The Best Cheap Hotels in Downtown Austin, Texas

Austin is the capital city of Texas
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3 November 2020

Considering the low cost of living in Texas when compared to the country’s other major metropolitan areas, traveling on a budget in Austin is easy. Although prices vary throughout the city, even Downtown Austin has relatively cheap options for your stay.

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

Located on the eastern edge of Downtown Austin, the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown offers guests accommodation close to the city’s top-notch nightlife scene. Only a block away from the famous Sixth Street Entertainment District and a short walk to several of the best live-music venues in the Red River Cultural District, the surrounding area has no shortage of thrills to complement the quiet, efficient design of the hotel.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Native Hostel Austin

Native Hostel is a favorite spot for local people to grab a drink, and is also popular with travelers for its unique yet affordable hospitality experience so close to Downtown. Native Hostel provides shared accommodations for its guests, as is typical for hostels. The downstairs bar and lounge area offers local craft beer and handcrafted cocktails in a dimly lit, industrial-style interior.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites Austin Downtown

    The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Austin Downtown lies on the edge of the city’s Red River Cultural District. Sitting right on the eastern side of Downtown, this Holiday Inn Express is a 15-minute walk from the best that Downtown Austin has to offer. The Texas State Capitol is within walking distance, and the University of Texas campus is a five-minute drive away.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol

    Right next door to the Texas State Capitol and within walking distance of Austin’s historic Congress Avenue, the no-frills La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol sits in a prime location and offers guests a clean, comfortable stay. Visitors can access the rest of Downtown Austin easily, as many of the area’s most popular spots are within a 15- to 20-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel has 152 rooms, and offers daily housekeeping, a pool and a complimentary continental breakfast.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    Firehouse Hostel

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    Firehouse Hostel
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    Not a chain hotel person? Spice it up with a unique experience at the Firehouse Hostel. The old fire station, built in 1885 right in the middle of Downtown Austin, offers guests a snug, warm place to stay, complete with a comfy speakeasy bar downstairs with incredible cocktails and live music. Shared rooms sleep four or six people. Everything you could want from the city’s Downtown area is readily available and within walking distance.

    These recommendations were updated on November 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.