The Best Cheap Hotels in Downtown Austin, Texas
Austin has an array of great cheap hotels for you to choose from | © CrackerClips Stock Media / Alamy Stock Photo
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, a cheap hotel in Downtown Austin is totally doable.
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.
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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.
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.
La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol
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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.
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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.