The Best Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Austin, Texas

There are plenty of bars and restaurants on East 6th Street in historic Downtown Austin
There are plenty of bars and restaurants on East 6th Street in historic Downtown Austin | © Ian Dagnall Commercial Collection / Alamy Stock Photo
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4 November 2021
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Keep Austin Weird may be the city’s slogan, but the capital of Texas has much more to offer than the offbeat, especially for families. Austin is a wonderful place for families to dive into delicious barbeque, the beautiful Lady Bird Lake and a whole hub of Texas-sized fun. Grab the kiddos, pack the road snacks, and cue up the show tunes; these family-friendly hotels in Austin – bookable with Culture Trip – are ready to host your big vacation.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, for sporty sprogs

Outdoor pool and cream-colored lounging furniture at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
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No, you’re not crazy for bringing the kids along on your time off at Omni Barton Creek. Granted, this resort and spa isn’t one of the standard family-friendly hotels in Austin, but that doesn’t mean that you and the kids can’t savor a luxurious stay. Got sport-loving teens? The hotel offers golf and tennis lessons on site. As for the little ones, mini-golf, s’mores kits and nature trails will make them happy campers.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Austin North (Pflugerville), TX, for waterparks and pizza

Room with colorful and modern decor at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
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Country Inn & Suites gets it: you’re a parent with a packed schedule and frayed patience. This hotel is right off of I-35, getting your family to Texas Typhoon Waterpark and Austin’s Park n’ Pizza within minutes. Free breakfasts are ready as soon as your kids are, and the free cookies and coffee come in clutch if any little feet are off to a slow start. Just be sure you pencil in a few quick cannonballs at the pool before checking out.

Archer Hotel Austin, for a sweet time

Bedroom with modern and subtle decor in elegant greys at the Archer in Austin
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Handmade salted caramels are waiting for you in your room (if you can get to them before the kids snaffle them up) at the Archer, but, if complimentary candy doesn’t get your brood on board, tell them that they can have whatever dessert they desire from the dozens of restaurants at the Domain. That’ll leave you to savor every element of your Texas-chic suite, along with the caramels, such as the floor-to-ceiling photo murals and the nail-studded platform beds.

Lone Star Court, by Valencia Hotel Group, for parental independence

Tear-drop-shaped outdoor pool at the Lone Star Court, by Valencia Hotel Group, surrounded by yellow loungers with blue-and-white striped towels
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Even your teens will admit that the Lone Star Court is pretty cool. The live music on Friday and Saturday nights is the perfect encore to an evening swim, and they’ll be thrilled when you tell them that they’re allowed to take complimentary bicycle rentals over to the movie theater at the Domain. For what it’s worth, you’ll dig this hip hotel, too, even if the kids don’t appreciate the barn-style bathroom doors or hinge-style desk with cowhide director’s chairs.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin Cedar Park, for tacos and concert tickets

The lobby at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Austin Cedar Park is kept in muted browns and greys and accentuated by modern lighting
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The kids are going to get a kick out of the Texas-shaped waffles at SpringHill Suites’ breakfast buffet. The breakfast tacos should be a hit, too, and, if all else fails, even the moodiest of minors will crack a smile splashing around in the pool. This family-friendly hotel in the Austin outskirts of Cedar Park is close to the HEB Center, in case you need to snag quick hockey, basketball or concert tickets for a kid-pleasing activity.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, for a digital detox

Bedroom at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa with two double beds with crisp white bedlinen and a door leading out into the garden
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Kids having a hard time putting their cellphones down? You’ll be blown away by how quickly they’ll stop scrolling at Lost Pines Resort and Spa. The Crooked River Water Park alone will have messages left unread, and the kids will double-tap the family hikes, corn hole games and nightly s’mores service. And, whenever they get a little sore for screen time, send them to the video arcade and conveniently forget to mention that they left their phones in the hotel room.

Homewood Suites by Hilton TechRidge Parmer @ I-35, for campus convenience

Generously sized suite at Homewood Suites by Hilton TechRidge Parmer, with a double bed, a sofa and two large windows with grey curtains
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As you get ready to let your UT Austin freshman finally leave the nest, Homewood Suites will keep you close to campus. You’ll need to keep the tissues nearby, though, as you cook up a few last family breakfasts in the in-suite kitchen. The campus is only 15 minutes away, though it’ll feel worlds away when you drop them off at their dorm. No need to fight back the happy tears; there won’t be a dry eye at the hotel’s evening social after you share a few heartwarming memories with other guests.

Comfort Suites Austin NW Lakeline, for a budget-friendly stay

Bedroom with light-green decor and furniture at the Comfort Suites Austin NW Lakeline
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If your idea of family-friendly hotels in Austin also means budget-friendly hotels in Austin, then Comfort Suites will suit you well. The free breakfast with its famous waffles will do your wallet and willpower good, especially if you’re hitting the city early to get a good spot in line at Franklin’s Barbeque (you’ll need the extra calories alone just to weather the queue time). Smoke-free facilities including the outdoor pool mean your family won’t be coughing up any cash or cooties.

Fancy a relaxing stay in Texas? Check out our guide to the best spa and wellness retreats in Texas, USA, bookable with Culture Trip.

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