The 7 Best Hotels in Downtown Austin

Stay in the middle of the action at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, one of the best hotels in downtown Austin
Stay in the middle of the action at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, one of the best hotels in downtown Austin | Courtesy of Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt / Expedia
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26 October 2020

With world-famous music venues, buzzing bars and some of the best restaurant concepts in the country, downtown Austin is the center of the city’s vibrant nightlife. Here are the best hotels in the area.

JW Marriott Austin

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Sitting right in the heart of downtown, the JW Marriott offers its guests a luxurious stay in a high-energy city. The ground floor is a cornerstone of the Second Street District, where you can find high-end shopping and new concept restaurants. Within a 10-minute walking radius, you could end up at the Texas State Capitol, the Sixth Street Entertainment District that hosts some of the city’s wildest bars, the famous Red River Cultural District that is home to several famous local music venues, or the gorgeous Lady Bird Lake. Inside, the bartenders know how to make a drink, and the hotel’s marquee restaurant, Osteria Pronto, offers top-notch Italian dining.
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Fairmont Austin

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Opened in 2018, the Fairmont Austin is the city’s largest hotel, with 1,048 rooms. The building towers on the east corner of downtown and at the southern tip of Austin’s Red River Cultural District. The hotel is only a short walk away from the best food trucks, nightlife and outdoor experiences the city has to offer. Or you can head to the Fairmont’s bar for an Old Fashioned, or make your way towards the food court with its array of dining options.

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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Independent Hotel, Hotel
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Built in 1924, the 15-story InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel was the city’s first high-rise hotel on the historic Congress Avenue. With an Art Deco facade and a lavish early 20th-century interior, the hotel offers its guests a variety of rooms, a pool that resembles a Turkish bathhouse, a gym and the high-end Roaring Fork restaurant. The hotel is only a few steps away from the historic Paramount Theatre and a quick walk from the Texas State Capitol.

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Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Set on the edge of the Rainey Street Historic District, the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt provides its guests with a luxurious experience from the moment they check in. The bar offers a curated collection of local craft beers, and Austin musicians always occupy the stage. Yoga mats are included in each room. Also, the hotel not only offers room service from its world-class restaurant, Geraldine’s, but you can also order room service from its professional spa staff. Head out to the pool deck to relax among the Austin skyline, or take one of the hotel bikes to cruise around downtown.

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  • The LINE Austin

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    With a beautiful pool deck, a history filled with music, a view of Lady Bird Lake that is second to none, a restaurant led by a Top Chef winner and a pets-stay-free policy, the LINE Austin flaunts the essence of its city in a classy way. Once a jazz club that broadcast its shows live on local radio in the 1960s, the property now hosts 428 guests rooms in arguably the best area of downtown. Once downstairs, you can walk a block north and be in the heart of downtown, take a brief walk south to the famous South Congress Bridge and neighborhood, or exit down into the city’s popular hike-and-bike trail for a trip around the lake.

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    The Driskill

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    Built in 1886, the Driskill is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. Located on East Sixth Street – the city’s central party area for tourists and college kids – the hotel’s architectural beauty and classic style is something to behold. Step inside, where the lobby’s marble floors, towering columns and ornate ceiling evoke the early 20th century. The hotel’s charming bakery serves up some of the best muffins and espresso in town, while the back bar and restaurant – where local artists often play sets on the grand piano – are a perfect way to begin and end your evening. The Driskill is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
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    W Austin

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    The four-star W Austin sits at the intersection of live music, great shopping, new restaurants and outdoor attractions. It overlooks the world-famous ACL Live at the Moody Theater, which attracts A-list music and comedy headliners, and is steps away from the Second Street District. The south-end rooms of the hotel come with a view of the spectacular Lady Bird Lake and its hike-and-bike trail. Accompanying the luxury rooms are the WET Deck – a semi-rooftop pool area always hosting parties and happy hours – and the Trace restaurant, featuring a fancy dining room, a locally sourced menu and a patio bar.
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    These recommendations were updated on October 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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