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.
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.
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.
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.
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.