If you’re in Austin to keep your eye on the ball, you’ll need a hotel close to the action. Book yours with Culture Trip, and it’s game on.
Austin in Texas is hip, yes, but some of its key attractions are timeless: Texans sure love football – so much so that they won’t be sated by the NFL. That explains the popularity of college football, which is followed statewide. Since 1924, the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas has been home to the Longhorns football team. For travelers coming into town to witness a game, here are the best places to stay near this historic stadium.
If you don’t mind a slightly longer commute (say, 20 minutes), make the Domain, well, your domain. It’s North Austin’s pretty new development – similar in atmosphere to Brookfield Place NYC or Uptown Dallas – full of fashion, dining, nightlife, apartments and, of course, hotels. Archer Hotel Austin has a distinct Hill Country feel, mixing contemporary rooms with unserious local touches such as cowboy-hat-wearing rubber duckies and quirky slippers. The restaurant, Second Bar+ Kitchen, serves Southern fare faves like shrimp and grits.
Another Domain darling, Lone Star Court is a retro-ranch concept that channels Austin and the Hill Country. The colorful rooms feature beds with egyptian-cotton linens, sliding barn doors and snacks in antique bottle crates. Amenities have Austin’s year-round warm weather in mind: outdoor fire pits, live music and even a pool evocative of a local swimming hole. When the festivities have finished you, relax, and fill up at food trucks Aurora and Waffle Taste or at the Southern sit-down joint the Water Trough.
In a nutshell, Colton House Hotel is your chance to live like an Austinite. Here, you can choose from apartment-style suites in all shapes and sizes, such as studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom rooms. Deep sleep is guaranteed: all are furnished with luxury Serta king-size beds, fully equipped kitchens and washer-dryers. The three-bedroom suites have especially large dining and lounge areas – perfect places for hanging out after the game with your traveling party.
Consistently topping the-best-hotels-in-Austin lists, this branch of the Kimpton brand is a splendid place to stay downtown, just an eight-minute drive from the stadium. Thematically, it nods to the music scene (the city is hailed as the Live Music Capital of the World), with in-room record players and popular acoustic sets at onsite restaurant Geraldine’s. It’s off the notoriously wild Rainey Street, but don’t worry – sound-proof rooms ensure an undisturbed, restorative sleep.
ZaZa’s setting, in the heart of downtown, means dining and entertainment at your fingertips once the game’s over. It’s right by a slew of stellar haunts on 2nd Street, Republic Square Park, the Texas Capitol and much more. The hotel is sociable, too: filled with local regulars who love the Group Therapy restaurant overlooking the rooftop pool, and downstairs cafe Perfect Strangers.
Ask any Austin resident what comes to mind first when they think of the LINE Austin, and they’ll say tacos – there’s an outpost of Veracruz All Natural here, and those mouthfuls are the best things that’ll pass your lips on gameday. Scoffing aside, rooms are photogenically modern, full of rustic Texan charms such as artworks by local artists, light fixtures reminiscent of fireflies, and vintage books that’ll tell you all about the state. The hotel is a cool 10-minute drive to DKR.
Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best spa hotels in Austin, or find out where to stay in the city for a local experience. Inspire your itinerary with the best outdoor activities in and around Austin, and hit the open road with this trip to San Antonio. Make sure you stop off for an incredible restaurant lunch before you go.
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