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The 7 Best Downtown Austin Hotels

Lauren Modery | April 17, 2018

Some of Austin’s best hotels are in the downtown area. Whether you’re looking for luxury, casual, modern or traditional, there is something for everyone in the vibrant and bustling epicenter of The Capital City.


Aloft at the Domain

Why it made the list

Like its sister hotel at The Domain, this quirky, colorful hotel caters to the young and hip. Rent a pair of cowboy boots from the front lobby so you can feel like a Texan, or enjoy an adult sno-cone and corn hole at the hotel’s bar, Upstairs at Caroline’s. Rooms are ultra-slick, with big windows looking out to the city and plush beds.

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Westin Austin at the Domain

Why it made the list

This glass-lined hotel is relatively new to Downtown Austin, and features an eclectic mix of Texan and mid-century modern décor. The rooms’ colors are in calming tones of earth and sea, and the inviting pool overlooks the city below with cabanas to lounge in and a bar to order from.

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Hilton Austin

Why it made the list

This large hotel is located right next to the Austin Convention Center, which makes it an easy starting point for people in town on business. It’s neither cutting edge nor antiquated, like its predecessors on this list, but it offers sizable rooms with luxury bedding, a couple of Austin-y eating options, a pool overlooking the city and a relaxing spa.

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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Why it made the list

Like The Driskill, this is another vintage hotel right in the heart of downtown. A grand staircase, pillars and intricate crown molding welcomes guests in the lobby, while spacious rooms with generous beds awaits them upstairs. The hotel’s terrace bar is a favorite with visitors and locals alike, and it’s a great spot to people watch.

Locally known as the “Stephen F.,” this 1924 hotel underwent Read More


W Hotel

Why it made the list

This one feels like it’s straight out of LA or NYC. The crowd at the W Austin is a glamorous one, and the accommodations match it. See or be seen in the hotel’s bar, The Living Room, or lounge in the sun at the Instagram-worthy pool, which features views of downtown, cabanas and pool-side beverage service.

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The Driskill Hotel

Why it made the list

There are many reasons why this hotel rates high on our list. First, it’s one of the few 19th century hotels in Austin, and the original décor is absolutely stunning. Second, it’s nestled right on the famous Sixth Street, which means guests can easily walk to almost everything in Downtown Austin. Third, it’s a great place to celebrity watch or grab a cocktail in the The Driskill Bar and feel like an oil tycoon.

Built in 1886 and impeccably restored, the Driskill represen Read More


Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Why it made the list

It comes as no surprise that the Four Seasons is our number one pick. Like all Four Seasons, this one goes above and beyond to make sure guests have an unforgettable stay. Guests can lounge on the back lawn, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the sights and sounds of Lady Bird Lake, or get a massage at the The Spa at Four Seasons. It’s no accident that President Obama stayed here when visiting Austin. It’s the lap of luxury!

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