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The Best Luxury Hotels in Austin

Lauren Modery | April 17, 2018

Once upon a time, Austin was a scrappy city. Luxury accommodations were few and far between. But with the increase of new residents and tourists, it’s now more common to find hotels that cater to those who can afford a little extra.


Hotel St. Cecilia

Why it made the list

Another gem from famed Austin hotelier Liz Lambert. A vintage private estate-turned-ultra hip boutique, this cozy spot delivers organic bedding, custom kimono robing, records and books to borrow and a charming courtyard to sip cocktails in. The most iconic feature of this trendy spot is an inviting pool backlit by a giant neon sign proclaiming “SOUL.” Like all her hotels, Lambert knows how to dish the luxury while maintaining a sense of informality and coolness.

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Kimber Modern

Why it made the list

A mini boutique in the heart of bustling South Congress Avenue, this modern bed and breakfast features stunning glass-filled architecture and amenities, such as a 25-foot glass water fountain in the charming courtyard, a virtual concierge and custom-made artwork. Built and maintained with great care, guests are guaranteed to have a stellar experience thought price per night can run a little steep.

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Lake Austin Spa

Why it made the list

This place has it all: spa, yoga, 20+ daily fitness activities, guest speakers and healthy made-to-order fare. Located on the Colorado River, this retreat is for those who need to get away from it all and treat their body and mind to a little TLC. It’s all-inclusive and located in pristine Texas nature, which means you’ll find little reason to want to venture into the city of Austin.

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InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Why it made the list

This grand hotel is one of the few turn-of-the-century accommodations left in Austin. The décor may be a little too old-fashioned, but the decadent beds and views of downtown are beyond luxurious. When not lounging in your comfy room, enjoy a cocktail or cigar on the terrace overlooking downtown Austin.

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Hotel Ella

Why it made the list

Located in a turn-of-the-century Greek-revival mansion next to The University of Texas at Austin, this swank boutique treats guests to modern amenities in a bygone setting. High-end dining at American bistro Goodall's Kitchen, a gorgeous lap pool, shoe shining services and 24/7 concierge services make this a lavish stay, but the relaxed setting and lazy veranda make it not too pretentious.

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W Hotel

Why it made the list

Unlike the Four Seasons and The Driskill, the W Austin offers luxury in a different way. This ultra-sleek hotel features a personal assistant for guests, dog grooming for your furry friend, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a rooftop pool and lounge that is 100% drool-worthy. When you step foot in here, you feel like you walked into Manhattan.

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The Driskill Hotel

Why it made the list

This iconic hotel has been dishing out luxury since the 1800s. With its tall ceilings, marble pillars and stained glass windows, this stalwart is truly a gem in the heart of Downtown Austin. Grab a drink in the posh The Driskill Bar, or treat your taste buds to a fine steak in The Driskill Grill. All the rooms feature ultra-posh décor and bedding guaranteed to make you feel like royalty.

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Why it made the list

Four Seasons are never inexpensive, but you definitely get what you pay for and then some. And the Austin Four Seasons is no exception. Not only is this hotel located on the scenic Lady Bird Lake, but it offers a host of high-end amenities, including steakhouse Trio, the relaxing Lobby Lounge known as "Austin's Living Room" and The Spa at Four Seasons.

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