Though it’s nestled on the corner of two major freeways, don’t let the location fool you—this hotel has class. And Beyonce. Beyonce greets you when you walk through the door (a painting, of course). A recent do-over means a hodgepodge of décor, but something about it works.
Wrought iron lighting fixtures and classic lines with a pop of color. Rooms feature crystal white linens and ombre curtains.
Featuring shades of gray (not the kinky kind) with granite countertops and in-mirror lighting.
Somehow the leftover Renaissance window and doorways match perfectly with the hip artwork of Texas music heroes lining the walls. Modern seating with a Latin twist, and metal light fixtures add a touch of abstract.
Make sure to ask the front desk about the carefully curated collection of unique artwork.
With palm trees, fountains and arched walkways, one would think they were lounging in a pool in bygone Italy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A sundeck and hot tub are also on the grounds.
The small fitness room offers treadmills, ellipticals and free weights.
Texture Food & Drink features an Austin-inspired menu with locally grown ingredients and items smoked in-house. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus are available, as are cocktails, wine and local beers.
Located right off the freeway, it’s safer to rent a car, or hail a taxi or Uber to get you around town.
Peruvian food is a rarity in Austin, so Lima Criolla (3-minute drive) is a must. The original recipes pull from other international cuisines and the no-frills eatery is known for its delicious ceviche. For Tex-Mex in a romantic atmosphere, look no further than Vivo (4-minute drive). Make sure to check out their happy hour with their cheap tacos and punchy margaritas.
Come for the local and regional beer, stay for the 20+ flavors of chicken wings at sports bar Plucker’s (3-minute drive). For something a little more divey and neighborhood-y, head to Nomad Bar (7-minute drive) and grab a cheap mixed drink or pizza in their bare-bones setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Once forgettable, the recent upgrades and design pops make this awkwardly located hotel worthy of a stay. And the best part is—the décor and comfort say the W Hotel while the prices still say DoubleTree.