Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Austin

500 E. 4th St., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

Austin's tallest hotel rises 31 stories over one of downtown's quieter blocks, next to small Brush Park (home to the O. Henry House), but the Hilton is defined by its proximity to the Austin Convention Center. Only two blocks away, fully equipped with meeting rooms, two restaurants, coffee shop and business center, this is the conventioneers' hostelry. Standard rooms have two full beds or one king and a leather loveseat. The entire eighth floor is a 16,000-square-foot health club with an outdoor saltwater pool, steam room and sauna, and state of the art gym with views of UT's stadium. The onsite Finn and Porter restaurant is an excellent option for steak or sushi.


Minimal and modern with natural hues and the occasional touch of color. Most rooms have beautiful views of Downtown Austin and beyond, and all offer large comfy beds with hypoallergenic comforters and pillows, 250-thread count sheets.

The hotel offers a 24-7 business center.

king bed guest room
Photo: king bed guest room
presidential suite parlor 2
Photo: presidential suite parlor 2
presidential bedroom (view from bathroom)
Photo: presidential bedroom (view from bathroom)


Small but clean and sleek bathrooms with marble countertops and Peter Thomas Roth bath products.


High ceilings and large windows with touches of wood and contemporary design. The hustle and bustle of visitors and business people utilizing the hotel’s conference services makes you feel a part of the action. Starbucks has an outpost here, as does a full-service UPS.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Excellent spot for business travelers. The hotel offers over 80,000 square feet of meeting space with start-of-the-art equipment.

concierge booth
Photo: concierge booth
front desk counter
Photo: front desk counter / Ethan Tweedie Photography
digital corner
Photo: digital corner / Ethan Tweedie Photography


Located outside on the 8th floor, the pool and Jacuzzi offer excellent views of the city and plenty of places to get some sun, meet new friends or catch up on emails.

pool bar up close
Photo: pool bar up close
pool at dusk
Photo: pool at dusk


Eighth-floor Skyline Spa & Health Club is the spot to unwind and relax with hot stone massage, ultimate hydration facial or classic manicure. Steam rooms and saunas are also available.

skyline spa lounge
Photo: skyline spa lounge
skyline spa treatment room
Photo: skyline spa treatment room


Cannon & Belle serves up classic American breakfast, lunch and dinner made with local ingredients in an ultra-modern setting. They also feature specially crafted cocktails and kombucha on tap. If wanting chow down on Austin’s favorite food item—the taco—look no further than the vibrant The Austin Taco Project which serves inventive tacos inspired by international flavors and highlighting craft beers on tap.

Austin taco project bar and restaurant view
Photo: Austin taco project bar and restaurant view
starbucks dining area
Photo: starbucks dining area


Getting Around

Located right in the heart of downtown means getting around foot works just fine. However, if you want to venture further, renting a bike or hailing an Uber or pedicab is better.


Sixth Street bar Casino El Camino (30-minute walk) is known for its big, sloppy award-winning burgers that have been featured on various food travel shows. The popular dive also has “the best jukebox in town.” Eddie V's Prime Seafood (3-minute) is a class act, offering the freshest cuts of steak and seafood in a white tablecloth yet casual setting. They also feature hand-crafted cocktails and extensive wine list. Moonshine Grill (4-minute walk) is great for those wanting to indulge in upscale Southern food in a class old-timey Austin building.


The Russian House (2-minute walk) is like no other place in Austin. Besides offering up traditional Russian fare in a fun, antiquated setting, the large 5th street restaurant also has over 100 infused vodkas with flavors like cigar or chocolate. Old-school Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill (7-minute walk), home to of the original Mexican Martini, offers a pub menu with all-natural meat, large beer selection, and signature martinis. Great spot for sitting on the patio and enjoying the scenery of downtown.


This hotel has it all—great downtown location, comfortable digs, spa, and gym—without the hefty price tags as its nearby peers. We also like that this is a functional spot for business travelers without compromising the luxurious amenities. Not your standard hotel dining options, and the pool is just wow.




Phones: 512-482–8000

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