Fodor's Expert Review Hilton Austin Airport

9515 Hotel Dr., Austin, Texas, 78719, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

Convenience is the specialty of the only hotel on the grounds of the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. The donut-shaped building, originally built in the '60s as a U.S. Air Force base, features a central atrium, with a dome soaring above three balconied floors, and limestone pillars surrounding a lounge area. Rooms overlook either the atrium or outdoor pool. A 24-hour business center near the front desk allows guests to print airline boarding passes before check out. Free shuttles run to and from airport terminals and a $1.50 Airport Flyer bus services downtown.


Very traditional hotel look—not dated nor particularly modern. The rooms are oversized with plenty of space, and all come with the Hilton Serenity Bed package featuring 250-thread count sheets and allergen-free beddings. Rooms with workspaces include a fancy Herman Miller desk chair.


Small, neutral-tone lavatories with marble vanities and well-lit mirrors. All bathrooms come with Serenity Bath products.


The best part of the hotel is that it once was an air commander center, which means the hotel is shaped like a donut. The large, airy four-story atrium is filled with plants, pillars, and ponds, and the ground floor is filled with the hotel’s restaurant and bar.

The hotel offers 24-hour shuttle service to the airport.

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The large outdoor saline pool features cabanas, lounge chairs and Texas topiary.


Located in the atrium, Creeks Restaurant offers a Southwestern menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ingredients are sourced locally with items from the hotel’s very back yard. Try their Crab-Stuffed Redfish or Blackened Mahi Tacos.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby’s coffee shop, Creeks Coffee, serves Starbucks beverages.


Relax in the lobby at Creeks Lounge where they serve up microbrew beers, local spirits, and cocktails made with local ingredients. This is a great stop to unwind, meet new friends or watch the game.


Getting Around

Since you’re at the airport, grabbing a rental car is easy. Or you can take a shuttle, Uber, taxi or even a limo into town.


One of the most impressive attributes of the Austin Airport is that all the eateries inside are locally owned. Popular favorites include Salt Lick BBQ (4-minute drive), Maudie’s (4-minute drive) and Second Bar + Kitchen (4-minute drive). Salt Lick is a venerable BBQ spot that serves up award-winning meats and sides. Maudie’s is a local chain of fresh Tex-Mex. The vibrant eatery has a large menu of everything from protein bowls to poblano crema enchiladas. Second Bar + Kitchen features a pared-down menu of the popular eatery located in Downtown Austin. Favorites include the Buffalo Fried Pickles and Black and Bleu pizza with black truffle, blue cheese, pork belly, and dates.


Live Oak Brewing Company (4-minute drive) is located just a hop, skip and a jump from the airport. This European-style microbrewery hosts tours, special tappings, food trucks & Biergarten events. The industrial-looking brewery with natural tones offers a Live Oak-shaded patio where guests can sip homemade beers in the Texas sun. Fara Café Coffee Shop (4-minute drive), located in the airport, is part coffee shop, part sports bar. There are TVs to watch the game with a variety of beer, wine and fair trade coffee to choose from.


The fact that this hotel was once an Airforce base makes this particularly noteworthy. How many hotels have you stayed in that once housed the military? Though the décor and design are lacking, the hotel has all the Hilton amenities which means the stay is comfortable and fills your needs and then some if needing to stay near the airport.




Phones: 512-385–6767

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