Since opening in 2010, along with its adjacent Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Austin’s W Hotel has fast become the see-and-be-seen spot. The Second Street property, encompassing a city block, is the first mixed-use occupancy building of its type in the world to be LEED certified. Rooms are contemporary, yet warm and inviting. The lobby features a variety of hip hang-out spots, from the Records Room to Trace, the in-house restaurant featuring a locally-sourced, seasonal menu. The “WET deck” outdoor pool swells with beautiful people on weekends and the AWAY Spa provides a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city. A popular weekend brunch features live music and DJ sets.
Gray tones are the name of the game here, but each room features a hint of Mexican vibrancy in its choice of accents. Most have excellent views of downtown Austin and all have 300-count Egyptian sheets and goose-down comforters.
The hotel offers services for your furry friend, like dog walking and grooming.
Clean lines, modern tile work and warm lighting make for a relaxing atmosphere. All bathrooms come with Bliss bath products.
Futuristic with the occasional pop of color in a sea of monochrome. The fireplace bring the warmth, while the concrete floor and high ceilings bring the cool. The lobby spills into the lounge, so there is an abundance of places to sit and chat with strangers, take photos of the hipness of it all, or catch up on work email.
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The outdoor lap and lounge pool is open year-round and features cabanas, tanning chairs and happy hour. It’s more than easy to kick back here and feel like a Kardashian.
Massages, manicures and body treatments are available at the Away Spa.
The hotel features a large fitness center with plenty of treadmills and weight machines to choose from.
With an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients, New American eatery Trace is a one-stop shop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and cocktails. For those looking for just drinks, stop by the first floor’s The Living Room or the Wet’ Bar next to the pool.
Park your car and walk to the abundance of eateries and boutiques located in the heart of downtown. There is no shortage of things to do, and if you’re in town to enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown, all can be done close by the hotel. Otherwise a pedicab or Uber will get you to where you need to go.
James Beard-nominated La Condensa (3-minute walk) features inspired Mexican fare in a lively and open setting. Meat lovers need look no further than Lambert’s (5-minute walk) with its upscale take on Texas BBQ. For those looking for a light Mediterranean lunch or dinner, Numero 28 (3-minute walk) offers some of the freshest Italian plates like an endive and goat cheese salad, or a caprese panini.
New America eatery The Bonneville (3-minute walk) offers an impressive cocktail list featuring many Texas-made spirits, but if wine is your jam, check out Cru Wine Bar (2-minute walk) with their extensive list of moderately-priced to high-end wines and small plate pairings.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s easy to feel like a king or queen here; the hotel ensures that every need and desire are easily taken care of. With its plethora of amenities, one doesn’t even need to leave the hotel to have a good time, but the downtown location makes it easy to see the sights of Austin.