3 Cool Hotels in Austin, Texas’ Fun & Quirky Capital

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    Creative, quirky and fun, Texas’ capital is a great destination for both business and pleasure. Likewise, the coolest hotels in Austin, Texas capture this iconic city’s best qualities. 

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    What’s the best part of Austin, Texas to stay in?

    It’s hard to go wrong with Downtown Austin. It’s centrally located, filled with neat sights and attractions — including some of the city's most famous music venues — and there are a lot of great hotels.

    Otherwise, the answer really depends on your plans. If you’re not quite sure what those are yet, our guide to things to do in Austin has a few great ideas.

    The 3 best hotels in Austin, Texas

    Read on for three of our favorite hotels in Austin, Texas.

    (Consider other Texas destinations, too? See our guide to hotels in Houston.)

    1. Austin Proper Hotel: a unique hotel that plays into Austin’s artful vibe

    Image courtesy of Austin Proper Hotel

    Self-described as having an “Arts and Crafts” aesthetic, Austin Proper Hotel is designed by interior architect Kelly Wearstler and features a unique, indie-esque style that relies heavily on distressed woods, eclectic decor and a surprisingly homey feel. The result is one of the coolest boutique hotels in Austin.

    Amenities include an award winning spa, diverse on-site restaurants and a luxurious array of guestrooms and suites, most of which provide sweeping views of Downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake. And speaking of Downtown, Austin Proper’s location is pretty stellar. It’s only a couple blocks from ACL Live, Austin’s premier music venue, and right in the thick of some of the city’s best dining and shopping. 

    Pro tip: Goldie's Bar at Austin Proper is a guest-only bar and a favorite hangout for Austin celebrities.

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    Fora Perks at Austin Proper:

    • Breakfast daily. 

    • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible. 

    2. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection: a stately hotel in Austin that’ll make you forget you’re only minutes from Downtown

    Image courtesy of Commodore Perry Estate

    If you’re looking for a (seemingly) secluded luxury getaway to Austin, Commodore Perry Estate may be your dream choice. High walls and formal grounds present the illusion of staying somewhere in the western European countryside — yet this five-star hotel in Austin is only a short drive away from Downtown, in the fairly busy neighborhood of Hancock.

    Meticulously-maintained vintage furniture and decor graces every room and suite of Commodore Perry Estate, offering a glimpse into the lives of the estate’s original residents (1920s business mogul Edgar “Commodore” Perry and his wife Lutie). Whereas Austin Proper embraces new-age luxury with a hip and artful twist, Commodore Perry Estate leans heavily into 1920s glamor (think The Great Gatsby).

    (Want to sample Austin’s unique gastronomy? Check out our foodie’s guide to Austin.)

    Fora Perks at Commodore Perry Estate:

    • $100 food / beverage credit.

    • Breakfast daily.

    • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

    3. Fairmont Austin: a bold & luxurious ultra-modern hotel in Downtown Austin

    Image courtesy of Fairmont Austin

    Found at the southeasternmost tip of Downtown — literally next door to the main SXSW venue and Austin Convention Center — Fairmont Austin towers above its neighbors to grant its guests stunning views of the city from the bold and lavish comforts of its contemporary rooms and suites.

    In terms of amenities, this luxurious Austin hotel features several upscale restaurants, a coffee shop and a swanky cocktail lounge that hosts nightly live music (a staple in Austin). There’s also a full-service spa, rooftop pools with cabanas and 2,800 square foot fitness center. This hotel in Austin is a true gem that combines luxury and comfort.

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    Fora Perks at Fairmont Austin:

    • $100 hotel / resort credit.

    • Breakfast daily.

    • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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    Not sure Austin is the right destination for your next trip? Check out these guides, too:

    This article has been fact checked by Fora Advisor Kris Weir, an expert on travel to Austin, Texas.

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