Best Places to Stay in Austin

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Best Places to Stay in Austin
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Austin, Texas, beckons with its unique blend of culture, music and outdoor beauty, making it a must-visit destination. Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin's vibrant music scene can be enjoyed in countless venues and festivals, catering to all musical tastes. Beyond the tunes, you'll discover a thriving culinary scene with mouthwatering barbecue and innovative food trucks. The city's dynamic atmosphere is complemented by its natural charms, including picturesque parks, hiking trails and the serene Lady Bird Lake. With its friendly locals and an unparalleled blend of city and nature, Austin promises an unforgettable experience that captures the spirit of Texas like no other place. The hotel scene in Austin is as diverse as the city itself, offering a wide array of accommodation options to suit various tastes and budgets. From luxury hotels with on-site live music venues to boutique inns and eco-conscious lodgings, Austin's hospitality scene has something for everyone. In this article we dive into some of the best places to stay in Austin.

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Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

A sumptuous, wellness-focused hotel perched in the hills overlooking Lake Travis.

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Hotel Magdalena

Ultra-millennial hotel with stylish decor and a picturesque restaurant.

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Austin Proper Hotel

Close to Ladybird Lake, this style standout has spectacular views across the city and a locals vibe in its four bars and restaurants, including the hotspot rooftop pool.

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Miraval Resort and Spa: Serene oasis for wellness and rejuvenation

Miraval Austin, a luxurious wellness retreat nestled within the scenic Texas Hill Country, sprawls over 220 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. This world-renowned resort offers a diverse range of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites and private villas, each designed for utmost comfort and tranquility, often providing stunning views of Lake Travis. Miraval's holistic wellness programs encompass activities like yoga, meditation, equine therapy and outdoor adventures, promoting physical and mental well-being. The Life in Balance Spa offers an array of therapeutic treatments, while the resort's cuisine is centered on fresh, locally-sourced and health-conscious ingredients. Miraval Austin also hosts specialized programs and workshops, fostering personal growth and self-discovery. With a focus on conscious living, the resort provides a serene environment for relaxation and renewal, making it a premier destination for those seeking wellness, reflection and personal enrichment in a picturesque natural setting.

Hotel Magdalena: Contemporary eco-conscious style in the heart of SoCo

Hotel Magdalena in Austin, situated in the bustling South Congress (SoCo) district, is a chic and eco-conscious boutique hotel that embodies a blend of modern design and sustainability. Featuring a minimalist aesthetic with a mid-century modernism influence, the hotel provides a comfortable stay in contemporary accommodations. Many rooms offer private balconies with views of the courtyard or the city. What sets Hotel Magdalena apart is its strong commitment to sustainability, boasting a gold-level LEED certification for its eco-friendly design and practices. The signature restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane, is a hub for farm-to-table cuisine and innovative cocktails. With an outdoor pool, fitness facilities, live music events and an ideal location near SoCo's eclectic shops and attractions, Hotel Magdalena offers a unique and environmentally conscious stay in the heart of Austin.

Austin Proper Hotel: The newest luxury lifestyle hotel on the banks of Lady Bird Lake

The Kelly Wearstler-designed Austin Proper Hotel, stands as one of the best places to stay in Austin, seamlessly blending luxury with a laid-back, indie-sultry sophistication. As you step through its grand black front doors, the interior exudes a lounge-like atmosphere, featuring raw wood accents, plush leather seating, and intricately embroidered armchairs, all complemented by a modern wooden staircase adorned with organic ceramics. Positioned along the picturesque Lady Bird Lake, this hotel concept comes to life as a luxurious urban retreat, marking one of Proper Hotels' first ventures outside of California. The rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, some with balconies and are adorned with warm textures and marble finishes in the bathrooms. The array of amenities includes full-sized soaking tubs, Aesop bath products and tech-savvy features like Bluetooth speakers, complimentary Wi-Fi, Apple TV and touchscreen controls for window shades and lighting. On-site, guests can savor a diverse culinary experience, including the award-winning Peacocks Mediterranean Grill offering a fusion of Israeli, Greek and North African cuisine. Meanwhile, La Piscina by the pool showcases Oaxacan fare and a raw bar, with additional light bites and pastries available at the Mockingbird Coffee Shop. A true highlight is Goldie's Sunken Bar, an exclusive haven for guests and residents, where creative cocktails and unforgettable renditions of margaritas await. Austin Proper Hotel is a treasured addition to the city's evolving landscape, offering unparalleled service from the moment you check in to the moment you check out.

The dining area of the hotel

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection: Luxury meets history in a picturesque setting

The Commodore Perry Estate Resort, a historic gem in Austin, Texas, holds a rich and storied past, originally crafted in the 1920s as a private mansion for Edgar Howard Perry. Designed by the renowned architect Henry Bowers Thompson, the estate boasts Mediterranean-inspired architecture, featuring stucco walls, red-tiled roofs and enchanting courtyards. Accommodations within the resort are elegantly appointed, offering a harmonious blend of classic charm and modern comforts. Lutie's Garden Restaurant serves as an upscale dining destination, showcasing farm-to-table cuisine against the backdrop of the estate's meticulously landscaped gardens. The property also provides a tranquil outdoor pool, fitness facilities, and is an exquisite venue for weddings, social gatherings and corporate events. Nestled in an upscale residential area, the Commodore Perry Estate Resort offers a serene escape, while its historical charm and natural beauty create a sought-after destination in the heart of Austin. Guests can also indulge in wellness and spa services during their stay.

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The Loren: Understated glamor and a touch of Caribbean hospitality

The Loren, a 108-room jewel box, boasts arguably the best location in downtown Austin, overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the city's growing skyline, with a hike and bike trail across the street connecting guests to Austin's top sights and famous quirks. This contemporary retreat combines excellent service with curated experiences, welcoming guests to its sleek and intimate urban oasis. The rooms exude upscale urban vibes with emerald tones and mid-century furnishings, complemented by stunning lake and city skyline views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Dining at Nido bar and restaurant is an elegant experience, while the Milk + Honey Spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation. Situated on the south bank of Lady Bird Lake, the Loren enjoys a prime location, with easy access to Austin's attractions and quirky local spots, making it an ideal base for exploring the city. The focus on service is evident from the moment you arrive, and the hotel's commitment to environmental sustainability, including the Loren Roots Initiative, demonstrates its dedication to responsible practices and fighting climate change, help making it truly one of the best places to stay in Austin.

View of the rooftop

Need to Know

With Austin's booming population and its appeal as a hub for business and pleasure events like SXSW, the city's hotel industry is on the rise, catering to the growing demand for diverse and immersive accommodations. From boutique hotels in eclectic neighborhoods to stylish downtown properties celebrating Austin's music culture and even a bohemian-spirited hostel, these establishments offer the perfect opportunity to experience the city like a local, complete with the essential cold longneck beer. Whether you're gearing up for a significant event or a spontaneous weekend getaway, our selection of the best places to stay in Austin are sure to make your visit to the capital city one to remember. Reach out to me to plan your trip to Austin and some of the Lone Star States best hotel and resorts.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Austin. In need of further inspiration? Check out Gabriela Cervantes’s guide, Best Places to Stay in Arizona.

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