Austin: the small Texan city with a distinct personality. Music makes up the DNA of Austin quite unlike anywhere else – and this is only amplified by the annual SXSW that celebrates and propels new music and artists each March. It’s not just music either, there’s a real independent and creative spirit to Austin that makes it a unique spot in a vast state, and shouldn’t be missed. Discover our top places to stay in Austin below.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
A renovated Victorian property, Hotel Saint Cecilia is made up of just five suites, six poolside bungalows and three studios. It’s a boutique hotel that very much fits in – and is influenced by – the city in which it resides; named after the patron saint of music and poetry, inspiration is taken from 1960s and ‘70s art and beat poetry, as well as rock ‘n’ roll (of course). Expect old-school southern interiors with plenty of eccentricity and character, as well as one of the most-Instagrammable swimming pools in the city. Visit the Hotel Saint Cecilia website here.
Hotel San Jose
What originated as a motor court in 1936, Hotel San Jose is now a 40-room unique place to stay in Austin. It’s a hotel that mixes Texan charm with modernist style (Eames chairs make an appearance, as do bare concrete floors and walls), with a sense of calm running through the entire space. You don’t need to go far for a bite to eat either – in the car park is Jo’s, serving coffee beer and tacos, as well as hosting weekly music and film events. Visit the Hotel San Jose website here.
Hotel Van Zandt
With live music every night of the week, a restaurant with views across Lady Bird Lake and a location in one of the best bar-hopping districts in the city, it’s safe to say that Hotel Van Zandt is one of Austin’s best new openings. Dark furnishings, rich fabrics and statement light fixtures make this a luxurious place to stay – but comfy, worn in leather seating and a friendly atmosphere make it a relaxed and welcoming one too. Visit the Hotel Van Zandt website here.
A refurbished 1925 bungalow, the Heywood Hotel is unassuming from the outside – but don’t let that deceive you. There are seven (completely unique) guest rooms, making this more of a home from home than a hotel, all featuring handmade beds, minimalist en-suites, and some with balconies. Expect attentive service, local art and recommendations from the staff to the best places in town. Visit the Heywood Hotel website here.
South Congress Hotel
South Congress Hotel is no small boutique. There are 71 guest rooms, 10 suites and two premier suites, no less than five places to eat and drink, and a rooftop pool with views across downtown Austin. This doesn’t mean it’s lacking in personality or attention to detail though; at the South Congress understated luxury and style reign – think hardwood floors, custom furniture and a monochrome palette with just a touch of colour. Visit the South Congress Hotel website here.
Words by Angharad Jones