Austin’s Best Staycation Ideas and Weekend Getaways
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Austin’s Best Staycation Ideas and Weekend Getaways

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Archer Hotel

Archer Hotel is north Austin’s most anticipated new hotel, bringing a luxe boutique hotel experience and sincere Southern hospitality to The Domain! With a nod to its Texas heritage, the eight-story boutique hotel mixes Texas limestone and wildflowers with the eclectic, creative soul of Austin. Discover 171 luxe guest rooms and suites, the acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen with celebrated chef David Bull, and a covered patio. Shop locally loved brands and national favorites, and experience how energetic and iconic Austin restaurants, bars, and spas are.

Austin Proper Hotel

Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy, an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Proper hotels and residences share a common belief in uncommon luxury, convenience of location, and world-class amenities. Anything less just wouldn’t be proper.

Bold, Historic Downtown Manor

Reviews state the photos don’t do this unique stay justice! Dream big in this gorgeously updated manor brimming with color and character. Chandeliers abound in the cherry red dining room and down a long hallway, with elegant marble busts and velvet vintage seating tastefully juxtaposed with modern art, fixtures, and flourishes. From here, the vibrant bustle of Austin is at your doorstep. It’s easy to dash out on foot to for coffee, barbecue, food truck fare, or to hear a local band.

Commodore Perry Estate

Reimagined by internationally renowned designer Ken Fulk, this private retreat brings a new level of contemporary glamour and whimsical soul to Austin. A modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, these picturesque grounds offer a welcoming 10-acre setting in the heart of the city. Now open, it’s the beginning of something special!

Dome House

The ATX Dome has 23’ high ceilings, 3 beds + Couch, 1.5 luxury baths, a hot tub, an outdoor shower, full wrap-around porch w/ patio lights, full kitchen w/ everything you need to cook, an amazing stereo, a view to die for (seriously one of the best views of the city you can find) – book your stay here and you’ll treasure the experience for the rest of your life! The owners have traveled all over and know the struggles of navigating a new place for the first time and trying to find an Airbnb late at night after a long day of travel. They provide a very easy self-check-in that includes pictures and videos so you won’t feel like are in the middle of a scavenger hunt and are available for any questions, but they aim to answer all questions before you ask them so you can spend your time enjoying Austin!

East Austin Hotel

The East Austin Hotel is a locally owned, operated, and loved boutique hotel in the heart of the bustling East Austin neighborhood just five blocks from downtown, a 15-minute walk to the Austin Convention Center, one mile from the Texas Capitol, and less than two miles from the University of Texas. Lay your head to rest in our chic-but-approachable accommodations inspired by mid-century modern Danish designs. With 75 rooms ranging from luxe to less, there’s something for everyone! Enjoy breakfast all day and night in global diner Sixth and Waller, sip international libations in rooftop bar The Upside, and feel transported to the tropics at Pool Bar!

East Side Beehive

Enjoy this clean, modern cottage nestled in a cozy but convenient Central East Austin neighborhood. Inspired by Japanese teahouses, this backyard cottage provides easy access to SXSW venues, ACL Fest, downtown, great restaurants, and public transportation while offering a peaceful retreat for resting and recharging. The Beehive is an easy bike, scooter, or Lyft ride to downtown and UT. And there are great tacos, sandwiches, BBQ, and coffee within walking distance. The train and bus lines are all handy. If you want to see a great photo spread on the Beehive, search for the magazine Tribeza and “downsizing.” They did a nice article on the place, and you can see more pics.

Fairmont Hotel

A towering icon within a vibrant Central Business District, Fairmont Austin is uniquely located amid the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek and directly connected to the Austin Convention Center! The newly opened 37-story luxury hotel features 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites with picturesque vistas of Lady Bird Lake, a dramatic cityscape, and the State Capitol. Guests indulge in exquisite dining, a pampering spa, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Fairmont Austin engages guests with the city’s famed music scene, as well as the area’s celebrated cuisine and diverse artistic lifestyle!

Heywood Hotel

Located smack dab in the middle of the hip East Austin neighborhood and surrounded by local restaurants, lounges, and shops, their modern boutique hotel is an easy walk to downtown, Rainey Street, Sixth Street, the Convention Center, and Lady Bird Lake! The Heywood Hotel is so cool that The New York Times wrote an outstanding review and said that, “A stay at this comfortable, stylish hotel feels like a visit to a good friend’s house — a friend with good taste, that is.”

Hotel Ella

Located in downtown Austin and within walking distance to the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin’s original landmark estates! Constructed in 1900, the Greek Revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation and now offers the perfect balance between modernity and rich history rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood and the university. With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking their front lawn, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces perfectly suited for your vacation, wedding, corporate event, and more!

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, Hotel Saint Cecilia takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960s, and early 1970s when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of an established convention! Hotel Saint Cecilia offers five different suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios that embody an equal love for the elegance of old-world luxury. The secluded property and lush grounds are open only to hotel guests, thereby offering a unique sense of privacy situated steps away from the heart of South Austin!

Hotel San Jose

Concrete floors and minimalist interiors afford impeccable cleanliness and a sense of calm. Handmade furniture. Custom sheets and kimono bathrobes. Malin + Goetz bath amenities. A minibar curated to address a variety of thirst and snack needs. Built in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, Hotel San José has been transformed into a 40-room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards! Their rooms and amenities are designed to establish a backdrop for a life of adventure and inspiration without the clutter of everyday existence. The Hotel San José is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks from downtown and Lady Bird Johnson Lake in the heart of one of Austin’s favorite neighborhoods!

Kimber Modern Boutique Hotel

Kimber Modern pays attention to every minute detail by creating an exceptional architectural work of art tailored toward the independent urban traveler who wants high-tech luxury but in an intimate setting! The hotel boasts a common area with computers and printers, plus a courtyard tucked under a canopy of old Texas Live Oaks. At Kimber Modern, you’ll have all the comfort of the finest hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast. Define your own experience through their invisible service concept, where everything you could want or need has been provided effortlessly at your fingertips. Release yourself from the usual constraints and notions of the average hotel and spend the night here!

Hotel Van Zandt

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music scene and your front-row seat to all the action! A perfect base whether you crash hard or chill out and a leader among Austin hotels with signature happenings and exclusive hideouts geared for music tastemakers. U.S. News & World Report named Hotel Van Zandt “2018 Best Hotels in Austin” and was ranked “Top 10 Hotels in Austin” by USA Today! You can bet there’s a shot of creativity and a hot streak of independence roped in that only boutique hotels like Kimpton can muster. This hotel is distinguished, laid back, and designed from the ground up to be an all-access pass to an authentic Austin experience!”

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Relax and enjoy the tranquility of Lakeside Reflections at the Lakeway Resort and Spa. Perched above the shimmering waters of Lake Travis, their Texas Hill Country Resort provides a variety of sports and recreational amenities for the entire family! They also feature a full-service spa, three large swimming pools, a whirlpool, a swim-up bar, and a slide area that’s terrific for kids. Enjoy cocktails with a view at our rustic lower lobby bar, savor creative Southern cuisine at our restaurant with outside seating featuring panoramic lake views and set sail for a day on the lake from the marina or tee off from a championship golf course. Escape to their beautiful lakeside resort and discover majestic Austin accommodations in a rustic setting that will inspire your senses and stir your soul!

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort invites you to escape the hustle and bustle of life and head to their secluded retreat on the shores of Lake Austin! Embrace relaxation while enjoying all-inclusive packages complete with elegant accommodations, gourmet dining, unlimited indoor and outdoor fitness activities, and discovery programs! Whether you’re deserving of some quality pampering time, looking to reconnect with nature or desire a guilt-free getaway, let your journey begin at Lake Austin Spa Resort! They’ve also gone through recent renovations!

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

In keeping with the spirit of Austin, Texas, Miraval Austin Resort & Spa (who recently partnered with Hyatt) does things a little differently. More than a spa resort, health retreat, or luxury hotel, they’re a unique kind of well-being space that puts purpose and people at our core, serving as a catalyst for changing lives and celebrating individuality. At Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, the sky feels bigger, the trees tell stories, and the quiet imparts an inspired perspective!

Sage Hill Inn & Spa

Sage Hill Inn & Spa sits atop a hill on 88 acres above Onion Creek, with sweeping views of the Hill Country to the West! The location offers beautiful views of the Hill Country, the ideal setting for a romantic Texas getaway. The sunsets are spectacular, and because the night sky is unimpaired by city lights, you can enjoy a sweeping view of the stars. Our bed and breakfast land is rich with wildlife, including deer, blackbuck antelope, wild turkey, foxes, raccoons, and abundant birdlife. The Sage Hill Inn & Spa is in an ideal location near Austin, right in the middle of the Hill Country Wine region, a few minutes from the Salt Lick BBQ, yet only fifteen minutes from the San Marcos Outlet Malls. You’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle but be able to drive there in no time!

South Congress Hotel

South Congress Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the South Congress neighborhood in Austin, Texas. The hip hotel offers many different restaurants, bars, cafés, and hotel rooms with views of River City, Travis Heights, and Bouldin Creek! These rooms offer peaceful views of the hotel’s interior courtyard and greenscape, where you’ll also find coffee shop gem Mañana, Austin’s historic Travis Heights neighborhood, and are quiet retreats, complete with bespoke Matteo bed linens, a locally sourced minibar, and a large walk-in shower that features a rainfall showerhead and C.O. Bigelow bath & body products!

The Carpenter Hotel

Carpenter Hotel is in an old hall in a grove of pecan trees at the edge of Zilker Park, near pretty much everything. At Carpenter Hotel, there’s good food, good drinks, good coffee, and a pool for hot, lazy days!

The Driskill

On the corner of 6th and Brazos streets, in the heart of downtown Austin, stands a historic landmark of Texas hospitality: The Driskill. Built in 1886, The Driskill is a historic hotel steeped in character and an old-fashioned sense of hospitality. For more than a century, this iconic hotel has hosted restful nights, inspired gatherings, momentous occasions, and more. With 189 well-appointed guestrooms with 19th-century architectural details, three top-notch food and beverage outlets, storied spaces, and matchless service, The Driskill is ready to welcome you to be a part of Texas history!

The Line Austin

At the crossroads where Town Lake meets downtown, the LINE draws influence from both the surrounding natural beauty and the creative energy that fuels the city. The convergence of the lush landscape and the vibrancy of the Capitol, historic theaters, music culture, and contemporary art is reflective of the spirit of Austin itself; green at heart and full of life. Summer in the city: the LINE Austin is where locals and travelers alike meet over arts, culture, and dining experiences. They’re booking now for staycations, vacations, and everything in between!

The Otis Hotel

The Otis Hotel believes that life should be an adventure in elevated living by offering easygoing luxury. Boutique guest rooms feature nods to Austin’s history as The Live Music Capital of the World, as well as the neighboring university with in-room vinyl record players and vintage schoolroom touches. Indulge in a collection of inspired cuisine, including a modern upscale neighborhood restaurant, a street-side walk-up burger window, an open-air wine and tapas lounge, and the only rooftop pool and lounge near campus. The Otis delivers a learned heritage of sophisticated hospitality in one of the country’s most exciting cities!

W Austin Hotel

Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city’s eclectic energy, headlining the vibrant 2nd Street District in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and pulsating with its spirit of independence and creativity! Local eats at Trace restaurant, socializing in the Living Room, getting into rock star shape at FIT, detoxing in AWAY Spa, and soaking it in at a WET pool party, all while making it easy to be green! Settle in and indulge in the comforts of the W’s 251 rooms-perfectly positioned windows with postcard views of Lady Bird Lake or the downtown skyline!

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