Hotel Guide

Hotels in Austin

Intercontinenal Stephen F. Austin

701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 457-8800
www.austin.intercontinental.com
$215

Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin (named for the state’s founder) is a stone’s throw from the Texas State Capitol Building, and the city’s power brokers regularly meet on its upstairs terrace for drinks, bargaining, and a taste of Chef Patrick Newman’s upscale Texas-style bar food (think ancho shrimp and five-spice quail) at Stephen F’s. Travelers in the know enjoy the perks of staying at an international chain (reward points, ahem)  with an ample dose of local charm—the hotel was originally constructed in 1924 and has historic landmark status. Intercontinental club members can enjoy complimentary Champagne at teatime, cocktails at happy hour, and a breakfast buffet for the morning after. And all guests can take advantage of the whirlpool, heated lap pool, and extensive fitness equipment.


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Hotel San Jose

1316 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78704
(512) 852-2350
www.sanjosehotel.com
$175

Step out of the boho-chic shops of South Congress and into the urban oasis that it Hotel San Jose. Built in 1939 as a motor court, the refurbished bungalow-style rooms circle a postage stamp pool and courtyard, where you can drink sangria and nibble on appetizers before hitting the town. The décor is rustic Texas modern with low-lying platform beds, Eames chairs, concrete floors, cowhide rugs, and vintage rock posters. Plus, each room has a front porch and chairs; it’s a mini Southern home away from home, only with a better decorator. Low-key luxury is the key here: mini-fridges are packed with Texas Amber Bock and other local brews, along with sparkling Topochiko, and the bathroom is stocked with herbal Malin and Goetz soaps and shampoos. For breakfast, and a taste of the Austin community, just cross the parking lot for a coffee, an egg and bean taco, and an hour or so of people watching at Jo’s.


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Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 482-8000
www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/index.do
$158

Hilton Austin offers the conveniences of a large conference hotel with the ultimate downtown location—it’s steps from Sixth Street party central and the Austin convention center. Its Tower Health Club and Spa boasts a pool, state-of-the art fitness equipment, and a tranquil spa for pampering. And guests can stop by fine-dining Finn & Porter at happy hour for specials on Chef Triet Huynh’s sushi or stay for a memorable dinner of creative steaks and seafood from Chef Ryan Gosset. Comfortable, business-ready rooms complete the stay.


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Driskill

604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 474-5911
www.driskillhotel.com
$229

The Driskill is the grand dame of Austin Hotels, and, recently celebrating its 125th anniversary, she’s still the pulsing heartbeat of the city. On any given night, the upstairs bar and lounge area is packed with families, businessmen, and revelers, all listening to live music and taking in a swig of the city. And a great number of the city’s events begin up its sweeping staircase in a fit-for-a-belle ballroom. The service at the Driskill is impeccable; every member of the staff takes a great pride in passing on a piece of Texas hospitality. Whether you’re dining at the four-star Driskill Grill or requesting a new toothbrush, you are the Driskill’s top priority. Its 189 guest rooms—decorated with Hill Country charm—are split between the original 1886 structure and a newer tower constructed in 1929. If you’re looking for history, great food, or just a good time, the Driskill is waiting.


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