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Austin's hotel scene is hot, from exciting newcomers to perennial favorites

Austin has been growing by leaps and bounds, and the hotel scene has been hopping to keep up with demand. Our picks for the 10 Best hotels in Austin includes some longtime favorites such as the Four Seasons and Stephen F. Austin; historic beauties like the Driskill Hotel; pampering resorts to get away from it all such as Lake Austin Spa Resort and Omni Barton Creek; and some exciting newcomers including Hotel Van Zandt and the boutique hotels Ella and Heywood.

The hotel and resort scene in Austin these days is an exciting one. Many of the top hotels are a place to see and be seen, with some of the city's best restaurants and hot nightspots where locals and visitors alike gather for craft cocktails or the live music that Austin is famous for. Many of these hotels are also sought after as destinations for weddings and venues for some of the best parties in town. 



Hotel Van Zandt is a refined riff on Austin's world-famous music scene, in the middle of all the action in the Rainey Street District. Hotel Van Zandt is a locally owned boutique Kimpton brand, fully imbued with the Austin vibe. From the local...  Read More

Uptown / Arts District


The historic 1900 Wooten mansion came under new ownership in 2013, undergoing an impressive multi-million dollar update to create a luxurious boutique hotel that retains its historic charm. Named after Ella Wooten, the original mistress of the...  Read More



The Heywood Hotel embodies the intangible elements that define Austin: Creative. Easy going. Thoughtful. Cool. Located smack dab in the middle of the hip East Austin neighborhood and surrounded by local restaurants, lounges and shops, this...  Read More



Consistently topping the lists nationwide for wellness resorts, Lake Austin Spa Resort is an award-winning destination spa tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offering more than 100 treatments alongside luxurious accommodations,...  Read More



Also known as the 'Stephen F' by native Austinites, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin has been part of the city scene for more than 60 years. A central location puts you blocks in either direction of all Austin's main attractions. It also...  Read More



Nestled within 4,000 secluded acres of rolling hills outside Austin, Texas, this luxury resort offers outstanding accommodations, a full spa, four golf courses, pools, conference facilities, and great dining. Whether it's a day at the pool, a...  Read More

Congress Avenue


Hotel Saint Cecilia is a secluded hotel in Austin's South Congress District. It is one part Rolling Stone and the other part Andy Warhol. It's walking distance to some of Austin's best restaurants, bars, and shopping. Each of the five suites,...  Read More



On the green banks of Lady Bird Lake, Four Seasons Austin creates a resort with garden tranquility near the Convention Center and the renowned entertainment district. Enjoy legendary Texas hospitality, sophisticated dining, lakeside fitness,...  Read More



Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city's electrifying eclecticism, headlining the vibrant 2ND Street District in the "Live Music Capital of the World," and pulsating with its spirit of independence and creativity....  Read More



The centrally located Driskill Hotel is listed as one of the "Historic Hotels of America" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas...  Read More


Meet Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves yoga, indie movies,...  More About Shelley