8 boutique hotels in Austin, Texas

As the spring travel bug begins to spread, you’ll want to keep Austin, TX on your list of potential destinations. From honky-tonk concerts and kayaking on Lady Bird Lake to unique dining and shopping opportunities, there are plenty of reasons to visit this notoriously quirky Texas town. But lately, Austin’s status as a haven for boutique hotels has landed it on our radar in a big way. These eight Austin boutique hotels live rent-free in our daydreams. Check them!

8 boutique hotels in Austin, Texas

The Carpenter’s Hotel

400 Josephine Street, Austin, Texas 78704 • (512) 682-5300

The Carpenter Hotel is a unique space with a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and a serene outdoor pool perfect for a lazy day with a book and a cocktail. If you’re looking for adventure beyond the hotel grounds, downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, and the Ann and Roy hiking and biking trail are just steps away. . Popular with locals and tourists alike, this 93-room hotel truly epitomizes spacious, open-air Austin style and features an exceptional cafe and restaurant.

Guests love the outdoor spaces available at The Carpenter, ideal for relaxing. You can even order food and drinks from the hotel restaurant and bar which will be delivered directly to the pool. Picture: Instagram

Hotel Magdalena

1101 Music Ln., Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 442-1000

Located in the heart of the South Convention District (also known as the “SoCo”), Hotel Magdalena offers 89 rooms in a Southwestern style, complete with a pool, bar, and restaurant. The full-service restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane, offers a menu inspired by “sophisticated simplicity” — a touch of unpretentious luxury — while Magdalena Bar offers more casual small bites and an extensive beverage selection. The bright color palettes around the hotel fit in well with the eclectic shops, bars, and restaurants just off South Congress. As a bonus, Hotel Magdalena offers regular happy hours and a full weekend brunch.

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Restaurant at the Magdalena Hotel in Austin, Texas

Hotel Magdalena features vibrant color palettes throughout the space. In the photo, the on-site restaurant is decorated in retro greens and blues. Picture: Instagram

East Austin Hotel

1108 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas 78702 • (737) 205-8888

Locally owned and operated in the heart of East 6th Street, the East Austin Hotel has 75 rooms and is just steps from the excitement of downtown. With a unique location in a corner of the city centre, this boutique property boasts a fabulous pool, cocktail bar and two exclusive restaurants – you can’t go wrong with this location. The East Austin Hotel offers five distinct spaces to host private events of varying sizes, as well as an events calendar typically filled with happy hours and watch parties.

Aerial view of the pool area of ​​the East Austin Hotel, a boutique hotel in Austin, TX

The East Austin Hotel is conveniently located in the middle of the action of downtown Austin, but guests can still find refuge in the private pool. Picture: Instagram

Hotel San Jose

1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 444-7322

Another Southern Congress favorite for locals and foreigners alike, Hotel San José is the perfect intimate spot for a girls’ weekend or small-group getaway. The Hotel San José is truly a place of charm. Deliciously intimate, this property offers just eight guest rooms, a luxurious private pool accessible only to hotel guests, and the best gelato in town. Worth noting, the Austin-inspired robes provided in the rooms are to die for — and they’re available for purchase in the hotel lobby.

Bed in the room of the Hotel San Jose

Peaceful and intimate, Hotel San José is perfect for girls’ weekends and couples’ getaways. Picture: Kate Reddick

The Austin LINE

111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701 • (512) 478-9611

If you’re looking for a hip vibe, look no further than The LINE. With fabulous tiles, neon signs, an incredible pool and gorgeous views from every room, The LINE also features chef Kristen Kish’s restaurant, Arlo Grey. And with an impressive 424 rooms, this property is the largest on our list and perfect for hosting wedding guests or other private events. As a bonus, The LINE is only a few blocks from Austin’s infamous Bat Bridge, where crowds gather every night at sunset to watch the bats fly below the bridge. It’s a must when you’re in Austin!

Granite counter overlooking the water at The LINE Austin, a boutique hotel in Austin, TX

The LINE offers a hip hotspot with picturesque city views. Picture: Instagram

Hotel Ella

1900 Rio Grande St., Austin, TX 78705 • (512) 495-1800

Now a peaceful hotel property, Hotel Ella was once a private estate house, originally built in 1900 and then first renovated in 1910. The building still features original architecture that is sure to impress for any wedding , private event or weekend getaway. With only 47 rooms, Hotel Ella is ideal if you are looking for a quieter vacation. The hotel also has a private pool, signature restaurant, lounge bar offering coffee, pastries, a selection of cocktails – and even full afternoon tea service available by reservation. !

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Wall decoration hanging on the table in the dining room of the Ella hotel

Hotel Ella’s signature restaurant, Goodall’s, offers a casual yet sophisticated take on Austin cuisine. Picture: Instagram

Hotel Sainte Cecile

112 Academy Dr., Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 852-2400

If you’re in Austin for the music scene, look no further than the Saint Cecilia Hotel, named for the patron saint of music and poetry. Featuring colorful and eclectic decor inspired by Hunter S. Thompson and Anne Sexton, a 50-foot heated pool, and just 14 rooms, Hotel Saint Cecilia fits the bill for a proper boutique location. Of these 14 rooms, guests can choose from five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios. They also offer a lounge with breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, as well as a lending library that allows patrons to peruse records, rock biographies, and poetry books.

Red velvet sofa sitting by a blue patterned wall at Saint Cecilia Hotel

Hotel Saint Cecilia’s eclectic decor is inspired by the property’s “muses,” all characterized by a sense of colorful irreverence. Picture: Instagram

Hotel Congress South

1603 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 920-6405

With 83 rooms, the chic and trendy South Congress Hotel is a great representation of its South Congress location. Surrounded by unique shops and restaurants, the South Congress Hotel also offers a few eclectic dining options — an impressive SIX in-house options, to be exact. Enjoy snacks and a cocktail at the Lobby Bar, coffee and pastries at Mañana, an alfresco seasonal menu at Café No Sé, casual American fare at Central Standard, a formal Japanese tasting menu at Otoko or libations from Japanese inspiration at Watertrade. This local hotel also has a rooftop swimming pool and its own motorcycle shop!

Bed and desk in bedroom at the South Congress Hotel, a boutique hotel in Austin, TX

If you’re looking to experience all of Austin’s uniqueness – and REALLY eat well while you’re there – the South Congress Hotel is a great option. Picture: Instagram

Enjoy your adventures in Austin!

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