• September 21, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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Unwind in Style: Your Local Guide to the Top Boutique Hotels in Austin

As your local guide, I want to welcome you to Austin, a city of embracing charm and dazzling intensity. Welcome to a city that thrums with music, pulses with energy, and buzzes with food, culture, and hospitality. However, the true essence of Austin often lies in its boutique hotels – those magical corners that offer more than a place to rest your head. They are the host to your Texas experience.

Why Choose a Boutique Hotel in Austin?

Boutique hotels provide an intimate, more personalized experience than your regular chain hotels. They are often characterized by their enchanting mix of luxury, unique character, and top-tier service. They are tastefully decorated, steeped in local culture, and located in the heart of the city. When you’re in Austin, a city that absolutely radiates individuality and flair, staying in a boutique hotel is an experience onto itself.

Allow this local guide to take you through some of the top boutique hotels Austin has to offer.

The Driskill

Steeped in Texan glamour, the Driskill Hotel is a piece of Austin’s classic luminous charm. Located on Sixth Street, in the heart of downtown Austin, the Driskill perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Austin.

  • Distinctive Rooms: The Driskill is no quaint bed-and-breakfast. Each of its 189 rooms and suites are uniquely styled with custom draperies, vintage artwork, and rich, leather and wood furnishings, taking you on a journey through time.
  • Upscale Dining: The hotel is home to the Driskill Grill – a highly acclaimed dining establishment known for its innovative Texan cuisine. The 1886 Café & Bakery offers treats straight from the oven alongside classic bistro meals.
  • Extraordinary Amenities: In addition to elegant event spaces and a fitness center, the Driskill also offers luxurious extras such as pet amenities and turndown service with locally crafted bedtime snacks for those craving something truly Texan.

The South Congress Hotel

The South Congress Hotel is situated in the vibrant and sociable South Congress neighborhood, home to food trucks, eclectic boutiques, music venues, and gorgeous views of downtown Austin.

  • Savvy Rooms: With 71 guest rooms, 10 suites and 2 premier suites, each offering a view of the neighborhood or the South Central Austin cityscape, the hotel is a home away from home. The rooms are a delightful blend of simplistic and modern aesthetics.
  • Signature Restaurants: The hotel houses a café, a fine dining restaurant and a lobby bar. Café No Sé is an all-day café serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch; Central Standard is an American bar & grill; and the Lobby Bar is perfect for a casual drink.
  • Local Lifestyle: With a library and co-working space, an on-site retail shop, and rooftop pool and bar, you can wholly immerse yourself in Austin’s lifestyle right from the hotel.

Luxury Finds in Austin

Austin, in its essence, is lavish in culture, history, and hospitality. Here are some boutique hotels that are worth the splurge.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Inspired by the ’60s and ’70s rock and roll era, the Hotel Saint Cecilia is an oasis in the midst of the bustling city. Named after the patron saint of music and poetry, this luxury boutique hotel is as engaging as it is comfortably intimate.

  • Intimate Setting: The hotel is a compound of five buildings set around a secluded courtyard and pool. You can choose from spacious studios or suites, or even opt for a private poolside bungalow.
  • Artistic Interiors: Each of the 14 rooms is designed uniquely, with hand-selected vintage furniture, a writing desk, and chosen quotes from poets, musicians, and artists adorning the rooms.
  • Musical Hotspot: Located in the music hotbed of South Congress, you’re steps away from renowned music venues like the Continental Club and C-Boys.

Hotel Ella

This Greek revival style mansion turned luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Ella, is an elegant piece of Austin’s history. With period portraits and antiques, Hotel Ella elegantly blends the charm of yesteryears with contemporary comfort and style.

  • Vintage Rooms: With 10 unique room types, each is fitted with custom Elle Décor, Matouk linens and Drunk Elephant skincare products, providing ultimate comfort within the vintage charm.
  • Fine Dining: Dine on Southern-inspired fare at Goodall’s Kitchen, an American brasserie. The Parlor Bar, with its classic design, is where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail.
  • Artful Leisure: Take a dip in the beautiful cabana-lined pool, or unwind on the veranda under a historic oak tree, with your choice of cocktails brought right to you.

In-Demand Downtown Delights

In Downtown Austin, everything you might need or want – food, music, shopping – is all within walking distance. Here are some boutique hotels that capture the vibrant heart of downtown Austin.

The LINE Hotel

Where the city meets Town Lake, The LINE Hotel is a seamless amalgamation of Austin’s downtown energy and its serene nature.

  • Rooms with a View: With floor-to-ceiling windows, locally crafted furniture and artworks by emerging local artists, the rooms at the LINE are a haven of comfort and style.
  • Exceptional Dining: The hotel boasts of restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs, an on-site bakery, coffee shop, and even a rooftop bar overlooking the lake.
  • Adding Value: With unique programming like artist residencies and live music sessions, you’re served a slice of Austin’s culture right in your hotel.

Hotel Van Zandt

Resonating Austin’s deep-rooted love for music, Hotel Van Zandt is a refined reincarnation of Austin’s vibrant music scene coupled with sophisticated luxury.

  • Stylish Comfort: The rooms are an intuitive blend of comfort and style, with industrial-chic decor balancing with plush bedding. The in-room bar is stocked with locally sourced snacks and refreshments.
  • Award-Winning Dining: Geraldine’s, the on-site restaurant, not only offers exceptional dishes but also hosts live performances that elevate your dining experience.
  • Enjoy Music: With free live music every night in its living room-like lobby, soaked in a sublime mood set by the vinyl collection, this hotel is a music connoisseur’s paradise.


Boutique hotels are commonly characterized by their intimate atmosphere and idiosyncratic style. In the city of Austin, they are also a microcosm of its rich culture, colors and the quintessential Austin charm. As a local here, I can assure you, each of these boutique hotels in Austin reflects a different hue of the city’s vibrant character. From luxurious, lavish splurges to eccentric, musical vibes, every hotel tells its own story shaped by Austin’s history and heritage. Remember, Austin is not just a city you visit; it is an experience you live through. So, come on down, dig in and stay awhile – Austin is calling.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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