Wondering where to stay on your next trip to the Texas capital? Consider booking a room at one of the best cheap hotels in Austin, where you'll be getting your money's worth with quirky accommodations, excellent amenities and plenty of free breakfast options. These spots may not be the very best hotels in Austin, but they're all stellar picks for staying in a hotel without breaking the bank. Whether you're looking for a room at one of the best downtown hotels, staying somewhere in South Austin or just want a really great hotel bar, these cheap hotels in Austin have your name on it.
Best cheap hotels in Austin, TX
Yes, those are hot pink (fake) sheep perched on the roof of the Highlandler Hotel, a unique lodging option situated in Austin's Boulevard District. This fun, quirky hotel encourages guests to take selfies with the vibrantly colored mascots, in between using the fitness room and relaxing in one of the property's 84 guest rooms, each with a 40-inch LED television and complimentary Wi-Fi. There's Car2Go access onsite in case you need to head downtown—though if you stay in the area, you're a short jaunt from hot spots like the new AFS Cinema, Kick Butt Coffee and the Brewtorium.
Habitat Suites is one of Austin's most eco-friendly hotels, offering hypoallergenic suites surrounded by organic fruit and herb gardens (Bonus: the hotel uses solar power!). Guests can choose from one of four types of suites ranging in size, but all are equipped with 100-percent natural hygiene products—plus live potted plants to encourage clean indoor air quality. A complimentary daily breakfast is offered, as is complimentary beer, wine and snacks in the evening, along with fair trade coffee from Texas Coffee Traders and Organic Kukicha Twig Tea. Guests can also pick up passes for local yoga classes or schedule an in-suite massage therapy session.
Visiting Austin on the cheap these days is a challenge, but one way to significantly decrease the damage of a weekend trip is to score one of the few rooms at the Firehouse Hostel. It isn’t the Four Seasons, but the oldest-standing fire station in Austin has been transformed into a cozy respite for budget travelers just feet from the fray of Dirty 6th Street. Standard and deluxe dorm offerings are great for large groups, but for those who’ve outgrown the charms of sleeping in the bunk beds they also offer a pair of more conventional suites with private baths. Bonus points for a cocktail lounge that you enter through a secret sliding false bookshelf.
Located just three miles from downtown Austin—and the revelry that is 6th Street—Wyndham Garden Hotel is an affordable option for staying in the middle of it all without spending a fortune. The hotel offers a free shuttle for transportation to and from the airport; onsite, there are plenty of amenities to help you unwind, like a fitness center, a large outdoor pool (perfect for swimming laps) and a hot tub. The hotel's restaurant, ReVive!, serves musically-inspired, customizable burgers (plus kids meals), while the lounge is a comfortable spot to grab a beer while you plan out your day visiting Austin.
Native Hostel is an upgraded, modern version of the hostels you may know. The stylish digs are more of a play space than anything else; though beds are comfortable, you'll be spending more time at Native's cozy bar, restaurant and lounge, which switch between offering live music and a DJ. Native plans event outings (think: comedy nights, tubing excursions and sketch sessions) and offers a killer happy hour: stop by from 3 to 6pm for $3 domestic tall boys, $4 Live Oak HefeWeizens, $5 glasses of wine and $6 Tito's Vodka mules.
Offering enjoyable amenities such as free wireless high-speed internet access and an on-site restaurant, this hotel in Austin, Texas is minutes from the city centre with convenient access to Interstate 35. Crowne Plaza Hotel Austin features an outdoor pool with hot tub as well as a 24-hour fitness centre. Crossroads Grille at the Austin Crowne Plaza Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After dinner, guests can relax with a beverage from the lounge.
With locations scattered throughout Austin (Downtown, South Austin, North Austin, by the airport), La Quinta Inns & Suites is a great place to stay regardless of where you'll be spending most of your visit. Each room—King beds, double beds, suites—includes free breakfast (waffles, hot and cold cereal, fruit, etc), while some come with refrigerators and microwaves so that you can partake in your own meal prep. A fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool will help keep you moving, but hey, you're on vacation—there's free high-speed Wi-Fi and 30 channels of HD to help you relax.
Casulo Hotel may be minutes away from Congress Avenue's bustling shopping district, but it's zen decor lends a calm air to the place. Rain showerheads and six-foot baths help customers decompress after a day of exploring Austin; opt for the Jacuzzi Suite with an extra-deep Japanese bath if you really want to treat yourself. A free hot breakfast is offered daily from 6:30 to 10am, or you can stop by the hotel's bar in the evening (5-10pm) for a nightcap.
Looking for an affordable hotel option near South Congress Avenue's shopping district? The Grand Peers Hotel is a leisurely stroll from the popular SoCo neighborhood, and just a few miles from downtown Austin. Clean and spacious, the rooms include a refrigerator, free Wi-Fi and on-demand cable TV. Reservations also include free breakfast (the waffles here are the stuff that breakfast dreams are made of).
Hoping to stay near UT? Drury Inn and Suites North Austin is a great option, with free hot breakfast served every day and complimentary hot and cold drinks available each evening at the 5:30 Kickback, plus free soda and popcorn from 3 to 10pm (hello, movie snacks). An outdoor swimming pool and fitness center keeps guests active; if you're in town for an event, spruce up your outfit with same-day dry cleaning. As for the rooms, you'll find deluxe king and queen rooms, as well as suites that includes a separate bedroom, pull-out queen sleeper sofa, and kitchen amenities like a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.