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The Driskill
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Stay at the most romantic hotels in Austin

Celebrate a special occasion with your boo at the most romantic hotels in Austin

By Erin Kuschner and Time Out contributors

There are a few occasions when you might want to book yourself (and your partner, of course) a room at one of the most romantic hotels in Austin: An anniversary. Date night. An apologetic gesture (in which case, be sure to make a stop at Austin's best flower shops, too). Whatever the reason, you can't go wrong at these lovely hotels, which know how to set the mood with steamy spas, romantic restaurants and major date vibes. They'll have you so hot and bothered, you just might be on the receiving end of a proposal (or making one yourself). Check out our favorite romantic hotels in Austin for a night you won't soon forget.

Austin's most romantic hotels

1. Heywood Hotel

5 out of 5 stars
Hotels East Cesar Chavez

This 1925 bungalow in East Austin is marked by timeless interior touches like longleaf pine floors and cathedral ceilings, mixed with modern furnishings from handcrafted bed-frames to throw pillows designed by local artists. There are only seven rooms in the hotel, making your stay a considerably intimate experience. One of the city’s best taco trucks, Veracruz All Natural is just down the street—ride there on one of Heywood’s complimentary bicycles.

2. Hotel San Jose

5 out of 5 stars
Hotels Travis Heights

Hotelier Liz Lambert's first foray into design-minded lodging sits on the South Congress corridor, steps away from some of Austin's most popular shops, restaurants and music venues. Dense webs of vines along the exterior and corridors give the hotel a sense of sexy seclusion, and the chic rooms are decorated with vintage concert posters, colorful accent walls and pillows contrasting the austere blonde wood furniture. The kimono bathrobes, secluded pool and dreamy cocktail lounge make this an ideal hotel for sweethearts.


3. Hotel Saint Cecilia

5 out of 5 stars
Hotels Travis Heights

This dreamy hotel is named after the patron saint of music and poetry, with a tucked-away location that offers privacy amidst the busy shopping section of South Congress. Kimono bathrobes add an air of luxury, and be sure to bring your swimsuit: the 24-hour, 50-foot heated lap pool, illuminated by a neon sign reading “Soul”, makes for a great lifeguard.

4. The Driskill

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Congress Ave District

Built in 1886, the Driskill exudes old-school Texas elegance in downtown Austin: think vintage crown molding, calming desert gold and tan linens, and pearly white accents. Charming touches like afternoon high tea and a craft series at 1886 (the café and bakery) showcasing local craft beers makes this hotel a charming option for couples looking for an old-Austin getaway.

Four Seasons Austin
Photograph: Christian Horan Photography

5. Four Seasons Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels South Congress

Guests staying at the Four Seasons will find a luxurious hotel nestled up against the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trails, making it a perfect gateway to one of the city’s most iconic natural amenities. Couples can take lakeside jaunts, enjoy breakfast in bed, roast marshmallows on the back patio (s'mores supplies included!) and take naps in the lawn hammocks on sunny days. But let's be real—the beds are so comfy here, you'll probably be spending plenty of time in your room, too.

6. W Austin

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Warehouse District

Located adjacent to the Moody Theater (home of ACL Live), the W serves as a cornerstone of the posh Second Street District. The Living Room bar is one of the best places in town to make bad decisions and the summer rooftop pool parties are the stuff of legend, but the rock-star atmosphere doesn’t stop at poolside DJ sets. Twiggy floor lamps, suede sofas and ultra high-end McIntosh McAire sound systems mean the “Extreme Wow Suites” live up to their name (and make for a sexy couples experience). Relax at the full-service spa before heading to the hotel's farm-to-table restaurant, TRACE.


7. Hotel Van Zandt

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Town Lake

One of the city’s newer boutique options, Kimpton’s Hotel Van Zandt is located in the heart of Rainey Street, and features one of the most impressive lobbies in town (the light fixtures made from trombone bells are truly stunning). Dine at the on-site restaurant, Geraldine's, which offers stunning views of Lady Bird Lake and live music seven nights a week. The 319 rooms boast dark wood and patinated bronze fixtures, and soaker tubs overlooking the cityscape make your stay that much more special.

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