If you're headed to Austin and want to stay where the cool kids stay, look no further than this list of the trendiest, most design-oriented boutique hotels in Austin. Here you'll find soft linens, record players in your room, hotel bars with firepits around which to sip fresh margaritas and expertly curated amenities like kimono bathrobes and spa products from New York's Le Labo. Whether you're a local who wants to experience a luxury staycation or a visitor who wants to rub elbows with the cool crowd, you'll find something to suit your needs while living it up in Bat City.
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Best boutique hotels in Austin
Hotelier Liz Lambert now boasts a small empire of boutique hotels in Austin, San Antonio, and Marfa, but her first foray into minimalist, design-minded lodging was Hotel San Jose. Dense webs of vines along the exterior and corridors give the rooms a sense of seclusion, despite being mere feet from one of Austin’s busiest shopping districts. The rooms are spartan but chic, with vintage concert posters, colorful accent walls and pillows contrasting the austere blonde wood furniture. Before retiring, don’t miss the hotel bar, which offers one of the best micheladas in town.
Named after the patron saint of music and poetry, Saint Cecilia is the type of place where a modern-day version of the Stones might record Exile on Main Street. The 14 rooms are all equipped with organic beds from legacy Swedish manufacturer Hastens, kimono bathrobes, and body care products from revered NYC perfumery Le Labo. Check out a record from a library of vintage vinyl for listening on their Rega turntables and make sure to bring your swimsuit: the 24-hour, 50-foot heated lap pool is illuminated by a neon sign reading “Soul.”
Heywood Hotel is a 1925 bungalow outfitted with seven suites and marked by timeless interior touches like longleaf pine floors and cathedral ceilings, mixed with modern locally-made furnishings such as handcrafted bed-frames and throw pillows designed by local artists. 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.
The Domain may be known for its shops, restaurants and apartments, but it's also home to Lone Star Court, a colorful boutique hotel that embraces the Austin and Hill Country vibe with outdoor fire pits, a dipping pool and live music. Retro furniture is complemented by modern amenities, and all guests receive free breakfast every morning.
Built from the ground up in 2008, this seven-roomer hidden behind South Congress Ave is one of the city’s best-kept hotel secrets. The illusion of seclusion comes thanks to the hillside design—the unassuming front façade shields a stunning water feature shaded by a one-hundred-year-old live oak tree. Rooms are adorned with paintings from nationally lauded local artists (one lives just two blocks away) and Eames chairs, plus the full line of Malin and Goetz bath products are on-hand for freshening up.
As one of the Domain's newest hotels, the Archer excels at exceptional service, offering handmade salted caramels to newly checked-in guests and a nightly turndown service with local treats. If that hasn't persuaded you yet, consider the hotel's other amenities: an outdoor pool and fitness center, a neighboring day spa and a Second Bar + Kitchen on-site. It also offers rental bikes in case you want to explore the Domain and surrounding area on two wheels.
Located just a quick walk from the Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin, Hotel Ella is housed within the historic Goodall Wooten House, offering guests a secluded boutique getaway in the middle of the city. A wraparound porch and outdoor pool with cabanas allows visitors to enjoy sunny days at the hotel, while the inside bar and restaurant serves as a quiet oasis. Art lovers will appreciate the incorporation of pieces by Texas modern artists throughout the hotel, which boasts 47 rooms.