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Austin’s Best Staycation Ideas and Weekend Getaways


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If you find yourself wanting to get out of the house but don’t have the time to plan an extensive trip, a staycation is the perfect solution to solve your problems. Luckily, you can find the perfect places right here in Austin and its surrounding areas. We searched hotels and resorts between 1-30 miles from Downtown Austin and created the perfect list! If you’re looking for fun things to do instead of where to stay, check out our Austin guides!

Image Credit: Archer Hotel

3121 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758

Archer Hotel is north Austin’s most anticipated new hotel, bringing a luxe boutique hotel experience and sincere Southern hospitality to The Domain! With a nod to its Texas heritage, the eight-story boutique hotel mixes Texas limestone and wildflowers with the eclectic, creative soul of Austin. Discover 171 luxe guest rooms and suites, the acclaimed Second Bar + Kitchen with celebrated chef David Bull, and a covered patio. Shop locally loved brands and national favorites, and experience how energetic and iconic Austin restaurants, bars, and spas are!

Image Credit: Austin Proper Hotel

600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy, an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Proper hotels and residences share a common belief in uncommon luxury, convenience of location, and world-class amenities. Anything less just wouldn’t be proper.

Image Credit: Canopy By Hilton

604 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Located in the West 6th Market District, Canopy By Hilton hotel is less than a mile from the State Capitol, downtown eats, and entertainment. The University of Texas and Zilker Metropolitan Park are within three miles. Their complimentary Canopy Bikes are perfect for a ride along the trails of Lady Bird Lake! Relax in a cabana at their elevated pool terrace with skyline views and a seasonal bar.

Image Credit: Commodore Perry Estate

4100 Red River St, Austin, TX 78751

Reimagined by internationally renowned designer Ken Fulk, this private retreat brings a new level of contemporary glamour and whimsical soul to Austin. A modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, these picturesque grounds offer a welcoming 10-acre setting in the heart of the city. Now open, it’s the beginning of something special!

Image Credit: East Austin Hotel

1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin Hotel is a locally owned, operated, and loved boutique hotel in the heart of the bustling East Austin neighborhood just five blocks from downtown, a 15-minute walk to the Austin Convention Center, one mile from the Texas Capitol, and less than two miles from the University of Texas. Lay your head to rest in our chic-but-approachable accommodations inspired by mid-century modern Danish designs. With 75 rooms ranging from luxe to less, there’s something for everyone! Enjoy breakfast all day and night in global diner Sixth and Waller, sip international libations in rooftop bar The Upside, and feel transported to the tropics at Pool Bar!

Image Credit: Fairmont Hotel

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

A towering icon within a vibrant Central Business District, Fairmont Austin, is uniquely located amid the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek and directly connected to the Austin Convention Center! The newly opened 37-story luxury hotel features 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites with picturesque vistas of Lady Bird Lake, a dramatic cityscape, and the State Capitol. Guests indulge in exquisite dining, a pampering spa, and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Fairmont Austin engages guests with the city’s famed music scene, as well as the area’s celebrated cuisine and diverse artistic lifestyle!

Image Credit: Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s particular brand of cool is evident in every detail of the Four Seasons downtown, from local art to Texas-inspired spa treatments. Come for their incredible margaritas and saltwater pool, then stay for their famous s’mores on the lawn, miles of lakeside trails and spacious rooms overlooking idyllic Lady Bird Lake. Drink in warm sunshine and fresh breezes from a private balcony, which looks out to the best “backyard” in Austin: the Four Seasons’ manicured lawns, verdant gardens, and Lady Bird Lake!

Image Credit: Heywood Hotel

1609 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

The Heywood Hotel embodies the intangible elements that define Austin; creativity, easy-going, thoughtful, and cool. Located smack dab in the middle of the hip East Austin neighborhood and surrounded by local restaurants, lounges, and shops, their modern boutique hotel is an easy walk to downtown, Rainey Street, Sixth Street, the Convention Center, and Lady Bird Lake! The Heywood Hotel is so cool that The New York Times wrote an outstanding review and said that, “A stay at this comfortable, stylish hotel feels like a visit to a good friend’s house — a friend with good taste, that is.”

Image Credit: Hotel Ella

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Located in downtown Austin and walking distance to the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin’s original landmark estates! Constructed in 1900, the Greek Revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation, and now offers the perfect balance between modernity and rich history rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood and the university. With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking their front lawn, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces perfectly suited for your vacation, wedding, corporate event and more!

Image Credit: Hotel Granduca Austin

320 S Capital of Texas Hwy, West Lake Hills, TX 78746

Described by locals as the Palace of the Duke, the stunning Hotel Granduca Austin is inspired by the life and history of Adalberto Malatesta, Granduca of Monfallito. Hotel Granduca offers a luxurious, sophisticated, and secluded environment reminiscent of an Italian Villa. Discover the magic of their ‘little corner of Italy’ in the heart of the Texas Hill Country by enjoying live music in Visconti Bar every Thursdays through Sundays, eat lunch or dinner at Al fresco at Visconti Ristorante and experience the tranquility of their Veranda and Courtyard. If you want to go to Italy, but don’t want to travel there, Hotel Granduca is the perfect place solution!

Image Credit: Hotel Saint Cecilia

112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, Hotel Saint Cecilia takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960’s, and early 1970’s when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of an established convention! Hotel Saint Cecilia offers five different suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios that embody an equal love for the elegance of old-world luxury. The secluded property and lush grounds are open only to hotel guests, thereby offering a unique sense of privacy situated steps away from the heart of South Austin!

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Concrete floors and minimalist interiors to afford impeccable cleanliness and a sense of calm. Handmade furniture. Custom sheets and kimono bathrobes. Malin + Goetz bath amenities. A minibar curated to address a variety of thirst and snack needs. Built-in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, Hotel San José has been transformed into a 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards! Their rooms and amenities are designed to establish a backdrop for a life of adventure and inspiration, without the clutter of everyday existence. The Hotel San José is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks from downtown and Lady Bird Johnson Lake in the heart of one of Austin’s favorite neighborhoods!

Image Credit: Hotel ZaZa

400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Combining the luxurious ambiance of a theatrical resort with the comfort and style of a boutique hotel, Hotel ZaZa invites travelers to a unique sensory experience. Striking the perfect balance between refinement and relaxation, Hotel ZaZa’s extraordinary design meets complete functionality for business and leisure travelers alike. Elegant accommodations and sophisticated amenities provide consistently inspiring stays.

Image Credit: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Nestled on 400 acres along the banks of the lower Colorado River, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a memorable escape just 23 miles from Austin. Their resort blends in with the natural landscape, and each room boasts views of rolling hills. For an exceptional stay, reserve the Governor’s Suite, with 20-foot vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, and a dining room, library, and living room! Spend your day horseback riding, kayaking the Colorado River, relaxing or playing in the crooked river water park or go hiking through nearby McKinney Roughs Nature Park! It’s the perfect weekend getaway for a romantic weekend or a family-friendly adventure!

Image Credit: Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin

701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Originally built in 1924 as the city’s first high-rise hotel, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin’s rich history, and luxurious accommodations offer a truly unique experience of Texas hospitality. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin next door to The Paramount Theatre, it’s the perfect hotel to travel back in time at. Known to Austinite’s as the Stephen F, and their historical Art Deco façade has been a famous landmark for more than 90 years. While staying at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin, make sure to unwind after a busy day in their health club or on the terrace at our Stephen F’s bar!

Image Credit: JW Marriott Austin

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Experience a modern urban resort in the heart of Austin. Located just two blocks from the Austin Convention Center and surrounded by nearly 200 live music venues, JW Marriott Austin is one of the best hotels in Austin for business and leisure! Ideal for group travel or entertaining, their sophisticated suites features a separate living and meeting area along with upgraded amenities and breathtaking Austin views. Sample authentic Italian cuisine in Osteria Pronto, enjoy a Texas-sized burger at the food truck-inspired Burger Bar, or head over to Corner for authentic Austin fare and downtown views. Indulge your senses at the Spa by JW or mix and mingle at our own Edge Rooftop Pool, which boasts private cabanas, handcrafted cocktails, and extraordinary views of the city below!

Image Credit: Kimber Modern Boutique Hotel

110 The Cir, Austin, TX 78704

Kimber Modern pays attention to each and every minute detail by creating an exceptional architectural work of art, tailored toward the independent urban traveler, who wants high-tech luxury but in an intimate setting! The hotel boasts a common area with computers and printers, plus a courtyard tucked under a canopy of old Texas Live Oaks. At Kimber Modern, you’ll have all the comfort of the finest hotel with the intimacy of bed and breakfast. Define your own experience through their invisible service concept where everything you could want or need has been provided effortlessly at your fingertips. Release yourself from the usual constraints and notions of the average hotel and spend the night here!

Image Credit: Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is a refined riff on Austin’s world-famous music scene and your front-row seat to all the action! A perfect base whether you crash hard or chill out and a leader among Austin hotels with signature happenings and exclusive hideouts geared for music tastemakers. U.S. News & World Report named Hotel Van Zandt “2018 Best Hotels in Austin” and was ranked “Top 10 Hotels in Austin” by USA Today! You can bet there’s a shot of creativity and a hot streak of independence roped in that only boutique hotels like Kimpton can muster. This hotel is distinguished, laid back and designed from the ground up to be an all-access pass to an authentic Austin experience!

Image Credit: Lakeway Resort and Spa

101 Lakeway Dr, Lakeway, TX 78734

Relax and enjoy the tranquility of Lakeside Reflections at the Lakeway Resort and Spa. Perched above the shimmering waters of Lake Travis, their Texas Hill Country Resort provides a variety of sports and recreational amenities for the entire family! They also feature a full-service spa, three large swimming pools, a whirlpool, a swim-up bar and a slide area that’s terrific for kids. Enjoy cocktails with a view at our rustic lower lobby bar, savor creative Southern cuisine at our restaurant with outside seating featuring panoramic lake views and set sail for a day on the lake from the marina or tee off from a championship golf course. Escape to their beautiful lakeside resort and discover majestic Austin accommodations in a rustic setting that will inspire your senses and stir your soul!

Image Credit: Lake Austin Spa Resort

1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort invites you to escape the hustle and bustle of life and head to their secluded retreat on the shores of Lake Austin! Embrace relaxation while enjoying all-inclusive packages complete with elegant accommodations, gourmet dining, unlimited indoor and outdoor fitness activities, and discovery programs! Whether you’re deserving of some quality pampering time, looking to reconnect with nature or desiring a guilt-free getaway, let your journey begin Lake Austin Spa Resort! They’ve also gone through recent renovations!

Image Credit: Lone Star Court

10901 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758

At Lone Star Court, you’ll enjoy a perfect pairing of modern convenience and traditional comfort in a unique blend of the past and present. Located in The Domain, Lone Star Court is a true piece of Americana, with attractive room decor and relaxing outdoor courtyards. They offer contemporary lodging in a traditionally Texan environment, with retro-inspired accommodations, live music, outdoor fire pits, and a dipping pool reflective of country swimming holes! If you’re nostalgic for the bygone days when travel was a true adventure, then set your sights on away at Lone Star Court!

Image Credit: Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

13500, FM2769, Austin, TX 78726

In keeping with the spirit of Austin, Texas, Miraval Austin Resort & Spa (who recently partnered with Hyatt) do things a little differently. More than a spa resort, health retreat, or luxury hotel, they’re a unique kind of wellbeing space that puts purpose and people at our core, serving as a catalyst for changing lives and celebrating individuality. At Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, the sky feels bigger, the trees tell stories, and the quiet imparts an inspired perspective!

Image Credit: Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX 78735

Secluded in the rolling hill country of Austin, the 4,000 acre Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is a golfer’s paradise! Whether you want to relax under the care of our trained masseuses, play a round of some of the best golf in the country, or experience everything the “Live Music Capital of the World” has to offer, they’ll provide you the perfect accommodations for romantic weekends, golf getaways and memorable family vacations alike! Experience Austin’s world-class entertainment or stay and explore the resort’s luxurious spa, refreshing swimming pools, a miniature golf course and premier dining destinations.

Image Credit: Renaissance Austin Hotel

9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759

An extraordinary stay awaits you at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Conveniently located near The Arboretum, their hotel blends contemporary sophistication with the awe-inspiring beauty of its Texas Hill Country surroundings! Settle into their sleek rooms and suites, which feature local artwork, pillowtop bedding, stylish bathrooms and high-speed internet access. Take a seat on the outdoor patio at Knotty Deck & Bar and enjoy a cocktail and tasty American dishes. If you’re looking to explore, the best of the area is within your reach; from shopping at The Domain and The Arboretum to sporting events at the University of Texas at Austin and more!

4444 FM150, Kyle, TX 78640

Sage Hill Inn & Spa sits atop a hill on 88 acres above Onion Creek, with sweeping views of the Hill Country to the West! The location offers beautiful views of the Hill Country, the ideal setting for a romantic Texas getaway. The sunsets are spectacular, and because the night sky is unimpaired by city lights, you can enjoy a sweeping view of the stars. Our bed and breakfast land are rich with wildlife, including deer, blackbuck antelope, wild turkey, foxes, raccoons, and abundant birdlife. The Sage Hill Inn & Spa is in an ideal location near Austin, right in the middle of the Hill Country Wine region, a few minutes from the Salt Lick BBQ, yet only fifteen minutes from the San Marcos Outlet Malls. You’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle but be able to drive there in no time!

Image Credit: South Congress Hotel

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

South Congress Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of the South Congress neighborhood in Austin, Texas. The hip hotel offers many different restaurants, bars, cafés, and hotel rooms with views of River City, Travis Heights, and Bouldin Creek! These rooms offer peaceful views of the hotel’s interior courtyard and green scape, where you’ll also find coffee shop gem Mañana, Austin’s historic Travis Heights neighborhood, and are quiet retreats, complete with bespoke Matteo bed linens, a locally sourced minibar, and a large walk-in shower that features a rainfall showerhead and C.O. Bigelow bath & body products!

Image Credit: The Carpenter Hotel

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

Carpenter Hotel is in an old union hall in a grove of pecan trees at the edge of Zilker Park, near pretty much everything. At Carpenter Hotel, there’s good food, good drinks, good coffee and a pool for hot, lazy days!

Image Credit: The Driskill

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

On the corner of 6th and Brazos streets, in the heart of downtown Austin, stands a historic landmark of Texas hospitality: The Driskill. Built in 1886, The Driskill is a historic hotel steeped in character and an old-fashioned sense of hospitality. For more than a century, this iconic hotel has hosted restful nights, inspired gatherings, momentous occasions, and more. With 189 well-appointed guestrooms with 19th-century architectural details, three top-notch food and beverage outlets, storied spaces, and matchless service, The Driskill is ready to welcome you to be a part of Texas history!

Image Credit: The Line Austin

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

At the crossroads where Town Lake meets downtown, the LINE draws influence from both the surrounding natural beauty and the creative energy that fuels the city. The convergence of the lush landscape and the vibrancy of the Capitol, historic theaters, music culture, and contemporary art is reflective of the spirit of Austin itself; green at heart and full of life. Summer in the city: the LINE Austin is where locals and travelers alike meet over arts, culture, and dining experiences. They’re booking now for staycations, vacations, and everything in between!

Image Credit: The Otis Hotel

1901 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78705

The Otis Hotel believes that life should be an adventure in elevated living by offering easygoing luxury. Boutique guest rooms feature nods to Austin’s history as The Live Music Capital of the World as well as the neighboring university with in-room vinyl record players and vintage schoolroom touches. Indulge in a collection of inspired cuisine including a modern upscale neighborhood restaurant, a street-side walk-up burger window, an open-air wine and tapas lounge, and the only rooftop pool and lounge near campus. The Otis delivers a learned heritage of sophisticated hospitality in one of the country’s most exciting cities!

Image Credit: The Pearl Vintage

1809 Pearl St, Austin, TX 78701

The Pearl Vintage Hotel is a hidden treasure nestled in the uptown cultural district of downtown Austin, where guests can enjoy the ambiance of an authentic vintage boutique hotel. This vintage boutique hotel sits in a peaceful location and offers personalized accommodations. They are conveniently located in the heart of Austin (a block from the UT campus), making it easy for you to experience Austin’s culture, including some of the best live music you will find anywhere in the world!

Image Credit: The Westin Austin Downtown

310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Experience the Live Music Capital of the World from the comfort of The Westin Austin Downtown. Just one block from the Austin Convention Center and 6th Street, the Westin is steps from historic sites, inspiring cuisines, eclectic shops, and outdoor events! Indulge with diverse cuisine and cocktails at Stella San Jac or connect in their expansive event spaces with internet access. Their rooftop pool and adjacent fitness studio offer one of the most scenic views in Austin! The Westin’s 366 guest rooms and suites are designed to keep you feeling your best so that you can enjoy stunning city views and vibrant artwork inspired by Austin’s live music tradition!

Image Credit: W Austin Hotel

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city’s eclectic energy, headlining the vibrant 2nd Street District in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and pulsating with its spirit of independence and creativity! Local eats at Trace restaurant, socializing in the Living Room, getting into rock star shape at FIT, detoxing in AWAY Spa, and soaking it in at a WET pool party, all while making it easy to be green! Settle in and indulge in the comforts of the W’s 251 rooms-perfectly positioned windows with postcard views of Lady Bird Lake or the downtown skyline!

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