Downtown Austin, located on the north bank of the Colorado River, is the central entertainment district and hub of all things cool and hip in Austin, Texas. It is Downtown where you will find the majority of the many bars, clubs, and live music venues that Austin is famous for, as well as attractions such as the Austin Museum of Art and the Austin Children’s Museum. For an authentic Austin lodging experience, you might want to stay at the Driskill Hotel downtown, an Austin staple open since 1886. Although a little pricey, the ambience, location, and impeccable service make a stay at the Driskill well worth the expenditure. The brimming-with-character Austin Motel, winner of the Austin Chronicle’s 2012 “Best Of Austin” list for the hotels category is another great downtown lodging choice and a favorite of South By Southwest party-goers. The Austin Motel has been family-owned and operated since 1938 and rooms come at a slightly lower price-point than they do at the Driskill.
East Austin is home to Austin’s international airport, and is known as a prominent arts district in the city, housing many of the city’s best galleries. East Austin is also home to a lot of cool bars and mom-and-pop restaurants. There are not a lot of hotels in the area, but if you are looking to stay in East Austin, consider the Doubletree Club Austin, or trendy Austin boutique hotel the Heywood. The Heywood is a small, quirky hotel in the heart of all there is to do in East Austin, featuring special appointments you won’t find in just any hotel such as chilled filtered drinking water, soy-milk soap and lotion and paraben/sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, and even complimentary bicycles available for guests.
University Of Texas Area
Not only is the University area of Austin home to the flagship location of the University of Texas, but there are various attractions that make the area of great section of the city to visit. These include famous music venue Austin City Limits, the Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Symphony, and the Blanton Museum of Art. The University area also boasts the usual happening bar and club circuit you would expect from any college sector. The Courtyard by Marriott and the Doubletree by Hilton are great mid-to-higher-end hotel choices, while the budget-minded among us might want to stay at the Super 8 Austin – North/University Area, or the Super 8 Austin – University/Downtown Area.
West Austin features attractions such as the Austin Zoo, the Hamilton Pool Reserve, and some of the top golf-courses and country clubs in Austin. Some of the better hotels in West Austin include the Mansion at Judges’ Hill, a boutique hotel feauring only ten guest rooms, each with a unique and quaint character. The Mansion also includes its own restaurant and bar, and allows pets. The Bed and Breakfast Spa is another great choice of lodging in West Austin, known for its romantic and upscale atmosphere, replete with a private breakfast nook in each room where complementary continental breakfast is served each morning.
Austin’s North Austin neighborhood features museums such as the Austin Museum Of Art At Laguna Gloria and the Elizabet Ney Museum, as well as performance arts venues such as the Vortex Repertory Company and the Salvage Vanguard Theater. North Austin is also known for its restaurants, shopping, and outdoor attractions such as Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail, the Mount Bonnell scenic overlook, and the Pease District Park. If you are looking to stay in North Austin, options include the Residence Inn Austin North, the Hampton Inn Austin North, and the Courtyard Austin North/Parmer Lane by Marriott.