Hotel Ella is anchored by an 1898 Greek revival mansion adorned with iconic columns and large breezy porches. The estate was originally a wedding gift to Dr. Goodall Wooten and his wife Ella; now the original house and neighboring series of modern buildings contain 47 contemporary rooms, as well as a restaurant, saloon, and fitness center, all fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation. Many rooms and suites also overlook a central swimming pool, ringed by striped umbrellas, white lounges, and chic zero-scaping. Great design is matched by friendly, on-point service.

Hotel Ella
1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800

The Saint Cecilia, named for the patron saint of music, was designed by local hotelier Liz Lambert. The property is the epitome of cool: Lambert drew inspiration from artists, musicians and writers from the 1960s and 70s. The property’s 14 rooms are split between a 1880s mansion with front and side porches and modern, two-story bungalows. The hotel also has a hip bar and indoor/outdoor lounge space. Turndown and 24-hour room service are amongst the many amenities the property offers.

Hotel Saint Cecilia
112 Academy Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 852-2400

With over 1,000 rooms, it’s the largest hotel in Austin. It has three restaurants, a massive outdoor pool, and a gym with views of downtown. Rooms have Austin-inspired art, and are very functional thanks to super-speed WiFi and bedside USB plug-ins.

JW Marriott Austin
110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4777

Walk through the central courtyard at the Kimber Modern in Austin, where guests swing on Ting Sling hammocks, woven from seatbelts, next to angular gardens—and your preconceived B&B notions will quickly be thrown out the floor-to-ceiling windows. The seven rooms are light-filled and minimalist, with custom platform beds and bold, whimsical paintings by Austin-based artist Martha Gannon. The self-serve breakfast includes local Austin favorites Jake’s Granola and Barrett’s micro-roast coffee; stop by the five o’clock happy hour for wine and beer.

Kimber Modern
110 The Cir
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-1046

This East Austin haven has seven custom-designed rooms with art by local artists and handmade crafts on display, longleaf pine floors and graphic wallpaper. Start the day with a cup of French press coffee and the Chronicle, Austin’s indie newspaper, before touring the surrounding streets on the Heywood’s complimentary utility/city bikes. Snag Room No. 6 if you can for its outdoor patio.

Heywood Hotel
1609 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 271-5522

Rooms at this funky, dog-friendly property, ideally located on the pedestrian-friendly South Congress Avenue, have smart, minimalist décor and some have private or shared patios. Don’t miss jazz performances and $3 mimosas at Sunday brunch.

Hotel San José
1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 852-2360