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

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

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

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

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

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