The capital city of Texas is one of the United States’ most fun cities, it also can be surprisingly romantic. Go for a hike on an urban trail, relax at a spa, head out for a picnic in Zilker Park, wander around a vineyard or distillery and then finish the day with a Drive-In movie and a candle-lit dinner. If you’re making a weekend or a longer break of it then here are the most romantic hotels to stay in Austin…
1. Hotel Ella – this historic refurbished manor house makes a very romantic place to stay in Austin
Located near the University of Texas, in downtown Austin, Hotel Ella is a chic and romantic hotel built in one of Austin’s original historical landmark estates, the Goodall Wooten House. Constructed in 1900, this lovely Greek revival-style mansion was renovated in 2013 to combine modern luxuries with heritage interiors. The interiors were elegantly redesigned to feature culture and art, and a collection of Texas Modernist works now grace the hotel grounds.
The hotel has 47 beautifully decorated guest rooms, a pool dotted with luxurious cabanas, and a wrap-around veranda that overlooks the manicured front lawns. Complimentary amenities include wi-fi, 24-hour guest services, twice a day housekeeping, coffee stations, newspapers, and access to the fitness center. Other services like same-day laundry, in-room dining, business center, and pet services are also available. There is an in-house restaurant, Goodall, a local American bistro with casual indoor and outdoor dining.
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2. Archer Hotel Austin – a chic and modern retreat perfect for couples
Archer Hotel is situated in the heart of Domain Northside and Domain, North Austin’s fashion and dining hubs; and is only a short distance from the lively Rock Rose nightlife district, uptown Austin’s most downtown street. With its eclectic neighborhood, Archer Hotel has a lot of offers not only within its walls but also around it.
The hotel’s casual elegant vibe complements its vibrant surroundings. The Archer Hotel offers luxury rooms and suites that are well-furnished and fully equipped. Each room comes with a private bathroom, Malin+Goetz bath products, plush bathrobes, and slippers. Guests can also find complimentary bottled water, handmade salted caramels, a fully-stocked compact refrigerator, a coffee machine, and an HD flat-screen TV with premium movie and sports channels. The on-side restaurant Second Bar + Kitchen is known not only for its exquisite menu but also its Southern hospitality. The farm-to-table menu offers shareable small plates, salads, pizzas, entrees, and desserts.
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3. The Driskill, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt – an elegant and luxurious romantic hotel
Famous since 1886, The Driskill is a heritage hotel that exudes timeless charm and luxury. The hotel is well-located in prime downtown, just off 6th street, offering the perfect vantage point for exploring Austin’s culture and entertainment district. Enveloped by Austin’s food scene, nightlife, and live music, the hotel is within walking distance of historic attractions like the Texas State Capitol Building and Congress Avenue Bridge.
The hotel greets guests with an elegant luxurious lobby and a grand staircase that takes you to old-world Texas. Each of the 189 rooms and suites at The Driskill offers modern comforts and mesmerizing interiors. The romantic rooms are intricately designed with hand-painted detailing and vintage touches in colors that honor the Texas Hill Country. They are decorated to showcase contemporary and classic artwork on the walls and come with spacious desks and luxurious bath amenities. The hotel is known for its exquisite service and warm hospitality, ensuring every guest’s need is met.
Named one of the 10 Best Hotel Bars in America by USA Today and The Best Bar in Texas by Southern Living, The Driskill Bar is situated at the Driskill Hotel. With its rustic leather couches, cowhide barstools, cattle branded custom carpet, and the grand Texas Longhorn adorning the wall, The Driskill Bar as Texas as it gets for downtown Austin bars. The Driskill Bar offers world-class spirits and fine wines and an intimate atmosphere for guests to enjoy their evenings!
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4. Four Seasons, Austin – the famous hotel makes a chic place to take a couple’s vacation
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, The Four Seasons Hotel offers 294 spacious guest rooms that overlook the city, the breathtaking Lady Bird Lake, or the gorgeous manicured hotel lawns and verdant gardens. Each room is beautifully furnished, includes luxurious bath products and plush bathrobes, and offers spectacular views.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Austin offers an exclusive range of services and activities. From continental breakfast to cocktail hour, lawn games, a saltwater pool, and lakeside trails to Texas-inspired spa treatments, the romantic hotel is known for its exquisite attention to detail. The hotel offers services like in-room dining, concierge and 24-hour guest services, laundry, housekeeping and has amenities like an open-air fitness center, two business centers, heated swimming pool, and more. You can also rent bikes or kayaks and standup paddleboards just steps from the hotel.
The onsite restaurant, Ciclo, overlooks the Lady Bird Lake and features a world-class menu with locally-inspired flavors and ingredients with a Latin influence. The in-house bar, Live Oak, presents inventive cocktails, a Texas-inspired menu, and some of the best views in the city.
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5. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, an IHG Hotel – a sleek, modern, and sexy hotel to stay in Austin
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt in Austin is a sophisticated and romantic Texan-style hotel, located on Rainey Street in the historic district. The hotel’s classy yet laid-back vibe can be seen in its interiors and ambiance. Every one of the 319 rooms is designed to fit this unique style and offers stunning city or lake views. Each room is equipped with a minibar with gourmet local treats, luxury bathrobes, Atelier Bloem bath amenities, in-room yoga mats, umbrellas, and other products. The hotel is known for its vast range of amenities like a 24-hour fitness center, business center, luxury spa, rooftop pool, rooftop bar and restaurant, outdoor dining, and other cafes and restaurants.
Kimpton hotel also offers a variety of guest services like in-room dining, 24-hour concierge service, in-room spa services, valet parking, transportation arrangements, digital check-in, and check-out and social hour every evening. Geraldine’s restaurant offers a tasteful classic Texas-style menu and charming ambiance with live music. Cafe 605 is an all-day cafe that offers tasty, fresh options at any hour.
Jump into the rooftop deck’s cool pool, laze on the cushy romantic cabanas or enjoy coveted views, sit for a live show and enjoy authentic Texas food – Kimpton Hotel offers it all!
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6. Colton House Hotel – chic and romantic apartment hotel
Colton House is a chic apart-hotel that perfectly combines the luxuries of a hotel with the comforts of a home. This 80 suite stunning property is situated in the heart of the city, on a commercial street, in close proximity to the Lady Bird Lake and the trendy South Congress neighborhood.
The hotel is gorgeously decorated with thought-provoking art by local artists that were specially made for Colton House. The hand-picked artifacts, bespoke furnishings, and intricate interiors showcase great attention to detail. The suites are spacious and include king-size beds, airy private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, full kitchens, dining areas, separate living rooms, and optional balconies. There is an outdoor pool, surrounded by sun loungers and cabanas. Other amenities include an eclectic bar, a library, a gym, a yoga room, and a patio with a fire pit. Room service and parking are also available. Besides the bustling bar, Simona’s, Colton House also partners with local restaurants to offer an exquisite variety of food and drinks.
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7. The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel – perfect for couples in love
Set in a 15-story building with an Art Deco facade, the Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel is a landmark hotel that is known for its unbridled elegance and historic charm. This iconic property landmark hotel is located in the heart of The Live Music Capital of the World, a short work from the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
The hotel’s interiors are sophisticated. The elegantly decorated rooms and suites are equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi, work desks, minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. The hotel offers 24-7 room service, same-day laundry, and concierge services. Amenities include an indoor pool, spa, gym, and a 24/7 business center. Culinary options include an American restaurant with a wood-fired grill, as well as a cool bar, which boasts the only outside dining terrace on Congress Avenue. This relaxed bar is famous for its Liquid Art approach to artisan cocktails. The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel offers its guests not only luxurious living but also warm Southern hospitality.
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8. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection – makes a gorgeous romantic getaway in Austin
Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection is a 10-acre treasured landmark with picturesque grounds, set in the heart of the city. Commodore Perry Estate offers relaxed European elegance with true gracious Texas hospitality. Renovated by internationally renowned designer Ken Fulk, this gorgeous resort exhibits contemporary glamour and sophisticated style. Each of the one- or two-bedroom suites in the original Italian Renaissance Revival mansion are designed distinctly with handcrafted architectural details, and one-of-a-kind vintage furnishings, to reminisce its original inhabitants. The spacious, modern 400 sq. ft. rooms are furnished with custom and heirloom vintage pieces to create an alluring ambiance. Juliette balconies with French doors and antique oversized windows open onto the cascading formal gardens and courtyards.
Guests at this retreat can enjoy unique experiences like private shopping, an exclusive greenhouse dinner, infusions with cocktail making, fitness routines, and wellness in nature, live music events, and more!
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9. Austin Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels – for a unqiue romantic break in Texas
Situated in the 2nd Street District, Austin Proper embraces Austin’s eclecticism with Japanese wooden slats and graphite gray metals. This relatively new 32-story highrise, with its bold structure, towers over the Seaholm District.
The exterior architecture juxtaposes heavy precast concrete and delicate strands of glass. The restaurant and café spaces feature metal panels in graphite gray, and flow from inside to out, blending the hotel’s communal spaces with the city. The interiors use leaded windows, stained glass, succulent plantings, vintage Turkish rugs, and statement pieces like a monolithic grandfather clock and artwork by local ceramicist Rick Van Dyke. Popular for its exclusive design and prime location, the hotel also has a fitness center, rooftop pool, and spa. The hotel offers Wi-Fi, concierge and guest services, and complimentary bikes.
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10. Hotel Cecilia – for something quite special
Created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, Hotel Cecilia draws inspiration from the late 1960s and early 1970s at the time of the rock-and-roll and beat poetry revolution. The hotel has seven new bespoke residences designed by Lake | Flato Architects. Each of the five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios exude the elegance of old-world luxury. The secluded property and lush lawns are accessible only to hotel guests, ensuring exclusivity and privacy, only a few steps from the heart of South Austin.
The hotel lobby at the center of the property offers a 24-hour concierge service, a variety of guest amenities, and also houses a retail store and a lending library. There is a 50-foot 24-hour heated lap pool and the hotel also offers seated poolside dining for breakfast. Saint Cecilia also houses a lovely lounge and a covered terrace overlooking the hotel’s gorgeous grounds and offering stunning city views.
All rooms and suites come with handmade organic Hästens beds, kimono bathrobes, Grown Alchemist bath products, Rega turntables and Geneva sound system, spa minibar full of Santa Maria Novella body care products, and a food and beverage minibar.
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11. Fairmont Austin | Gold Experience – gorgeous views and modern decor
The Fairmont Austin is a world-class luxury hotel situated near Lady Bird Lake and the Texas State Capitol. This upscale property houses 5 restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool with private cabanas and poolside bar, a spa, a state-of-the-art gym, a hot tub, and 140,000 sq ft of meeting space.
Located on four private floors of the hotel, the exclusive 131 Fairmont Gold guest rooms and suites feature stunning city or lake views, upgraded room amenities, private check-in/check-out, turndown service, a dedicated concierge team, and access to the exclusive Gold Lounge as well as complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening canapés, late-night dessert, beverage center, and an honor bar. Each room is spacious, well-designed, and comes with Wi-Fi, 50-inch flat screens, and Nespresso machines. Some suites include living rooms, dining areas, and wet bars. Experience the highest level of luxury with Fairmont Gold!
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12. Park Lane Guest House – a cozy and intimate retreat
Located in the heart of Austin’s historic SoCo district, two blocks from South Congress Avenue, and walking distance to downtown, Park Lane Guest House is an elegant urban eco-oasis, with private cottages. The guest house also features a mosaic glass tiled swimming pool, filled with fresh water, located under an oak tree. There is also an outdoor shower, organic gardens, and onsite massage therapy. The hotel offers free parking, free electric vehicle charging, and bikes for rent. The rooms are solar-powered and bath amenities are organic and cruelty-free.
Cottages offer exclusivity and privacy that are perfect for a romantic getaway. Guests can relax in the comfort of the uniquely designed cottages and enjoy Park Lane’s organic vegetarian breakfast in the comfort of their private cottages or on their private deck. Fresh eggs from free-range hens, fruits and vegetables from the on-site organic garden, and other ingredients are locally sourced. A stay at Park Lane feels like being in a sanctuary in the middle of the city.
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13. Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark – a well presented upscale hotel
With a prime location in the heart of Texas, Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark offers quick and easy access to the city’s best, while also ensuring an escape from its buzzing downtown.
This 14-stories high hotel offers a vast variety of amenities and services. The hotel features a heated indoor and outdoor pool, trinity spa, a business center, a gym, and a gourmet restaurant. Known for its impeccable hospitality, the hotel offers concierge services and luxury hotel packages that are tailored made to suit you and your loved one!
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14. The LINE Austin – a midcentury hotel housed in a former jazz club that will hopefully impress your loved one!
Originally home to a jazz club that did live broadcasts on local radio in the late 1960s, the LINE Austin is today known for its cultural heritage. Located in downtown Austin, where the city meets the lake, the LINE is a stunning hotel surrounded by beauty and energy. The LINE houses over 500 original works by Texas artists in our guest rooms and a 12-story mural commemorating the passing of the 19th Amendment.
The LINE’s saltwater infinity pool and poolside bar overlook Town lake and the Congress Avenue Bridge. Guests can enjoy lakeside dining at Kristen’s Kish’s Arlo Grey, drinks at the open-air P6, and tacos from Austin’s beloved Veracruz All Natural. The hotel rooms and suites are spacious and offer stunning skyline views. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, concierge service, and pet services.
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15. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – a chic and romantic spa hotel
Secluded in the rolling hill country of Austin, the 4000-acre newly-renovated Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is the exotic retreat. This luxury resort offers four championship golf courses, which are some of the best golf courses in the country. The hotel is home to four swimming pools, with an infinity pool, an indoor pool, and heated pools that surround the resort oasis.
Guests can relax poolside in private cabanas, splash around on the splash pad, warm up in our oversize adult-only hot tub and relax by two fire pits overlooking Austin’s hills. There is an on-site state-of-the-art fitness center with Peleton bikes, exercise machines, a spacious free weight, and functional fitness area, a temperature-controlled indoor lap pool, running track, and dedicated studios for yoga classes, spin, and TRX training. The gym is accompanied by large locker rooms that provide ample space, serving as the ideal pre-and post-workout retreat. Other services include luxury spa treatments, in-room dining, and 24-hour concierge services.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa features seven unique restaurants and lounges with views of the surrounding Austin Hill Country. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, want to celebrate a special occasion, need a place to meet for business, or a family-friendly destination, this resort with its diverse range of activities, cuisines, and styles is the perfect pick for you!
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