Our Favorite Staycation-Worthy Austin Hotels

So you’ve decided to take on a home remodeling project, and you need somewhere to
stay for the duration? Well, why not treat yourself to a staycation for some (or all) of that time?
It’s no secret that Austin has experienced astronomical growth in the past few years, not just in
population, but virtually every other aspect, including a thriving hotel scene, so what better
time to try out one of these fabulous retreats? Since we love a staycation, and all the relaxing
benefits that come with it, we could not be happier about our luxury accommodation options
expanding, especially when so many of them are design-forward. Though we still love our
classic go-tos (we’re looking at you, Driskill) there’s a host of newer hotspots (cocktails at Nido
at The Loren, anyone?) to delight even the snootiest of hotel snobs and architecture

Next time you’re in the mood to treat yourself, but don’t want the hassle of planes,
trains, and automobiles, consider one of these local gems we love. Whether you’re after pool
time, spa pampering, or an incredible dining experience, there are plenty of options right here
in Austin. No matter if your taste is old school cool, minimalist chic, or all-out glam, we’re sure
there’s a hotel that fits your weekend getaway profile.

Hotel Saint Cecilia
This South Austin property, made iconic by its neon poolside SOUL sign, hardly needs an
introduction. Chances are, you’ve seen it in any and every city guide under the sun, and with
good reason. Tucked away from the bustle of South Congress, you truly feel transported when
entering the serene grounds. The suites and bungalows are named after cultural muses (The
Stones, Hunter S. Thompson), and you can feel this reverence for art in everything around the
secluded (hotel guests only on the property) space, from the thematically designed rooms
featuring turntables and Geneva sound systems, to the lending library of vintage LPs. Take a
dip in the pool, wrap yourself in your custom kimono, and relax in the lounge with a cocktail or
two, while doing some discreet people watching…you never know who is likely to book a room

Hotel Ella
Another Austin landmark estate (this one being the Goodall Wooten House) turned chic
boutique hotel, the Ella is a Greek Revival mansion with 47 guest rooms. Relax by the pool or
on the wrap-around veranda, or take in the impressive art collection.

Proper Hotel
Any Kelly Wearstler-designed property would of course make this list, and the Proper is no
exception. Influenced by local craftsmen and artisans, but with Wearstler’s inspiring and
evocative approach, this 238-room property is a stone’s throw from Ladybird Lake, music
venues, and restaurants. Not feeling adventurous and simply want to unwind? There is plenty
to do at the hotel itself. From the luxurious Verbena spa, to the delicious Mediterranean cuisine
of The Peacock, Proper’s signature restaurant, it’s easy to just spend the entire stay exploring
its perfectly appointed nooks and crannies

The Loren
The latest addition to our list, The Loren at Lady Bird Lake has all the makings of an ideal
staycation. Start your day with a little pampering at Milk + Honey Spa, rejuvenate at the rooftop
pool in the afternoon, and end the day with cocktails or dinner at Nido, overlooking Ladybird
Lake and Zilker Park

The Driskill
If timeless and untrendy is your thing, then the Driskill is for you. For over a century, this Austin
institution has hosted anyone and everyone that has played a part in Texas history. LBJ even
made it his unofficial headquarters in the 50s and 60s. This hometown classic is well-appointed
and conveniently located, but if you want to stay put, there’s not better bar to have a martini, or
a cozier spot for a proper afternoon tea. We especially love it during the holidays, when the tree
lights up the grand lobby

Hotel San Jose
Like its sister property, the Saint Cecelia, the San Jose exudes laid-back cool. Though not as
private (visitors are allowed), this place is nevertheless serene and feels like a sanctuary from
South Congress passerby. The pool area and the courtyard lounge (with its insane micheladas)
are just steps away from the comfortable bungalow-style rooms, so its easy to seamlessly
transition from hanging out to staying in

Hotel Magdalena
This newish addition to the Music Lane section of SoCo, and cousin to San Jose and Saint
Cecelia, via Bunkhouse (the hotel group behind these local favorites), is a multi-level property
that gives off a distinctly tree-house feel (maybe it’s the pool surrounded by the lush native
Texan vegetation). Grab a complimentary bike and explore the neighborhood, or just walk to
grab a smoothie from Sunlife Organics, browse the offerings at the Music Lane shops
(Neighborhood Goods is a favorite), or have dinner on the beautiful Aba patio. If you’re looking
for both comfort and entertainment, this is the hotel for you.

Commodore Perry Estate
Another gorgeously elegant option is the Commodore Perry Estate. With its stunning formal
gardens, this Italian Renaissance Revival mansion is truly transports guests and visitors to
another time. The rooms and suites seamlessly combine the modern comforts of luxury with
the traditional trappings of a country estate, which is to be expected, as it is part of the
Auberge Resorts Collection. End your stay with a perfect meal at Lutie’s, and let yourself be
dazzled by the plush interior, pastoral courtyard, and pristine service.

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