Austin Texas: Still Hip, and Now, Booming with New Hotels

Austin's newest hotel is the Line Hotel on Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Austin’s newest hotel is the Line Hotel on Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Austin’s always been a bit of a spoiled brat of a city. I mean, it’s impossibly hip, it’s got Google Fiber, the fastest internet on the planet, and everyone who’s cool and hip is seen every March at the famous South by Southwest Conference.

But what we want to know is, what’s NEW?  Austin for the past few years has been on a hotel-building frenzy, with nine hotels coming online. The city added 2000 rooms in 2015 alone!

The Line Hotel was built in a 1965-era building that was once the home of a jazz club where live jazz was performed and played on local radio.  The new hotel is now open right on the lake, which is also a river.

The Line Hotel is a classic old style hotel, with new amenities that bring it into the 21st century. The designers have incorporated local artwork into many parts of the building, and they host many music and cultural events.

The Line’s lakeside infinity pool will tempt guests who will want to linger before taking on the city’s exciting music scene.

In 2018, the elegant Fairmont Hotel, from Canada, opened up a 37-floor, five- restaurant behemoth in Austin on Red River Street, with 1048 rooms and suites.

The rooftop pool at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin Texas.
The rooftop pool at the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin Texas.

The Hotel Van Zandt opened a year earlier, a Kimpton property, it features a swanky rooftop pool and that oh-so-hip atmosphere the K brand is famous for.   You can bring any sized pet, and they even have a dog sitting and walking service available!

And you can even watch the amazing site when the world’s largest urban bat colony emerges in summer when you’re sitting on their outdoor deck.

Geraldine’s, the Van Zandt’s restaurant and bar, is a hot spot for local music lovers, and for those who love shareable plates of New American cuisine.

The new luxe boutique hotel, the Archer Austin.
The new luxe boutique hotel, the Archer Austin.

The Archer Hotel is another new stand-out in Austin, this one is a boutique hotel with eight stories and 171 rooms, and the Second Bar and Kitchen, where chef David Bull’s gourmet cuisine is presented in an airy setting with floor to ceiling windows.

You’re right where the action is at the Archer,  where the Rock Rose, Domain NORTHSIDE’s entertainment district, is a best-of compilation of Austin’s homegrown restaurants, bars, and shopping.

The smaller Hotel Ella is a boutique property in Austin.
The smaller Hotel Ella is a boutique property in Austin.

For something a bit different, and more historic, try the Hotel Ella, that’s walking distance from the University of Texas at Austin. Constructed in 1900, the Greek Revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers a perfect balance between modernity and a rich history.

With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces you’ll find the perfect spot for a business gathering or a romantic getaway.

If you’re thinking of Austin for SXSW, or just for the fun of it, find Austin Hotels on Bonwi.com and use your points for a future stay.