9 Top-Rated Resorts in Austin
As the capital of Texas, Austin has no shortage of top-rated hotels and resorts. Popular options for those seeking luxury accommodations include the elegant Four Seasons Hotel in the city's downtown core and the JW Marriott Austin. Brought to you by two of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, these elegant properties spoil you from the moment you arrive. The charming Hotel Granduca Austin, with its European flare, is also worth considering if pampering is your thing.
Those wanting to enjoy a less frantic pace away from the city center should consider the excellent Lake Austin Spa Resort, an exquisite lakeside property that's considered by most to be the best place to stay in the city. And for those wanting a great boutique hotel experience, Hotel Ella is well worth it for its charming old architecture and chic rooms. Find the best place to stay with our list of the top resorts in Austin.
1 Lake Austin Spa Resort
After a stay at the elegant Lake Austin Spa Resort, you'll certainly understand why this all-inclusive boutique hotel is so popular with travelers. While much of the appeal has to do with its idyllic Texas Hill Country location overlooking Lake Austin, another contributing factor is its size. Comprising just 40 well-appointed and sumptuously decorated rooms, it's so intimate and tranquil, you'd easily be forgiven for thinking you are much farther away from the hustle and bustle of the state capital than you actually are.
Notable on-site amenities include a good-sized gym with yoga and meditation classes, as well as the chance to get in some paddleboarding out on the lake (boating is also available). Aquafit classes are also available in the heated outdoor swimming pool, or if sunbathing is your thing, just pull up a lounge chair and relax. There's also a spa when a little additional pampering is required. The hotel has earned a great reputation for its food, too, which is definitely a highlight of a stay here (in-room dining is available).
Room features include a choice of king or queen beds, exquisite décor with original local artworks, excellent views over the lake, spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (and bathrobes), work desks, and furnished patios with awnings. A nice touch is the inclusion of fresh cut flowers in your room.
Accommodation: Lake Austin Spa Resort
2 Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Set overlooking lovely Lady Bird Lake in the heart of Austin, the majestic Four Seasons Hotel Austin is a great choice for those needing to be close to the city center but still craving a dose of luxury with their stay. The hotel consists of 294 elegant rooms and suites boasting superb lake or city views. Options to consider when booking include walkout balconies as well as separate living rooms. Standard features include 55-inch HDTVs, work desks, L'Occitane products in your spacious bathroom, and evening turndown service. A number of mobility-friendly units are available, as well as some pet-friendly rooms, too. Kids are also catered to and are provided with mini-bathrobes, toiletries, and menus (babysitting service available).
Notable amenities include a luxury chauffeur driven shuttle service when heading out for the evening, as well as valet parking. In addition to the hotel's full-service spa with steam rooms, there's a fitness center and a heated, outdoor, saltwater swimming pool. If you're musically inclined, be sure to borrow one of the hotel's guitars for a garden jam session or, if a newbie, book a lesson from a pro.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Austin
3 JW Marriott Austin
As one of the world's top luxury hotel brands, JW Marriott know a thing or two about how to look after their guests. Boasting some of the city's most spacious accommodations amongst its 1,012 rooms, this elegant hotel offers everything from standard sized units to expansive one- and two-bedroom suites with all the comforts of home. The larger units, including the exquisite presidential suites (the hotel has three), come with separate living and dining rooms, workspaces with desks and chairs, three HDTVs, large bathrooms with marble countertops, stand-alone glass showers and bathtubs (and bathrobes), and great views over the city.
The same high standards can also be seen in the hotel's amenities. Notable features include a number of excellent on-site restaurants serving a mix of international and American dishes (in-room dining options available), a large heated outdoor swimming pool on the roof with terrace and cabanas, a fitness center, 12,000 square feet of meeting and function space, and a full-service spa. Laundry and concierge services are also available.
Accommodation: JW Marriott Austin
4 Hotel Granduca Austin
Drawing inspiration from a 16th-century Italian palace, Hotel Granduca Austin is certainly worth considering when staying in the Texan capital. Affectionately known by locals and regular guests as the "Palace of the Duke," the amenities of this new hotel (it opened in 2015) are certainly world-class. Highlights of a stay include indulging in simple perks, such as daily newspaper delivery to your room and complimentary shoe shines, to being chauffeured around town in a BMW 7-Series luxury vehicle. The hotel also has a large heated outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, on-site dining, and concierge services.
The luxury certainly extends to the hotel's rooms and suites. In addition to standard features such as phone charging stations, HDTVs, and free Wi-Fi, guests are provided with complimentary bottled water, large bathrooms with separate tubs and showers (bathrobes included), and upgraded bedding. Some of the larger suites even come with handy kitchenettes complete with granite countertops, sinks, microwaves, and mini fridges, plus a spacious separate master bedroom.
Accommodation: Hotel Granduca Austin
5 Hyatt Regency Austin
The recently renovated Hyatt Regency Austin provides guests with plenty of good reasons to want to stay in this downtown hotel. Just a few minutes' walk away from the city's best dining, shopping, and entertainment, this fine luxury offering from Hyatt consists of 448 accommodations ranging in size from standard (yet spacious) hotel rooms up to deluxe one-bedroom suites, the biggest of which are more than 1,200 square feet. Notable features of these larger units - perfect for families or couples wanting a little more space in which to relax - include a choice of king or two queen beds, marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and separate soaker tubs, mini-fridges, and the hotel's best views over Lady Bird Lake. Pet-friendly units are also available, so be sure to request one when making your reservation.
On-site amenities include 50,000 square feet of convention and event space, including two elegant ballrooms, as well as a business center. When it's time to unwind, the hotel has a variety of dining options (including in-room), a Starbucks when a caffeine fix is needed, as well as regular live music. The fitness center is popular for its yoga classes. Afterwards, be sure to check out the large, heated, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. For golfers, be sure to talk to the hotel's dedicated concierge for reservations at the area's top courses.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Austin
6 Hotel Ella
Looking not unlike something out of Grecian times due to its huge columns and detailed façade, the beautiful Hotel Ella certainly stands out among the city's top luxury places to stay. Located in the downtown area, this delightful boutique hotel is housed in one of the city's top historic landmarks, Goodall Wooten House. Built in 1900, the completely renovated mansion now comprises 47 elegant guestrooms featuring exquisite décor and custom furnishings, luxury bedding, and HDTVs. Upgrade to a larger suite, such as the wonderful Ella's Parlor Suite, and you'll enjoy a spacious bathroom, separate living space, and great views. Larger still are the Mansion Petite Suites with their king beds and private balconies.
A highlight of any stay at Hotel Ella is simply relaxing on the huge wraparound verandah, where you can even enjoy a delicious snack or meal. Also fun is hanging around the large, heated, outdoor swimming pool, whether soaking up the sun or relaxing in one of the cabanas provided. Be sure to stroll the estate grounds with its lush lawns and gardens, a popular pastime thanks to the addition of a collection of fine sculptures.
Accommodation: Hotel Ella
7 Hotel Saint Cecilia
Another great option for those seeking a more intimate, personalized getaway in Austin is Hotel Saint Cecilia. Named after the patron saint of music, this quirky boutique hotel offers a choice of studios, suites, and stand-alone cottages overlooking the property's lush gardens in South Austin. Regardless of your preference, you'll enjoy such features as custom-made European mattresses and beds, plush bathrobes and toiletries, and top-of-the-range sound systems with record decks (yes, you can borrow classic vinyl records from their music collection). Popular choices include Suite 1, with its separate bedroom, sitting room, study, outdoor shower, and quaint porch, or one of the poolside bungalows, which boast additional living space indoors and out. Pets are welcome, but be sure to let the hotel know prior to arrival.
On-site amenities include the 24-hour, 50-foot, outdoor, heated lap pool (for a special treat, you can enjoy breakfast or dinner poolside). Another highlight is the attractive lounge area, perfect for private functions and gatherings of up to 20 people. A well-stocked reading library is also available.
Accommodation: Hotel Saint Cecilia
8 Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Although undergoing a massive renovation, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa continues to offer guests the same high level of hospitality that has made the brand one of the leading luxury hotel groups in North America. Once complete, the resort will comprise 493 rooms offering great views over Austin's surrounding Hill Country. All renovated rooms will feature luxury bedding, large bathrooms with glass showers and separate bathtubs, custom furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and modern bright décor throughout. An added benefit is the inclusion of a mini-fridge and coffee bar.
It's a large property, so there's plenty of amenities to enjoy. Highlights include a new luxury full-service spa; a large convention center; six restaurants; and an 11,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center offering classes, trainers, and programs. Other notable amenities include a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool, with a massive terrace area for sunbathing and relaxing, and a golf course with a clubhouse.
Accommodation: Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
9 Fairmont Austin
When it comes to luxury, it's pretty difficult to equal Fairmont. And the exquisite new Fairmont Austin is certainly no exception. Located in the very heart of Austin, this impressive structure consists of 37 floors with 1,048 elegant rooms and suites, many offering superb views over Lady Bird Lake. Notable amenities include a gradual-entry, outdoor, heated swimming pool with plenty of space to lounge about (if you can, go for one of the private cabanas). There's also plenty of dining options, including in-room dining, expansive meeting spaces, and a full-service spa with steam rooms and saunas, a fitness center, and hair salon.
Popular room choices include the Fairmont Rooms. These bright and spacious hotel rooms come in either single king or double queen bed configurations, each with comfy pillow-top mattresses, work desks and phone chargers, as well as large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers plus bathrobes. The deluxe suites with lake views are a great upgrade option.
Accommodation: Fairmont Austin