Austin has long been a dream destination of ours, so we wanted to check off as many items from our bucket list as we could on our first trip. When considering accommodations our priority was clear: location, location, location. Downtown Austin is the place to be, but the options can be overwhelming. Choosing the right home away from home can make all the difference, so here’s how to make sure you pick the right one for you.
Aloft Austin Downtown
Aloft has had a presence in Austin but recently opened a new location in the heart of downtown. When we say “the heart of downtown”, it’s not simply a turn of phrase. The hotel is caddy-cornered to the Contemporary Austin and offers a clear view up the street of the stunning State Capitol building. The property has an electric vibe. Meeting up with some friends in Austin? Host them at Upstairs at Caroline, which makes you question what a hotel bar should look like. Play Giant Jenga or Foosball while you sample local craft beers.
Element Austin Downtown
Element, which shares a space with Aloft, is geared towards a more laid-back, relaxed customer looking to maximize the room’s functionality. Whether you’re staying for a day or a month, you’ll find comfort in the fact that you can return home to an inviting room fitted with a kitchen and a workspace. Enjoy a complimentary after-work reception with snacks and beverages, as well as breakfast in the morning. Unpack and unwind.
Pro Tip: Since Element and Aloft reside in the same building, there are shared amenities that customers from each hotel will also have access to, which is a unique perk. Element guests can still enjoy Upstairs at Caroline, while Aloft guests can make use of the fitness center and guest laundry.
Westin Austin Downtown
Westin Austin Downtown marries hip and funky with classic and luxurious. The lobby and in-house restaurant Stella San Jac are impressive. But the Azul Rooftop is enough to justify a stay here. It offers stunning views of the city as well as its neighbor, the Frost Bank Tower. Soak in the pool, or lounge in the poolside cabanas. Groove to a live DJ on Saturday nights. Get your namaste on with rooftop yoga on Tuesday mornings.
If you’re looking for things to do while you’re in Austin, start with our last post on street art and street food, and stay tuned for more gems!
Thank you to Starwood Properties for partnering on this post. As a reminder, all opinions are our own. All three properties participate in Starwood’s guest loyalty program, which is free to enroll in. Sign up to accrue points and receive perks here.