The Texan capital is found in the central part of the state, with beautiful natural surroundings. It has a thriving music scene, with hundreds of live venues and festivals held throughout the year, such as the famous South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive media festival. Visit the Blanton Museum of Art and the Contemporary Austin, The Texas State Capitol made of pink granite and Lady Bird Lake for kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking along the scenic waterfront trail. Austin is a thriving tech hub and home to several large tech companies, including Dell, IBM, and Apple. The University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest universities in the United States, is also located in the city.
The Westin Austin Downtown
Stay within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center and the vibrant 6th Street entertainment district, downtown at The Westin. There are 326 guest rooms and suites; dining options, including Stella San Jac for eclectic Austin-American food and the Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge for cocktails and light bites; a gym; a rooftop pool; and a spa. Operated by HEI Hotels & Resorts, the hotel is popular with business travellers, boasting over 19,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom, several smaller meeting rooms and a business centre.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Book one of the 294 bedrooms at the Four Seasons, where you can enjoy bespoke experiences such as a rooftop beekeeping tour and a culinary excursion exploring Austin’s food scene. Or eat in-house on Latin-inspired dishes at Ciclo, from a US menu at Live Oak, or alfresco at the poolside grill. Maintain your fitness and wellness at the state-of-the-art gym, with a dip in the heated outdoor pool and whirlpool and with treatments at the spa. Those needing to keep up to date on work, can take advantage of a business centre. The Four Seasons also provides valet parking and a gift shop.
1,048 bedrooms, a gym, a gift boutique and five restaurants (including an upscale steakhouse and a sushi bar) are spread across the 37 stories of this mammoth, central hotel. Hang out in the lobby lounge, or at the heated outdoor pool terrace, where you’ll also find a hot tub. Relax in one of the spa’s solariums, with a saline soaking pool, a eucalyptus steam grotto and a European dry heat sauna and book a treatment performed using organic products. Try your hand at cocktail-making or gingerbread-baking with a class, watch a light show, jump on a house bike to tour the city and listen to the in-house live music sessions. Set beside Palm Park and Waller Creek, the hotel has a particularly green outlook.
Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection
Built in 1928 by Commodore Edgar Perry and his wife, Lutie, as their private residence, this estate has since been converted into a boutique hotel. Its architecture was influenced by Mediterranean and Georgian styles, incorporating 10 acres of gardens, courtyards, fountains and a Slim Aarons-inspired outdoor pool. The interiors have been restored to their original grandeur, reimagined by the renowned designer Ken Fulk, evoking the whimsical character of a bygone era. Found in the Hancock neighbourhood, it’s a tranquil and secluded retreat (with an onsite Art Noveau restaurant), yet provides easy access to Austin’s attractions.