Alfresco drinks at Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace overlooking Congress Avenue
24-hour fitness center and room service
Starting off the day with laps in the indoor pool
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What To Know
Within strolling distance of the state capitol and next door to the Paramount Theater
Guestrooms received a tip-to-toe renovation in 2013
Additional charges apply for WiFi
Parking on site
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Historic downtown hotel with an indoor pool, two restaurants and a buzzy terrace bar overlooking Congress Avenue and the Texas state capitol
This historic hotel with an Art Deco façade in downtown Austin puts visitors steps from popular sights like the state capitol, the University of Texas and the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. The 190 guestrooms are decorated with dark woods and warm, red-toned accents. Most Deluxe Rooms also include a separate seating area with a sofa, a coffee table and a writing desk. Start your day with laps in the heated indoor swimming pool, part of the hotel’s top-notch health club. Head to lunch at the Roaring Fork for wood-fire American fare (think steaks and fresh fish) and killer margaritas. Or, for a bird’s-eye view of Congress Avenue, nab a seat on the wrought iron wraparound terrace of Stephen F’s Bar, where you’ll get a spectacular shot of the capitol.
In the Area
The concierge recommends beginning your day with a walk along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, which includes 10 miles of trail along the lake. Reward yourself with brunch at the South Congress Café (we suggest the smoked brisket hash), then spend the rest of the morning shopping the eclectic boutiques along South Congress. Be sure to hit Allen’s Boots, a local landmark since 1977, for a huge selection of new and used cowboy boots. In the afternoon head to Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring–fed pool that’s at a constant temperature of 68 degress, so visitors can go for a dip whatever the weather. For dinner, settle in on the patio at Paggi House for farm-to-table fare overlooking Lady Bird Lake.