What We Love
- Expertly crafted cocktails, such as the Dean (a take on the Manhattan made with Red River rye, amaro, vermouth and aged bitters), in the stately Goodall’s bar
- Breakfast on the spacious front porch; try the chilaquiles and warm sugar donuts served with dulce de leche dipping sauce
What To Know
- The hotel invites dogs of any size with a welcome amenity (dog biscuits), water bowls, food dishes and in-room dining menus for a $50 charge per stay
- Overnight valet parking is $25 a night
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
While the guestrooms are sleek and contemporary, Hotel Ella creatively plays up its historic roots in the common spaces. Along with original features such as the mansion’s pressed tin ceilings, leaded cut glass and crown moldings, the property houses a collection of artworks ranging from historic drawings to modern sculptures and photographs. The popular saloon features a 1940 photograph by Ansel Adams, for example, and the front entrance holds Barbara Segal’s whimsical 2,000-pound marble Chanel handbag.
Bed and Bath
The spacious guestrooms, done up in creamy whites and sleek grays, allow for pops of color — a bright yellow loveseat or a brilliant blue velvet lounge. Some rooms give onto the original mansion’s spacious porch, while others have floor-to-ceiling windows that lead out to private patios with small, beautifully landscaped gardens. The marble bathrooms are equipped with fluffy terrycloth robes and L’Occitane amenities. The minibar offers a choice of snacks such as Janis & Melanie chocolate chip pecan cookies, Banana Moon caramel nut popcorn and Clif bars, and you can take advantage of freebies such as in-room coffee, daily newspapers and WiFi.
Begin your evening at Ella’s Saloon, a stately lounge where bartenders shake up inventive takes on classic cocktails. Goodall’s Kitchen, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is just across the lobby. Here, chef Michael Paley expertly executes straightforward dishes with a Lone Star twist, such as quail with cheddar grits, a silky scallop crudo topped with watermelon radish and green apples, and pan-seared halibut alongside crispy baby artichokes. A rectangular pool framed by white loungers is one of the city’s best escapes on hot summer days. You can also work up a sweat in the fitness center, full of weights and cardio machines.
In the Area
The Ransom Center, located on the University of Texas campus, houses manuscripts by writers such as James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway, as well as a Gutenberg Bible — one of only 21 complete surviving versions. Close by, the Blanton Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes some of the oldest Latin American works in the country. For a fancy dinner head to Jeffrey’s, a polished steakhouse that serves choice cuts such as a 36-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye from West Texas, or to Clark’s Oyster Bar, a neighborhood seafood restaurant (think red snapper ceviche topped with roe, serrano and basil) where the waiters sport preppy boat shoes.
How to Get There
Enjoyed my stay at the Ella hotel. A very charming and unique hotel. No complaints here. My room was comfortable, staff were very helpful. The breakfast was fine and enjoyed the happy hour at the bar.
The staff was very attentive, the guys at Valet are very helpful and sweet! The restaurant is really yummy, and the entire feel of the hotel is peaceful! Highly recommend! Would stay again! Thank you!
Lovely property with swanky little pool and amenities, super friendly staff. Clean room, pool view, walking distance to event, valet service with always quick and friendly. Great stay - my work trip felt like a vacation.