The LINE Hotel Austin
What We Love
- The hotel’s main restaurant has prime seats to Austin’s renowned sunset “bat show”
- Craft cocktails by the infinity pool
- Custom artwork by emerging local artists in all guest rooms
- Inventive pastries—Matcha conchas, Eggs Benedict kolaches—at the lobby café
What To Know
- A rooftop lounge with sweeping Lady Bird Lake views will open soon
- The hotel’s comprehensive redesign was a collaborative effort between Austin architect Michael Hsu and the L.A.-based designer Sean Knibb
- Capitol King rooms overlook the statehouse
- Pets stay for free
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Yesteryear Austin landmark does a dramatic about-face, with an all-star restaurant lineup and an allegiance to its longstanding musical roots
This former Radisson, long a stodgy mid-century eyesore on Austin’s otherwise effervescent skyline, was overdue for a stem-to-stern reinvention. Fortunately, the Sydell Group who knew just what to shed and keep. The hotel’s once gaudy lobby is now the site of trendy Alfred, an L.A.-based café that made the phrase “but first, coffee” Instagram-famous. The dreadfully out-of-touch TGI Fridays was replaced with Arlo Grey, an edible excursion through France and Italy by way of Central Texas, helmed by Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. The formerly corporate rooms now exude a firm sense of place, replete with gentle nods to Hill Country’s sunsets, green spaces, and rivers: light fixtures are styled to resemble fireflies and bed boards mimic topographical maps. In its earliest form, the building was the site of a 1960s-era jazz club that broadcast live on radio, and the property’s decades-old commitment to music remains alive and kicking in the form of an upcoming artist-in-residency program and sound-bath meditations by the neighboring lake.
In the Area
Whether it’s a walk through the distinguished Texas State Capitol, just a mile from the hotel, or an afternoon taking in a festive Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexic-Arte Museum, downtown Austin pairs small-town scenes with big city swagger. Because you happen to be in the world’s live music capital, don’t leave without a two-step lesson and some boot-scootin’ at Broken Spoke, a 55-year-old dance hall with a celebrity guest list that includes Garth Brooks, Clint Eastwood, and Willie Nelson.
How to Get There
Trendy, fun hotel in a great location in Austin. The pool area was pretty busy, but service was great and super friendly. Rooms were really nice and comfortable and modern. Don’t miss going for a run or a walk on the waterfront, just outside the hotel. Austin is a lively fun city!
I recently stayed at the Line for three days with a group of friends on a trip to Austin. I really would have a difficult time ever choosing to stay somewhere else in Austin. They are really getting it everything right - the rooms, the restaurants, the pool, the staff, it is all very well done.
The feel of the hotel is definitely modern, and there is a younger crowd. While the restaurants, bar, and pool all stay busy, everyone was really just having a good time and not getting out of control. All the food and drink I had was excellent. Dean's One Trick in particular was a favorite of our group, and I think we ate about their entire supply of Hot Chicken Sandwiches. The burger is really good as well.
The bar in Dean's One Trick stays open in the evenings and it's a cool area to hang out with shuffleboard and pool. P6, the upstairs/rooftop bar, is a really awesome spot and has to have some of the best views of the river and Congress Street bridge of any drinking establishment in town. Definitely a must visit, although it can be difficult to find a spot to sit around sunset. The pool is the place to be during the day, particularly on the weekend, and gets crowded. That said, it never felt like a wild party scene, just a lot people soaking up some sun or trying to cool off in the pool.
The rooms are clean, comfortable, and minimalist. As others have observed, the beds are lower to the ground than your average hotel bed. It fits with the aesthetic, and I didn't have problem with it. But, if you have mobility issues, I could see how it may be more difficult. Our group rented the Bridge Suite as a hang out spot, and it is truly an amazing room. Again, I don't know how you can beat the views from the wraparound floor to ceiling windows looking out on the river and the Congress Street Bridge.
The best part by far though was the staff. One of the most noticeable things is how young most of them are, but every single one of them we encountered was polite, professional, friendly, and eager to help. They were all great ambassadors for the brand. One person in particular who deserves a mention is Misty, who handles their group reservations. From start to finish she was amazing to work with, and really went out of her to way to accommodate us and make sure our trip was great. She is an unbelievable asset for this hotel, and I would recommend anyone planning a group trip in Austin to get in touch with her.
The only downside is that there's so much good stuff to do at the hotel, that it can be hard to get away from the hotel to see all that Austin has to offer. Fortunately the hotel has a great location and easy access to a lot of great areas in and around downtown Austin if you can break away. I really can't say enough good things about this hotel. I would absolutely recommend it and would stay again.
We enjoyed our stay at the Line very much! The location is absolutely perfect and even has a view of the bridge with the bats from the amazing pool area. Restaurants on site were great. Rooms were a little basic, but all that we needed.
I stayed in one of the large suites, the 61 series room. Incredibly comfortable and sizable, with a lovely view of the Congress Street bridge and a chance to look for the bats.
Arlo Grey is a fantastic restaurant and bar, Alfred’s coffee is perfect and convenient — don’t go to Starbucks, and P6, the new bar, has a great atmosphere and tasty drinks.
The gym, though small, has everything you need on a short business trip.
Furniture in the rooms, the toiletries and the media are all top class.
This was my first time staying at The Line in Austin. We had a great experience. Check in was easy and the lobby was very nice! We had a double queen room with a lot of space. I loved the shower! Location was great and walking distance to a lot of wonderful restaurants and shopping on 2nd street. Staff at the hotel were always friendly and have advice on where to go and what to do. They do have a nice pool but we didn't use it. Roof top bar was nice but we weren't crazy about the food. Breakfast was good in the mornings. Coffee at the coffee shop was delicious! Would definitely stay again!