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
There is not a more beautiful design-minded hotel in the city, but the service was just a little off. You have the ability to request new sheets, and I did not. However, service staff entered the room to collect dirty towels but did not make the bed. Apparently they only make the bed when sheets need to be changed.
Room service is unavailable before 7 a.m. which also strange, though you can grab food at a coffee shop in the lobby.
The only other complaint was the fact the backlight on the headboard (which was lit the entire width of the bed) spontaneously lit itself during the night. Even with a sleep mask, it was disturbing. The front desk said I could unplug the entire electronics hub (which include the USB for bedside charging) or an electrician could be called. Neither option very convenient. I went with neither and stuffed towels and linens around the light so that I could get solid sleep.
My husband and I had an overall very nice stay at the Line. It’s in a great location - right on Town Lake and South Congress Ave and a short walk from Rainey St. The hotel is beautiful, and my husband and I loved the modern design. We also really enjoyed Alfred’s Coffee (loved that it opened at 6a on Sunday so we could get coffee and croissants before an early trail run) and Dean’s One Trick Pony. All of the staff were very friendly, efficient, and accommodating. We had an awesome view of the bridge from our room and loved watching the bats at sunset.
However, there were two issues with our stay. First, the fact that it’s a dog friendly hotel just lowers the bar. It didn’t feel like a luxury hotel with the sweaty dog smell lingering in the elevator or the suspicious looking brown stain on the carpet near the foot of our bed. Also, a barking dog woke my husband up for 45 minutes in the middle of the night. Second, the pool was always so packed that we didn’t have an opportunity to use it - a shame because it looked nice and we brought our swimsuits.
Probably won’t return but may be a good choice for others because of the positives listed above.
Enjoyed a staycation here, and everything was wonderful! The rooms and common areas are stylishly curated, complete with thoughtful touches throughout (they even provide Palo Santo sticks for clearing the air). Central location makes it super easy to access all that Austin has to offer by foot or by car.
Plus, they are super pet-friendly with no weight/breed restrictions and no surcharges for pets! I was able to bring my 50lb pit mix along with me, which was a huge plus.
As an Austin local, I frequent their restaurants and public spaces regularly as well—P6 is a stunning spot to watch the sunset, the pool is saltwater and refreshing on a hot day with perfect cocktails and bites, and the restaurants are far better than most hotel eats.
The service is top-notch and friendly with impeccable attention to detail.
It’s been refreshing having seen this property transform from a Raddison with a TGI Friday’s into the gem that it is now as The Line Hotel. Highly recommended, even just to swing by for a bite/drink if you’re not staying there.