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
The Line Austin is a hip trendy hotel in a great location. Our room was on the 11th floor facing the lake and the Congress bridge, great views of both.
The hotel is poorly designed with slow service where you are great with vague stairs from their staff. So clearly as a non millennial, maybe i just don't get it. Lets start with the basics. How about a lake front suite with not 1 drawer in it, yes, no chest and not a drawer in the nightstand. Just no drawers. How about a half closet in a suite. Yes their is a full closet, but since half of it is shelves, the hanging rod will hold half adult clothes and perhaps half for clothes for your dog. This is a very pet friendly hotel. How about taking a shower and not having a hook in the back of the shower or even one you can reach outside the shower. The bed is on a platform 6 inches above the ground, so great if your in a Yurt, not so much if you thought you were in a hotel room. If you need a roll-away bed, expect to ask, then ask again...then ask again...then go to the front desk and ask, then ask again, for a total of 7 times. When you get the bed, bring your own WD40 to fix the springs or you will never sleep as the bed is very poorly made and all the springs, and there are a bunch, squeak. Please don't go to the front desk an complain, because they will just stare at you. Finally when you do get the attention of someone at the front desk, just hope their colleague doesn't interrupt them or you won't complete your discussion and that colleague is clearly more important than guests.
So I ask the questions, who designed the functionality in this place? Who trained these people in hospitality?
So if you love hip and trendy and want to go to a Wannabe "W" hotel (The real one is just a few blocks away), then the Line is for you.
Just to confirm i was not losing my mind, i took a poll of several folks who attended the same event as i did and they confirmed my thoughts.
Austin has incredible hotels, but the Line proves you can take cool, modern and trendy to an absurd level.
My stay at the line has exceeded all of my expectations. Starting with location. It is in a fabulous location downtown right on the Congress Street bridge. This gives you easy access to the walk along the river as well as the legendary Austin bats when they are in residence under the bridge. We arrived before noon and were quickly assisted by the valets with our bags and parking our car. Check in was seamless and our room was ready! The lobby is really cool. A very funky vibe throughout the hotel including the guestrooms. The infinity pool is right off the lobby and while it is next to the busy road, you never know it. It’s a lovely space. Housekeeping has been a bit slow, it’s 3 PM and our room still hasn’t been clean. The rooms are quite spacious although a bit dark and there is definitely a lack of Storage space for clothing. Other than that the bathroom is beautiful, the bed is very comfy, and there’s a convenient mini bar in the closet which actually has reasonable prices. It is clearly the wonderful staff that work at the Line that make it special. Everybody I have met here has been so helpful. I would definitely stay here again be it for leisure or business.
Great spot in downtown ATX. Used to be the Radisson. Really nicely done room. Great pool with a bar and food. The lobby was stunning. There's a cool rooftop bar as well. They did charge $9 for water in the room though, which is a bit ridiculous.