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 hotel was tastefully decorated and guest friendly. The full size health and beauty amenities in the bathroom were wonderful but I found the actual lighting in the bathroom to be fairly dark. The pool was beautiful and there was plenty of comfortable seating.
Usually stay at Saint Cecilia but needed to be downtown and wanted some place more economical. This was a great alternative. Hip but practical and has a good feeling that you are clearly in Austin. Nice small pool which is a bit too close to the road. My room was a good size. It did not have a river view but still had a lot of light. On the downside there was no drawer space which would be a problem if you were staying for longer than a few nights. I was thrilled when they could bring me a steamer for my clothes. Ordered room service breakfast which came in this cool cafeteria style tray but was delicious. Just a shower and no tub but good toiletries. No turn down service. I did not have dinner there but the lunch place was yummy and not too crowded. Would return for sure. Only sad I did not sample the margaritas.
a great start for a new hotel.. they say that they were trying to be minimal.. good vibe attentive staff ... a few things to fix and i think they are working on them.. rooms were comfortable some new things in the room could use an explanation roof top p6 is a fn bar to look out on latin and the bridge for bat watching. dining room is a top chef winner .. great breakfasts . a conceirge from nY who understands visitors and a small selection of interesting prod in a pop up shop don't ask fro a newspaper got to go digital
I found a great deal for The Line Hotel and thought it was worth staying there, even after reading some of the reviews. Well, all of the negative reviews are true. The lobby has a nice atmosphere, yet the rooms seem like an afterthought. There is not an iron in the room, there is a lot of creepy empty space in the room (almost like some of the furniture is still on order) and worst of all the beds are very uncomfortable. However, the location is perfect. Not sure if I would ever stay there again, a one or two block walk might just be a better way to go. I could not, recommend this hotel to family or friends.
7 pm two girlfriends with reservation to sit outside - little did we know we would get the worst table with sun blazing at us. We are 40+ years old and I think that could have something to do with why we ended up being seated at 7:30 pm. Very hard to fit food on the tiny tables. Hard to get server to pay attention. Spent $60 for two tiny appetizers/bites and a drink each (not even a special cocktail). Getting the check and paying took another 15 minutes. Then the reduced price of $10 to park! Views? Ok...nothing you can't get other places in Austin including the free new Seaholm library deck/outdoor space. PS Hope this is your "newness" and that you will kick it up a notch.