What We Love
- Cocktails such as the cucumber and jalapeño lemonade, made with local Deep Eddy Vodka, or the green bee, which uses honey sourced from the hotel’s rooftop hives
- The people-watching at Trace restaurant’s plush outdoor lounge, surrounded by trees with twinkling lights
- The W’s signature Bliss lemon-sage amenities
What To Know
- Overnight valet parking is $31 a night
- Print your airline tickets in advance: To do so in Wired, the business center requires an Internet fee
- While WiFi is free in public areas, it comes at a charge in the guest rooms
- Read more about what to see and do in Austin in our magazine section
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a city known for its casual vibe, the W Austin stands out as a playground for those who want to strap on stilettos and sip martinis in a swanky spot. Guests can take their pick of lounges: In the Living Room, colorful throw pillows, a wall of vinyls, and modern art dress up cozy couches and chairs, while in neighboring spaces, guests pull out computers in a natural light. Exposed concrete pillars anchor the soaring tower, giving every room an industrial edge.
Bed and Bath
Of the hotel’s 251 rooms, snag one of the 27 Cool Corner Suites for expanded views, as well as their spacious bathrooms and additional living rooms. All rooms touch on masculine and feminine design thanks to their cool palettes and splashes of color. Fashionable accents (bright red chairs, blue wine glasses, modish light fixtures) also grace the space. W-branded beds are cocoons of comfort, and Bliss sage-and-lemon bath products are hard not to hoard. Don’t miss locally inspired minibar snacks.
Foods are sourced locally whenever possible at Trace restaurant, divided into indoor and outdoor dining rooms, where standout dishes include the housemade charcuteries, goat rib-eye and seared, diver-caught scallops. Don’t skip dessert: drunken donuts (they come with a bourbon dulce de leche and vodka-spiked whipped cream) are a whimsical take on Café Du Monde’s famous fried dough. Work off your meal at SWEAT gym, a spacious workout facility that overlooks the city. For those who would rather relax, head to the WET pool surrounded by lounge chairs, or get spoiled with a massage or facial at the sprawling Away Spa with its seven treatment rooms.
In the Area
Guests can’t stay at the W without seeing a show or Austin City Limits taping at Moody Theater, attached to the hotel (check with the Insider, or concierge, to see if you can snag last minute tickets or a tour of the space). Around the corner on Second Street, order a cup of locally roasted Cuvée coffee at Jo’s, an Austin staple. If you want to go shopping, don’t miss jewelry by local designers such as Shaesby at Eliza Paige. Also close by, La Condesa is a top restaurant for haute Mexican cuisine and excellent margaritas.
How to Get There
I absolutely loved this hotel! It is very artistic and chic. The lobby is beautifully decorated as well as the rooms. I got a complimentary upgrade too that I enjoyed very much! On the other hand, experience with the front desk wasn't great. They greeted and assisted me very professionally and had a smile always. But at the moment of check in the agent wrote down the wrong room number on my key card and that resulted in going up and down twice. I had been trying to open another room! By the third time, I just called with the phone by the elevators and they told me my room was actually written down incorrectly and that they apologized for the mistake. After like 15 minutes I could get into my room. Then, at the moment of check out I asked to pay room and tax with one card and incidentals with another card and when I gave out the second card they charged everything on that one. Room service staff got my breakfast exactly how I ordered it and it was delicious! Housekeeping was outstanding as my room was very clean and beautiful.
The front desk was nice but the service was slow and had reservation wrong and didn't apologize but the hotel was nice and trendy great location and people watching
Would be back for drinks and food and pool
Very nice hotel. Modern with a club downstairs. Parking is bad. ($45 valet service) Room is kinda small but nice. Great view. The tub/shower is BAD. The tub is about 3-4 feet high, so it is hard to get in and out of, especially inebriated. Haha. Great location though.
Stayed here for business 4 nights. Very typical W -- trying hard to be hip and cool but chocked full of less-than-hip business travelers. Ate in the restaurant and the food was fine but expensive. Hotel is dark with standard W dark gray halls and somewhat weird rooms -- like that giant weird lounge chair they put in the W hotel room that no one ever sits on. Biggest issue I had was that the staff just weren't very helpful --like they were too cool for the guests. They also seemed to be screwing up all the details due to the recent Marriott-Westin integration -- charged for internet when it is part of my business rate, wrong Marriott # in the system so no recognition of my lifetime Platinum status,
We just got back from a 4 night stay at the W hotel in Austin and although everyone was lovely and the experience from an upgrade at check in to a great gym was terrific... I wanted to mention 2 exceptional people. Julia the concierge planned a tour of the UT campus including a map with specific stops for us ... as we were coming to see the school while it was closed for winter break. The other standout was Prometheus in Trace restaurant who took great care of us and even remembered how we liked our coffee— and brought it to us before we had time to ask.
We will definitely be back at this hotel if we find ourselves back in Austin
Thanks for a great stay