Austin is a vibrant and bustling city known for its music scene, diverse cuisine, and exciting nightlife. Whether you're a local looking for a staycation or a tourist visiting for the first time, we created this guide so you can easily find your ideal hotel with a great bar to go along with it.

From stylish and modern designs to historic and charming interiors, these hotels offer more than just a place to stay, but an experience you won't forget. Pack your bags, and let's explore what makes these boutique hotels stand out!

Near Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin Skyline During Day

Several cool boutique hotels near downtown Austin offer a unique and stylish experience for travelers. Some of these hotels are Kimber Modern and Austin Motel, located near the hip South Congress district and a few minutes from downtown Austin.

If you're looking for boutique hotels in the heart of downtown Austin, two great options are Hotel Ella and Heywood Hotel. If you prefer to stay in North Austin, you can also find the Archer Hotel and Lone Star Court, both located in Austin's popular shopping and entertainment district, The Domain which is only less than 20 minutes from downtown.

Hotel Magdalena

Located in the vibrant South Congress Avenue, Hotel Magdalena is a modern boutique hotel known for its blend of eclectic shops, restaurants, and music venues. The hotel has a sleek mid-century modern design and eco-friendly features, providing a cool and comfortable space to relax after a day of exploring the city. 

The hotel has a wide range of amenities including a 900-square-foot sunken swimming pool exclusive to guests, dog-friendly, complimentary use of gym equipment, and more. For a full-service dining experience, head to Summer House on Music Lane, Hotel Magdalena's restaurant, which features a breezy, secluded patio and a menu of seasonal dishes.

Magdalena Bar

Enjoy craft cocktails at the Magdalena Bar as well as delicious snacks that are perfect for warm, sunny days. They also offer a wide selection of beverages, including refreshing frozen favorites such as the Poolside Piña Colada and The Classic Margarita. Magdalena Bar has close proximity to The Shore and 70 Rainey.

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Thompson Austin

Thompson Austin, a Hyatt hotel, offers a luxurious and modern stay with a range of amenities to ensure comfort and enjoyment. From the rooftop pool and lounge to the exceptional cuisine at James Beard Award winner Mashama Bailey's Diner Bar and The Gray Market, you'll find it hard to leave.

Located in the heart of Austin, the hotel also provides easy access to some of the city's best dining, shopping, and entertainment options. In addition, the hotel features a state-of-the-art 6,700-square-foot gym and wellness center, equipped with the latest fitness equipment.

Wax Myrtle’s

Wax Myrtle's, located on the 4th floor of Thompson Austin, is an upscale bar, pool, and dining destination that offers a welcoming atmosphere for both locals and visitors. This hotel bar is walkable from the Austonian and 70 Rainey. The central bar, surrounded by a lush urban oasis of plants and a living green wall, serves up a diverse selection of cocktails. The spacious indoor and outdoor venue features a lush pool deck with covered cabanas, an oversized outdoor fireplace, and a private event space with a stage. 

Hotel ZaZa

Nestled in the bustling heart of downtown Austin, the luxurious Hotel ZaZa offers guests its enchanting atmosphere and array of modern amenities. The hotel's designed rooms are spacious, and sophisticated, with a level of style that will leave you mesmerized.

Relax at the ZaSpa, a sanctuary of serenity and rejuvenation for the mind, body, and soul. Whether you're looking for hot stone and deep tissue massages or revitalizing facials and full body treatments, ZaSpa has everything you need. Foodies will delight in the exceptional dining experiences offered at Hotel ZaZa, with Group Therapy, ideal for intimate dinners or laid-back meals during your stay.

Cabana Bar

The Cabana Bar at Hotel ZaZa is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Austin. This luxurious hotel bar is walkable from The Spring Condos, the 360 Condos and Austin City Lofts. The Cabana Bar has a poolside escape, situated on the 7th floor, boasts stunning views of Downtown Austin and Republic Square Park. The Cabana Bar serves an array of poolside bites, wines, cocktails, and bottle service to enhance your poolside experience.

South Congress Hotel

The South Congress Hotel effortlessly embodies the city's eclectic vibe with its chic rooms and suites, offering a haven for travelers and locals alike. Immerse yourself in the bustling energy of this boutique hotel, adorned with hipster and trendy decor, and discover the delights of its three unique restaurants, Maie Day, Café No Sé, and Otoko. 

As you explore the vibrant local food scene, the hotel's lobby bar and coffee + bake shop, Mañana, provides the perfect spots for a quick pick-me-up. Head up to the rooftop pool and bar, where you can relax and take in breathtaking views of the city. The friendly staff at South Congress Hotel is dedicated to ensuring your stay is unforgettable, leaving you yearning for more of the vibrant Austin lifestyle.


Adjacent to Otoko, the hotel's acclaimed Japanese omakase restaurant, is Watertrade, an intimate bar with an extensive list of specialty Japanese whiskeys, sake, and craft cocktails, all curated around ingredient seasonality. Watertrade has close proximity to condos in Rainey Street such as Milago Condos, 44 East Ave Austin, and Natiivo Austin Condos. You can savor bar bites and specialty dishes from the talented Otoko culinary team as you enjoy the cozy ambiance of Watertrade. 

Austin Proper Hotel

Austin Proper Hotel is a world-class luxury hotel that sits in the heart of Downtown's vibrant 2nd Street District, offering unparalleled access to Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, and UT campus. The hotel has 238 designed rooms and suites, a haven of sophistication and style. The top 20 floors of the tower are dedicated to the Austin Proper Residences with 10 penthouses. Experience ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation at the hotel's dedicated spa, fitness center, and rooftop pool deck, where you can soak in stunning panoramic city views. 

Savor exquisite culinary delights at Austin Proper's restaurants, including The Peacock Mediterranean Grill, serving up Israeli and Turkish-inspired cuisine, and La Piscina, a poolside hotspot offering sizzling fajitas, ceviches, and delicious Mexican fare.

Goldie’s Cocktail Bar

Goldie's is a sophisticated cocktail bar exclusively available to hotel guests and residents. This hotel bar is walkable from 360 Condominiums Austin, Austin City Lofts in Central Downtown, and The Independent Austin Condos. With a marble sunken bar and plush tweed and velvet seating, this intimate space exudes elegance, offering classic cocktails and seasonal drinks featuring locally-sourced ingredients alongside beloved classics like the martini and Pink Lady Champs-Élysées, making it a must-visit destination for an unforgettable night.

Hotel Van Zandt

Hotel Van Zandt is a luxurious yet relaxed boutique hotel that exudes a unique, rough-around-the-edges sophistication. From its beautifully-appointed accommodations to its rooftop pool, every detail has been carefully curated to provide a memorable stay. 

Indulge in delicious Texas-style cuisine, featuring the freshest ingredients, and enjoy live music from local songwriters at Geraldine's, the hotel's fourth-floor restaurant. Before heading out to Lady Bird Lake for a picnic, stop by Cafe 605 for savory sandwiches and sweet treats to take on the go. 

The Pool Deck

Immerse yourself in the flavors of Austin with their seasonal bites and delectable fare, all while enjoying the stunning views of Lady Bird Lake and basking in the sunshine at The Pool Deck. The Hotel Van Zandt is located near The Shore Condos, Vesper ATX, and 70 Rainey Condos Austin. Their bar offers an array of refreshing cocktails, made with local spirits and fresh-pressed juices, as well as a wide selection of craft brews to quench your thirst.

Hotel San José

Hotel San José stands as a testament to its vibrant past as a bustling motor court back in the 1930s. Today, this charming boutique hotel offers a tranquil escape that doubles as a hub for the community's vibrant social scene.

Its lush grounds, inviting outdoor pool, and courtyard lounge are perfect for unwinding and connecting with fellow travelers and locals alike. To add to its charm, Hotel San Jose offers convenient access to one of the trendiest coffee shops in South Austin, Jo's Coffee, featuring the iconic "I Love You So Much" mural. Come and experience the perfect blend of relaxation and community at Hotel San Jose.

The Courtyard Lounge

Hotel San Jose features an escape at the Courtyard Lounge, where guests can enjoy a selection of light bites, beer, wine, and cocktails every day. The hotel bar has close proximity to downtown Austin's luxury condos such as The Milago and the newly built condos 44 East Austin and Natiivo Austin. Indulge in a cheese board paired with their signature Michelada while basking in the tranquil oasis of the courtyard. For a unique experience, try The Lounge from their menu, a house specialty that allows you to discover the team's latest seasonal favorites.

The Carpenter Hotel

The Carpenter offers the perfect balance between city living and outdoor exploration. Guests can easily access Zilker Park, Barton Springs, and the Greenbelt, while the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trails are just a block away. The hotel's spacious open-air design invites guests to embrace the surrounding nature, while luxurious amenities such as private terraces and a swimming pool add to the overall experience.

The Carpenters Hall, an indoor and outdoor restaurant, features a menu inspired by the "New Eyes of Old Texas" concept and showcases dishes that celebrate the roots of global cuisine that have shaped Texas into the cultural hub it is today.

Carpenter Coffee Bar

The Carpenter Hotel is situated within a 10-minute drive of the Seaholm District, which is home to several downtown condos such as Spring Condos, 360 Condos, The Independent, and Austin City Lofts. During the day, guests can enjoy a cup of coffee and light snacks at The Carpenter Coffee Bar, which offers a selection of beverages made with locally-sourced ingredients. As the night falls, the bar transforms into a cocktail haven, serving up creative concoctions that perfectly capture the essence of Austin.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Hotel Saint Cecilia, a luxurious Austin boutique hotel, draws inspiration from the artistic and poetic patron saint, Saint Cecilia, as well as the vibrant era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios each offer a unique and special experience, all while embodying a love for the elegance of old-world luxury. 


Hotel Saint Cecilia, situated in South Austin, is conveniently located near several downtown condos including Milago, Natiivo Condos, and 44 East. The Lounge offers guests and exclusive members a luxurious and comfortable setting to unwind. Whether you choose to relax indoors or soak up the sun on the outdoor seating, the Lounge promises a premium experience. Enjoy an impressive cocktail selection featuring classic favorites as well as signature drinks crafted exclusively for the hotel.

Boutique Hotels in Austin, Texas

Staying at a boutique hotel near downtown Austin is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture and unique charm. These hotels offer a combination of comfort, style, and personalized service that can enhance your travel experience.

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