The Ritz Hotel in Austin Texas

Built in 1886, the Driskill Hotel is a downtown Austin landmark.Built in 1886, the Driskill Hotel is a downtown Austin landmark.

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There are over 200 hotels in the Austin, Texas area. Prices range from $33+ a night for Motel 6 and Howard Johnson to $190-$300+ for luxurious hotels such as the Saint Cecilia and the Driskill.

Austin Chain Hotels

Chain hotels in Austin range from the luxurious to the basic. The Four Seasons Hotel offers wonderful luxury near many of Austin’s premier attractions. Children are offered welcome packages which include a cute stuffed longhorn steer; child size bathrobes are provided. Rooms and suites start at $379 per night.

Most of the chain motels/hotels in Austin, Texas have a reputation for being clean and safe, if not the Ritz. There are several Motel 6’s in the area, along with Howard Johnson, Days Inn, Red Roof and Travelodge. There are many La Quinta’s and several other chains.

Courtyard Austin North/Parmer Lane is a newer building with rooms averaging $85+ a night. The service is reported to be good, but it is close to traffic and may be a little noisy for some.

Hampton Inn & Suites in the Cedar Park/Lakeline area is reported to be an excellent value for the money. Rooms average $94+ per night.

The Westin Austin at the Domain is a fairly new hotel in the midst of the popular Domain shopping mall. Service is reported to be excellent and rooms average $141+ per night.

Unique Austin Hotels

If you are looking for lodging a bit out of the ordinary, Austin can certainly provide it. The charming Hotel San Jose on South Congress Avenue is conveniently located near many shops and interesting sights. Rooms at the San Jose average $75+ per night and the service is reported to be great.

Habitat Suites Hotel in north central Austin offers two bedroom/two bath suites with a kitchen; one bedroom is upstairs. Suites here average $101+ per night. This hotel prides itself on its environmentally friendly practices.

Barton Creek Resort and Spa offers a beautiful golf course, fabulous spa, and wonderful views of the Hill Country. Rooms start at $148 per night.

The W Austin on Lavaca Street is a fabulous modern highrise hotel. Service is reported to be excellent. Rooms start at $245 per night.

The Mansion at Judge’s Hill is a gracious older mansion. Service is reported to be good, although some guests report a few maintenance problems. Rooms start at $168 per night.

No report on Austin, Texas hotels would be complete without mentioning the historic Driskill. Opened in 1886 by cattle baron Jesse Driskill, the Driskill was the first luxury hotel in Austin. Today, the Driskill continues to serve guests with 189 gorgeous suites and two first class restaurants as well as variety of amenities, including bike rental at the hotel. The Driskill is located on the famous, fabulous 6th Street.

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  • Ernest Othmer Thompson (March 24, 1892 – June 28, 1966) was a general in the United States Army during World War I, a mayor of Amarillo, Texas, an attorney, a businessman (hotels, office buildings, and oil), and a 32-year member of the Texas Railroad Commission. He was recognized as a world authority on petroleum and natural gas production and...
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