Proof That Iceland's Ring Road Is the World's Most Beautiful Road Trip
1. Omni700 San Jacinto, Austin
2. Hotel San Jose1316 S Congress Ave, Austin
3. The W Hotel200 Lavaca St, Austin
4. Kimber Modern110 The Circle, Austin
5. Firehouse Hostel & Lounge605 Brazos St, Austin
6. The Wild West CompoundWillow St, Austin
7. Hotel Saint Cecilia112 Academy Dr, Austin
8. The Driskill604 Brazos St, Austin
Lauded in 2012 by J.D. Power and Associates for having the "Highest in Hotel Guest Satisfaction Among Upper-Upscale Hotel Chains", the Omni is a downtown behemoth with nearly 400 rooms and a heated rooftop pool.
A former 1930s motor lodge, Hotel San Jose is now one of the hippest bars and music venues in SoCo. Its minimalistic rooms feature tribal fabrics, handmade decor, and minibars. Larger rooms have patio seating, while suites have access to outdoor porches or gardens. The leafy courtyard bar and lounge has a wading pool and the occasional live music.
Just a few blocks from the mansion where another famous W rested his head as governor, the W's Austin branch has helped define the downtown 2nd St District, serving as a magnet for more youthful out-of-towners. Their WET Bar offers poolside sips and its Living Room Bar and TRACE has a menu that is updated frequently with new cocktails.
Built from the ground up rather than by some reverse anti-gravity construction method, the Kimber Modern is a totally custom, meticulously designed marvel of modernism close enough to walk to South Congress locales like the Continental Club, but far enough off the main street that Dale Watson won't keep you up all night.
For a lodging option within stumbling distance of Dirty 6th that won't judge you for said stumbling, check out Firehouse Hostel: a wallet-friendly downtown abode built in the longest standing firehouse in Austin, constructed in 1885 just one year before the neighboring Driskill.
Known for hosting ridiculous private SXSW parties featuring the likes of Diplo, this three-house compound is the perfect pace to bed down for a bonkers bachelor party, as it's a short bike ride from downtown, just the right blend of weird & huge, and not at all unaccustomed to rowdy entertainment, as evidenced by said SXSW party featuring Diplo.
Envisioned by the same woman behind Hotel San Jose, St. Cecilia is named after the patron saint of music and poetry, and encapsulates the aura of the larger-than-life musicians that defined what it meant to be cool in the '60s and '70s.