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.
The W is at the core of downtown, joined to the famed ACL Live at the Moody Theater, in case you’re going to one of the off-Zilker gigs. Rooms here are bold with a touch of disco heaven, and if you’re traveling with pals then we suggest one of their humongous two-bedroom suites that are perfect for sharing (and celebrating in). Don’t miss the W’s famous drag brunches downstairs at TRACE, their sultry vinyl-clad bar, or the rooftop pool, which seems to always have a party on during festival times.
Rooms start at around $230
With a DJ thumping EDM, margaritas ordered by the pitcher, and a plethora of ladies accenting their swimwear with high heels, the WET Deck (aka pool at the W Austin hotel) is as close as you’ll get to a Vegas-style pool party in the Lone Star state. This is not the place to spend a relaxing day reading a book and napping by the water; however, it is the place to show off how your twerking skills remain on point even when your body is submerged. Every weekend, the legendary daytime parties are always packed—and might just give you flashbacks to the time you went to a Tiësto concert. In the high-energy atmosphere of the WET Deck, those seeking summer romance may find some much needed relief from the Tinder scene—people are there to mingle, which makes it a great opportunity to flirt with strangers IRL (remember that?) in minimal clothing. So, you’ll most likely want to dress to impress—and be sure to hydrate beforehand, cause your outfit won't be the only thing going all out.