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Where to stay in Austin

Exploring Austin

The capital city of oil-rich Texas, Austin lies in the state’s hilly central region and is renowned for its music, technology and food scenes as well as its embracing of alternative cultures. Home to close on a million residents, its vast choice of venues and innovative tech companies have resulting in its being nicknamed both the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ and ‘Silicon Hills’. From its downtown, high-rise CBD to its university district, North Central Chinatown quarter, entertainment-focused East Austin, lakeside Northwest Austin and riverside Austin South, its diversity and culture ensure an interesting stay.

Austin residents love a celebration, partying at local and city-wide festivals throughout the year, and eleven theatre companies entertain with everything from straight plays to alternative offerings through dance, musicals, rep and multi-media performances.


Accommodations in Austin

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Austin is the Heywood Hotel, which has been booked 5 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Locale 2nd Street in Austin as it has been reserved 5 times.


Sightseeing in Austin

- Downtown


North of the Colorado River, along Congress Avenue, downtown Austin sizzles with Sixth Street’s lively clubs and bars. Elegant Southwestern restaurants and down-home cafés, folk- art shops and funky boutiques add to the mix. West of Congress Avenue, the Warehouse District has a more sophisticated scene, with stylish restaurants, clubs and boutiques. Immerse yourself in Texas history at LBJ Library Museum and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Each contains historic collections and engaging interactive displays.


- North Central Austin


North of downtown, above the State Capitol, north central Austin's main attraction is the University of Texas campus. Bustling university life is most prevalent on Guadalupe Street. Students browse boutiques or the trinkets and T-shirts of Renaissance Market. A few blocks north of the campus, low-key Hyde Park's peaceful streets of elegant 19th-century Victorian and American Arts and Crafts-style homes peek out from behind the trees. Kids can marvel at the giant Texas pterosaur at the Texas Memorial Museum. A mix of restaurants line Duval Street, including city favorite Hyde Park Grill.


Transportation in Austin

Driving in Austin is fine for those used to big-city roads, although the city’s public transport systems make getting around straightforward and inexpensive. The Capital Metro bus network offers downtown routes, connections between the districts and express bus services as well as a weekday, limited-route commuter rail service linking the downtown core with North Austin. Night Owl buses serve the popular entertainment districts until very late.


Austin travel guides

Austin Travel Guides