Must-see hotels in Central Texas

  • Hotel Emma

    San Antonio

    Is steampunk-glam a thing? Going by this showcase hotel, originally a 19th-century brewhouse and now the centerpiece of the Pearl District, it most…

  • King William Manor

    San Antonio

    In a neighborhood known for beautiful old houses and B&Bs, this grand, Greek Revival mansion occupying a large corner lot still manages to stand out…

  • Hotel Van Zandt

    Austin

    Named for Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, this Kimpton-run property impresses with the details. Touches like the French horn chandelier above…

  • Hotel San José

    Austin

    This 1930s-vintage motel has been revamped by celebrated local hotelier Liz Lambert to create a chic SoCo retreat. Stucco bungalows hold minimalist,…

  • The Driskill

    Austin

    Every city needs a beautiful historic hotel, ideally made from native stone and built by a 19th-century cattle baron. Although this one is now owned by…

  • City View Inn & Suites at Sunset Station

    San Antonio

    Just beyond I-37, a mile east of the Alamo and just two blocks from the Amtrak station, this skinny little three-story building is full of clean, modern…

  • Gruene Mansion Inn

    San Antonio & Hill Country

    This cluster of buildings is practically its own village, with rooms in the mansion, a former carriage house and the old barns. Richly decorated in a…

  • Ogé House

    San Antonio

    Ogé Inn epitomizes the antebellum southern mansion: expansive, gazebo-graced grounds slope down to the riverfront, ancient pecan trees shade the lawns and…

  • South Congress Hotel

    Austin

    Austinites take their staycations at this boutique hotel, a smallish property that somehow squeezes four eateries, two bars, several shops and a pool into…

  • Ye Kendall Inn

    Hill Country

    A National Historic Landmark dating from 1859, this is the nicest place to stay in Boerne. The creekside main house is made of hand-cut limestone and…

  • Hill Country Casitas

    Hill Country

    The 10 casitas at this new hillside lodging 8 miles north of Dripping Springs make a stylish but comfortable base camp for exploring Austin and the Hill…

  • Austin Motel

    Austin

    Liz Lambert's Bunkhouse Group recently purchased this budget favorite, long known for its 'garage-sale chic' and wonderfully funky appeal. At press time,…

  • Best Western Plus – Austin City

    Austin

    Our favorite detail? The Texas-shaped waffles at the breakfast spread. Bordering I-35, south of Lady Bird Lake, this recently renovated Best Western is…

  • Habitat Suites

    Austin

    Locally owned and eco-friendly, this quiet place is tucked away just north of downtown, away from the hustle and bustle. The furnishings may be slightly…

  • Hangar Hotel

    Hill Country

    If you didn't know better, you'd think this rounded, barnlike structure right on the tarmac of the Gillespie County Airport was a converted hangar from…

  • Firehouse Hostel

    Austin

    Set in a former firehouse, right across from the historic Driskill hotel in downtown Austin, this spiffy hostel has been open since 2013 but feels as…

  • Lone Star Court

    Austin

    This stylish hotel, 9 miles north of downtown, exudes cowboy cool. Spacious rooms feature barn-style doors and retro refrigerators stocked with local…

  • Menger Hotel

    San Antonio

    Built next to the Alamo just 23 years after the famous battle, this historic hotel has hosted Oscar Wilde, Mae West and Teddy Roosevelt; at night, you…

  • Cotton Gin Village

    Hill Country

    Rustic on the outside, posh on the inside. Oh yes, we like it here. Just south of town, this cluster of stone-and-timber cabins offers vacationers a…

  • Rose Hill Manor

    Hill Country

    This exquisite B&B offers top-notch accommodation, with beautifully appointed suites and cottages. A three-course hot breakfast is served. If you like…

  • Hotel St Cecilia

    Austin

    The hustle and bustle of South Congress melts away the moment you cross over onto the serene lawn graced by a 300-year-old live oak. Choose from a suite…

  • Omni La Mansion del Rio

    San Antonio

    This fabulous downtown property was born out of 19th-century religious school buildings in the Spanish-Mexican hacienda style. Set beside the River Walk,…

  • Riverwalk Vista

    San Antonio

    Soaring ceilings with enormous windows, exposed brick walls, crisp, white bedding – this is simplicity done right. And just because the decor is simple…

  • Crockett Hotel

    San Antonio

    No wonder pictures of the Alamo are always tightly cropped: pull back and you can see the Crockett's sign hovering just behind the fort. (In Texas, they…

  • Hotel Flora and Fauna

    Hill Country

    The wildlife mural adorning the front privacy wall will pull you in for a closer look, but the gracious service, inviting courtyard and stylish rooms –…

  • Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

    Hill Country

    Tops in the midpriced-motel category, this two-story place, within walking distance of Main St, was cleverly built to resemble the historic house that it…

  • Sunset Inn & Suites

    Hill Country

    This old-fashioned and rather charming family-run motor court, a mile south of downtown on the highway toward Kerrville, offers unbeatable value. The…

  • Mokara Hotel & Spa

    San Antonio

    If you really want to go all out, this luxurious hotel (formerly the Watermark) is a good place to get pampered, with top-of-the-line amenities and an on…

  • Lake Austin Spa Resort

    Central Texas

    The premier place to relax and be pampered in Texas; rates may seem high, but include all meals. Rooms are individually decorated to differing tastes, but…

  • Emily Morgan Hotel

    San Antonio

    The name may sound as though this historic hotel, right behind the Alamo and now run by Hilton, will be awash in floral prints and lace runners, but it’s…

  • Heywood Hotel

    East Austin

    The first boutique hotel in East Austin, the Heywood is a seven-room gem that puts equal emphasis on design and comfort. The contemporary furnishings…

  • Lakeway Resort & Spa

    Central Texas

    Texan families have been towing their boats to Lakeway for over 50 years. They still come to use the marina and boat on Lake Travis, but a 21st-century…

  • Hotel Ella

    Austin

    With its wraparound porch, Corinthian columns and commanding perch on Judge's Hill, this stately building is hands-down the most photogenic inn in town…

  • Westin La Cantera Resort

    San Antonio

    Standard rooms are elegant but on the small side, so you'll enjoy this resort most if you're willing to get out and take advantage of the five pools,…

  • Hotel Havana

    San Antonio

    Texas design guru and hotelier Liz Lambert has turned her sights on revamping a few lucky properties such as this one, judiciously adding eclectic touches…

  • HI – Austin

    Austin

    Just 2.5 miles from downtown, this 47-bed hostel is located on a shady street right on the shore of Lady Bird Lake. Two-story views of the water from the…

  • Fredericksburg Herb Farm

    Hill Country

    In a lushly landscaped setting on the west side of town, these comfy flower-trimmed cottages make for a peaceful getaway – particularly if you add a spa…

  • El Tropicano Hotel

    San Antonio

    At El Tropicano, the retro-tropical vibe is a little old-school Vegas, a little Miami Beach – the only thing missing is the tiki bar. But even though this…

  • Kimber Modern

    Austin

    Staying in one of the seven rooms at the architecturally adept Kimber is like staying in a minimalist art museum, with lots of white space accented by…