HO­TELS

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ARCHER HO­TEL

The new eight-story Archer Ho­tel Austin of­fers 171 lux­ury rooms in the heart of the new Do­main North­side. For a true lo­cal touch, es­teemed Austin chef David Bull and La

Cor­sha Hos­pi­tal­ity Group chose the Archer for the sec­ond lo­ca­tion of pop­u­lar down­town res­tau­rant

Sec­ond Bar + Kitchen. Thought­ful touches in­clude lo­cally made sur­prise treats at turn­down ser­vice such as Crave Ar­ti­san Choco­late and Fat Bel­ly­man chego-chilipret­zels, and an in­room Ne­spresso ma­chine for espresso any­time you wish. 3121 Palm Way, 855-437-9100; archer­ho­tel/austin.com

UP­DATED THE AUSTIN MO­TEL

Fa­vorite Austin hote­lier Liz

Lam­bert’s Bunkhouse Group re­cently com­pleted a light makeover of this lo­cal land­mark, which it now man­ages. Opened in 1938, the South Congress main­stay still has its eclec­tic charm but now fea­tures re­freshed gue­strooms as well as a new pool bar and deck around the 1950s-style out­door pool. 1220 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-1157; austin­mo­tel.com

AT&T CON­FER­ENCE CEN­TER

En­joy a chic stay at the AT&T Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion and Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, nes­tled be­tween the Univer­sity of Texas Tower and the State Capi­tol. Don’t miss the el­e­gant Car­il­lon Res­tau­rant. 1900 Univer­sity Ave., 512-404-3600; mee­tat­texas.com

THE DRISKILL

Ex­pe­ri­ence a blend of time­less charm and modern so­phis­ti­ca­tion in this 131-year-old prop­erty on Sixth Street. The rooms and much of the ho­tel were re­cently up­dated with modern touches while still main­tain­ing a rich sense of his­tory. 604 Bra­zos St., 512-439-1234; driskill­ho­tel.com

FOUR SEA­SONS HO­TEL

On the shores of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Sea­sons is the clas­sic, grand Austin ho­tel. With re­cently ren­o­vated ball­rooms and other up­dates, the ho­tel is the premier spot for wed­dings, galas, and more. Its res­tau­rant, Trio, is a pure de­light. IN­SIDER TIP: Ev­ery Wed­nes­day,

Trio of­fers its “Boug.e Burg­ers & Bot­tles” event, where you choose from three burg­ers, each paired with a se­lec­tion of pours of Bur­gundy, Bordeaux, and other big wines. 98 San Jac­into Blvd., 512-478-4500; foursea­sons.com/austin

HO­TEL ELLA

With his­tory dat­ing back to the late 1800s, this his­toric ren­o­vated ho­tel, com­plete with a sweep­ing ve­randa and lawn by the Univer­sity of Texas, of­fers 47 guest rooms, 10 of which are suites. IN­SIDER TIP: The ho­tel’s Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar is an un­der-the-radar spot for in­ti­mate happy hours; the Old Fash­ioned is one of the best in town. 1900 Rio Grande St., 800-311-1619; hotelella.com

HO­TEL GRANDUCA

This beau­ti­ful ho­tel in the West Austin

hills re­calls the Ital­ian coun­try­side. Like its sis­ter ho­tel in Hous­ton, ev­ery de­tail has been con­sid­ered and eas­ily trans­ports you to another world. Vis­conti Ris­torante, which fea­tures North­ern Ital­ian cui­sine, drives the feel­ing home. IN­SIDER TIP: On Thurs­days, en­joy happy hour Ital­ian style, with themed live mu­sic, cock­tails, and re­gional bites. 320 S. Cap­i­tal of Texas Hwy., Bldg. B, 512-306-6400; gran­d­u­caaustin.com

HO­TEL SAINT CE­CILIA

Named af­ter the pa­tron saint of mu­sic and the arts, this bou­tique ho­tel com­bines ele­gance with rock ’n’ roll. Choose one of the in­dul­gent suites, stu­dios, or pool­side bun­ga­lows. The well-ap­pointed bar and pa­tio are for guests only, mak­ing for a truly pri­vate es­cape. 112 Academy Dr., 512-8522400; ho­tel­saintce­cilia.com

HO­TEL SAN JOSÉ

Nes­tled among the shops and restau­rants on South Congress, this cool bou­tique ho­tel (the older sis­ter to the Saint Ce­cilia) fea­tures a pa­tio per­fect for happy hour or a night­cap. 1316 S. Congress Ave., 512-8522350; san­jose­ho­tel.com

HO­TEL VAN ZANDT

En­joy mu­sic in all its forms at this bustling Rainey Street District ho­tel, which fea­tures 319 guest rooms, in­clud­ing 41 suites, and a fourth-floor pool deck. Its res­tau­rant and bar, Geral­dine’s, fea­tures live mu­sic ev­ery night. IN­SIDER TIP: There are playlists de­signed for each area of the ho­tel, in­clud­ing un­der­wa­ter, so take a dip in the pool for some­thing truly unique. 605 Davis St., 512-5425300; hotel­van­zandt.com

IN­TERCON­TI­NEN­TAL STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

This gem fea­tures an out­door ter­race on its sec­ond floor, per­fect for watch­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of Congress Av­enue down­town. 701 Congress Ave., 512-457-8800; austin. in­tercon­ti­nen­tal.com

JW MAR­RIOTT

The largest JW Mar­riott in the coun­try,

this down­town prop­erty fea­tures 1,012 guest rooms con­ve­niently lo­cated just two blocks from the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Its restau­rants and bars are al­ways a fun scene. 110 E. Sec­ond St., 512-474-4777; jw­mar­riot­taustin.com

SOUTH CONGRESS HO­TEL

This hip ho­tel fea­tures cool din­ing and shop­ping op­tions as well as a rooftop pool. Fun ameni­ties in­clude elec­tric bike and mo­tor­cy­cle rentals, and each room comes equipped with Ap­ple TVs and Google Chrome­casts, with ac­cess to the movie li­brary of Draft­house Films (cour­tesy of Austin’s Alamo Draft­house movie the­aters). 1603 S. Congress Ave., 512-920-6405; south­con­gresshotel.com

THE HY­ATT RE­GENCY LOST PINES RE­SORT AND SPA

Lo­cated just out­side of Austin on the McKin­ney Roughs Na­ture Park, the 491-room Hy­att Re­gency Lost Pines Re­sort and Spa of­fers the per­fect combo of lux­ury and fam­ily fun, with ev­ery­thing from from kayak­ing and horse­back rid­ing to fish­ing,

golf­ing at the 18-hole championship Wolf­dancer Golf Club, and in­dulging at the full-ser­vice Spa Django. The Crooked River Wa­ter Park, com­plete with a lazy river, of­fers an ideal es­cape from the Texas heat. 575 Hy­att Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek, 512-308-1234; lost­pines.re­gency.hy­att.com

W AUSTIN

The 2nd Street District’s W Ho­tel puts guests in the thick of the sizzling mu­sic scene. Its pop­u­lar Wet Deck is the per­fect place to lounge in the sun. 200 Lavaca St., 512-542-3600; whote­laustin.com

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