With thousands of visitors ushered into town for festival season each year, itCs no wonder that Austin has one of the strongest hotel markets in the nation. Among the newest options are Aloft and Element Austin Downtown. Opened in July, the two distinctly styled hotels under one roof let visitors choose a lodging that caters to their lifestyle. At Element, eco-friendly touches such as energy-eJficient appliances and fi\tures, a breaOJast bar and spaliOe bathrooms re¾ect the cityCs sustainable interests and active soul. On the other hand, AloftCs accommodations in the Sixth Street Entertainment District are open-concept and urban by nature, with 9-foot-high ceilings and tech-savvy features. 109 E. Seventh St., aloftandelementhotels.com/austin.html –Hannah Morrow
Aloft Austin Downtown offers an urban-style lodging option in the dual-concept hotel space.