Downtown Austin Luxury Hotels

by Ginger Yapp

The downtown area of Austin, Texas, has earned the city the well-deserved reputation as "Live Music Capital of the World." The city's downtown area is home to more than 200 live music venues, as well as the University of Texas at Austin, the Capitol building and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Downtown Austin is also populated by a number of fine, luxurious hotels situated conveniently in the midst of the hustle and bustle.

The Driskill Hotel

The Driskell Hotel -- in operation since 1886 -- is a certifiable Texas landmark, as a member of the Historic Hotels of America and Luxury Hotels International. The pet-friendly hotel was remodeled to restore the hotel's original look and feel; all 189 guest rooms feature historical artwork, fully stocked minibars and complimentary imported English toiletries. All guests can access the hotel's massage and fitness center. The Driskell is located a block away from Austin's legendary 6th Street, the city's well-known center of arts and music.

Four Seasons Austin

The Four Seasons Austin, erected in 1987, is a five-star hotel located on the banks of downtown Austin's Lady Bird Lake. The 291 rooms at the Four Seasons come with sophisticated furnishings, wireless Internet access and views of the Austin skyline or Lady Bird Lake. The hotel is home to the Spa at Four Seasons -- a full-service facility including steam rooms, a nail salon and massage rooms -- as well as a lakeside outdoor saltwater pool and a fitness center. The hotel also has its own posh, in-house restaurant, TRIO, which serves steak, seafood and fine wine.

Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin

The Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin is located in downtown Austin in close proximity to the University of Texas, several world-class golf courses and . This luxury hotel was rated an AAA four-diamond establishment, and has 189 spacious, luxurious rooms. All the rooms feature dark wood, marble bath tubs, sitting rooms and a mini-bar. The Intercontinental also offers a beautiful, indoor tiled pool, a full-service spa, a health club and a large hot tub. As far as dining options go, the hotel has an in-house restaurant, Stephen F.'s Bar and Terrace, which serves appetizers and cocktails and offers a view of the Capitol building.

Mansion at Judge's Hill

The Mansion at Judge's Hill is a historical downtown hotel with a colorful past: the grandiose facility -- built by a prominent Austin family in 1900 -- served as student housing as well as a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation clinic. Real estate developer Bill Gurasich turned the building into the hotel in 2003. Today, the Mansion at Judge's Hill features 10 distinct and stylish rooms and suites that feature amenities like sitting rooms, patios, antiques and historic architecture. The hotel offers spa services to its guests, as well as an on-site restaurant -- Judge's Hill Restaurant & Bar -- that serves American fare prepared by the hotel's in-house chef.