Hotels in Austin Near the Capitol

by Mary Freeman

Since Texas' capitol building is located in downtown Austin, it is near the area with the highest concentration of attractions and hotels in the city. The neighborhood offers options for budget-conscious and discerning travelers alike. A cluster of hotels is within easy walking distance of the capitol. Fans of Southwestern food may enjoy the popularity of the cuisine among the area's hotel restaurants.

La Quinta

The four-floor La Quinta has 151 rooms and eight suites that offer standard hotel accommodation. Each morning, guests can pick up a complimentary "Bright Side Breakfast." Public transportation, via Capitol Metro Buses and Dillo trolleys, can be accessed across from the hotel. The hotel only offers valet parking, available for an overnight or day-only fee. La Quinta has two meeting rooms with a total of 1,364 square feet of event space. The hotel is on 11th Street, two blocks east of the Texas State Capitol Complex.

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Guests at the Sheraton can choose between standard rooms or Sheraton Club guest rooms, which have upgraded amenities and are on their own floor. High-speed Internet is available in guest rooms for an additional fee. The Landmark Restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating, serves Southwestern cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel has an indoor and an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness facility, and lounge. The Sheraton is on 11th Street, near Interstate 35.

DoubleTree Guest Suites Austin

Families or large groups may be interested in the three-star DoubleTree Guest Suites, which features one- or two-bedroom suites. The hotel's on-site restaurant, the 15th Street Lounge and Café, offers casual American dining and has a full breakfast buffet each morning. The hotel allows pets under 50 lbs. for a non-refundable fee. Closer to downtown than the capitol, the DoubleTree is still less than half-a-mile from the complex on 15th Street.

InterContinental Stephen F Austin

The InterContinental offers three classes of rooms: deluxe, club and suites. Decorative carved accents and dark wood furnishings contrast the earth tone draperies found in guest rooms. The hotel's Stephen F Bar and Terrace has a Texas-style decor with overstuffed chairs, cowhide barstools, and a mounted longhorn over a hand-tooled leather bar. The Roaring Fork, an American Western bistro, is on the lobby floor. The hotel has a heated lap pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness center.

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

The 375-room Omni Austin Hotel offers a range of room options with 292 guest rooms, 46 club rooms, 18 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom suites. Guests can enjoy the in-room LodgeNet System, which provides on-demand movies and Nintendo 64 games. Under the Omni's glass atrium are the hotel's restaurant, Ancho's, which serves Southwestern cuisine, and a lounge and café. Omni's full-service spa offers Swedish and deep tissue massages as well as body treatment packages. Guests can request the Get Fit Kit, an in-room exercise kit, at the front desk. The hotel also has a heated rooftop swimming pool and whirlpool.

The Driskill

Built in 1886, The Driskill Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Associated Luxury Hotels International. All of the hotel's 189 rooms sport a historic look, furnished with antiques; guest rooms come with balconies, high ceilings and woodwork. The hotel has a Pampered Pet program, where pets get their own bed, dishes, bottled spring water, pet treats from the hotel bakery, souvenir pet toys, leashes and collars. Guests receive a map of pet-friendly attractions in the downtown area. The hotel's four-diamond restaurant serves American cuisine and earned the title "Austin's Best New American Cuisine" in Zagat's 2007 survey.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.