Hotels Near the State Capital in Austin, Texas

by Christine Switzer

Completed in 1888, the Texas Capitol ranks as the largest state capitol in the United States. The Renaissance Revival-style building extends more than 300 feet in height and stretches over three acres, surrounded by inviting walking paths and park-like greens. Hotels situated near the state capital are often walking distance or a short drive from other downtown Austin attractions.

La Quinta Inn-Capitol

The La Quinta Inn-Austin Capitol offers affordable and convenient lodging less than a quarter of a mile from the Texas Capitol. Take a dip in the pool or work up a sweat in the fitness center before sitting down to a hearty complementary Bright Side Breakfast. Guest rooms have warm-hued décor with tasteful furnishings, and amenities include free high-speed Internet and free local calls. Due to its location, the hotel does not offer free parking or have an on-site restaurant. The hotel is pet-friendly, so bring the family dog along when staying here.

Doubletree Guest Suites Austin

The AAA three-diamond Doubletree Guest Suites Austin provides comfortable, family-friendly accommodations half a mile northeast of the Texas Capitol. A favorite of winter legislative lobbyists, the hotel has spacious guest rooms. Many of them have fully-equipped kitchens, foldout sofas and tidy balconies overlooking the Capitol. After a full day of sightseeing, relax under the stars in the hotel’s outdoor heated pool, enjoy dinner at the 15th Street Café or cozy up with drinks at the 15th Street Lounge.

Sheraton Austin Hotel

The newly remodeled Sheraton Austin boasts striking views of downtown Austin and a convenient ½-mile walk or drive from the Texas Capitol. Sleek décor and a warm color palette serve to create an inviting, energetic ambiance. Amenities include complimentary breakfasts, 24-hour fitness facilities, and both indoor and outdoor pools. After wandering around central Austin, take a rickshaw or taxi back to the hotel and savor Southwestern cuisine at the on-site Landmark Restaurant.

Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

The Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel serves as an elegant, understated lodging option only ½ mile from the Capitol. The hotel bears the name of the state’s founder, Stephen Fuller Austin, and affords stunning views of the nearby Capital. Guest suites feature dark wood furnishings complimented by muted earth tones, as well as wet bars, marble baths, French doors and expansive city views. Take a break from exploring with a signature wine, cheese and chocolate trio at Stephen F’s Bar and Terrace.

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown offers luxurious lodging close to the Austin Convention Center, the 6th Street Entertainment District and the Texas Capitol. The hotel has elegantly appointed suites and stunning city views, as well as a breathtaking atrium and tempting rooftop pool and Jacuzzi. Linger over Southwestern cuisine, such as smoked chicken quesadilla and blackened fish tacos, at the on-site restaurant Ancho’s. Then take off for a tour of downtown Austin in a horse-drawn carriage.


About the Author

Christine Switzer has been a freelance writer since 2007. She contributes to travel and regional periodicals such as "Georgetown View" and "Burlington the Beautiful" and she enjoys writing on travel, lifestyle and the workplace. Switzer holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in English and has taught university courses in communication, public speaking and journalism.