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People travel to Austin from all over the country to check out the live music scene, fun festivals, and creative artistic attractions. But if you happen to live in the Austin area, perhaps it’s time to plan a staycation to get to know the area a bit better and enjoy all it has to offer close to home. With a mix of top hotels, local Airbnbs, and VRBO vacation rental properties, these are some recommended staycations in Austin.
This staycation destination is a favorite spot in Lake Austin Village because it’s private and a great lake getaway that’s just 35 minutes from downtown. Come here to be in the Austin area with access to all the local attractions but also feel like you’re a world away. When you stay here, you can go kayaking, play sand volleyball, and hike to a waterfall. There’s a spa and restaurants in the neighborhood too. Families with kids often stay here and enjoy the shared hot tub and fire pit. There are two parking spaces, and pets are welcome here. In the 900-square-feet space, the house accommodates up to six people and has three bedrooms and one bath. There are also laundry machines available here for guests to use.
But if you want to be right in downtown Austin, this is a popular house rental on Airbnb that is elegant and full of character. It is filled with vintage seating, artwork, and lovely chandeliers for a sophisticated staycation in the city. When you stay here, you have easy access to food trucks, barbecue restaurants, coffee, and live music. Up to 14 guests can stay here because there are five bedrooms and two baths. Other features are a full kitchen, washer and dryer, Wi-Fi, and free parking on the premises.
For a luxury hotel staycation, consider The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel in the heart of downtown. It offers elegant accommodations and lots of amenities, including an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, laundry services, and valet parking. Onsite dining options are the Stephen F’s Bar, The Mezzanine, and Roaring Fork. There’s also a Tesla charger for electric vehicles here. King, queen, and double rooms are available for staycations, as well as one-bedroom corner suites and the spacious Governor’s Suite.
You can stay in this popular Airbnb rental house with two guests and be just four blocks from South Congress shopping and restaurants. It’s run by a “Superhost” with over 1,500 reviews to help you have an enjoyable staycation in Austin. The pool and patio are shared with the other two rental units on the property. You’ll be in the Travis Heights neighborhood and enjoy the heated pool that’s surrounded by tropical plants and landscaping. The bedroom here has a king-size bed, pillow-top mattress, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and cable TV. Other perks are the kitchenette, Wi-Fi, coffeemaker, and free parking on the premises.
If you prefer a hotel for your staycation, this Kimpton hotel is also a great choice in the Rainey Street District. The hotel has a full-service rooftop pool, live music at Geraldine’s, and yoga mats in every room. It also has a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary morning coffee and tea service, and pet-friendly rooms so you can bring your pup along. There are also custom-designed bikes that you can take out for a ride around the city. Join the wine hour nightly and grab your morning coffee at Café 605.
The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark rises 14 stories above the high-tech corridor in Austin and is a great place for a city escape. There are modern rooms and suites, as well as a spa, full-service restaurant, heated indoor/outdoor pool, and a fitness center. This is also a pet-friendly hotel so you can bring your dog or cat along for a $125 fee per room for pets up to 25 pounds. In-room fitness kits are available for guests to use, with dining options include a grille, lobby lounge, coffee shop, poolside service, and room service.
This guesthouse is available to book on Airbnb for Austin staycations with up to three people. It has one bedroom and one bath, where the hosts practice enhanced cleaning procedures. This is a fun place to be because it is just minutes from Lady Bird Lake, pets are allowed for a $25 fee, and there are complimentary bikes. It’s a highly rated tiny house on the East Side that consistently gets rave reviews from guests. The bedroom here has an en suite bathroom, queen-size bed, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and pack-n-play travel crib available. The space also has a high chair, children’s dinnerware, outside space, Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, and free parking.
A staycation of luxury can be all yours when you book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. This hotel has a saltwater pool, delicious margaritas, lawn games, lakeside trails, and rooms overlooking the lake. There’s a fitness center here that’s open 24 hours a day, poolside cocktail service, and special perks for children and pets who stay here with their families. You’ll love the lakeside setting of this hotel for your trip close to home with your family.
Staycations are also wonderful at this 1,100-square foot VRBO property that sleeps up to six people. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it’s in the Deep Eddy neighborhood. The bungalow-style home is great for a group of three couples, corporate trips, attending festivals, and romantic getaways. There are maids that follow enhanced cleaning procedures here, and no one has ever resided in the home full-time since it was completely remodeled. Children are welcome here, there’s a washer and dryer for guest laundry, and parking is also available onsite.
The Hyatt Place Austin Downtown offers an Austin staycation experience filled with free breakfast, free internet, a pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant. There are stylish rooms with high-tech features and very comfortable beds. Meanwhile, the convention center and 6th Street are close by for guests’ convenience. There’s a bar onsite that serves coffee and alcoholic beverages at night.
You’ll be right next to the iconic Austin City Limits venue when you stay at W Austin for your next Texas staycation. The W Austin has an onsite restaurant serving locally sourced ingredients and luxury suites with views of the lake or downtown. Room service is available, and there’s a great pool with cabana rentals available too. The AWAY Spa is onsite to help you relax on your getaway and make yourself feel amazing with a massage, waxing, manicure, pedicure, or other body treatment. People love staying here to be close to the live music action in Austin and to feel the pulse of the city.
You’ll be just a block from the 6th Street entertainment district and adjacent to the convention center when you stay at the Hilton Austin. This hotel staycation offers a lap pool, whirlpool, and sundeck on the eighth floor overlooking the city. It also has a spa, sauna, steam room, and fitness center. The Cannon + Belle restaurant and bar are onsite to serve guests, while 24-hour room service is also available. Pets are allowed here up to 75 pounds for a $50 fee. This is also a popular local option for weddings and other special events.