Last Updated December 17, 2020 12/17/2020

15 Best Staycations Spots in Austin

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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.

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Family Staycation Paradise at Lake Austin Waterfront
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Living space in Family Staycation Paradise

Family Staycation Paradise at Lake Austin Waterfront

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.

Historic Manor in Downtown Austin
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Historic Manor in Downtown Austin

Historic Manor in Downtown Austin

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.

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
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The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

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.

Heated Pool at a Luxury SoCo Retreat
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Take in a Dip in the Heated Pool at a Luxury SoCo Retreat

Heated Pool at a Luxury SoCo Retreat

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.

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

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.

La Villa Vista
La Villa Vista

La Villa Vista

La Villa Vista is a bed and breakfast in Austin that also makes an excellent place for a staycation. It’s about 20 minutes from downtown Austin and 30 minutes from the airport. This is a great place to rent a vacation home for a romantic getaway on Lake Travis. It has a negative-edge pool, waterfalls, and lovely sunsets over the lake to put your mind at ease. It’s a popular spot for weddings and has new safety practices to help you be as healthy as possible while staying here. Each suite at La Villa Vista is unique, so you can choose the Milan, Tuscany, Serengeti, Penthouse, or Himalaya suite.

Backyard Cottage in Central Austin
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Escape to this backyard cottage in Central Austin.

Backyard Cottage in Central Austin

You can also stay at this backyard cottage apartment in Central Austin for your staycation and have complete privacy because it’s accessible with a gate on the side of the yard. The space is in the backyard of the host’s property and ideal for two people with one bedroom and one bathroom. There is a large desk for working remotely, Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker here. Air conditioning and heat are available too at this home that’s in the French Place section of the eclectic Cherrywood neighborhood. For more space inside, the Murphy bed folds up. Easy street parking is available, and it’s just two blocks from restaurants, stores, and coffee shops.

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark

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.

Tiny House in the Heart of the East Side
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Stay in a tiny house in East Austin.

Tiny House in the Heart of the East Side

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.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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.

Safe Private Sanctuary for the Ideal Austin Staycation
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Safe Private Sanctuary for the Ideal Austin Staycation

Safe Private Sanctuary for the Ideal Austin Staycation

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.

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
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Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

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.

Perfect Getaway - Quiet, But Close to Everything
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Outside of Perfect Getaway - Quiet, But Close To Everything

Perfect Getaway - Quiet, But Close to Everything

Another great VRBO property for your Austin staycation is this 196-square-foot studio that sleeps two people. It’s a stand-alone tiny house with a kitchenette that has a fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and toaster. Guests sleep on the fold-down Murphy bed and enjoy the front porch. There’s a bathroom with a shower inside, as well as a small fold-down leaf table and chairs for enjoying meals. From here, you can walk to South 1st Street and South Congress. It’s also a mile from Lady Bird Lake. Pets may stay here, there’s free parking, and Wi-Fi is free too.

W Austin
W Austin

W Austin

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.

Hilton Austin
Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin

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.

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