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Play and Stay at These South Congress Hotels

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One of the first steps in planning a vacation (or staycation) is finding a hotel. Where you stay can really make or break the experience, and we want to help you find the spot that matches your vibe and helps you relax and enjoy yourself!

This guide features South Congress hotels you need to visit next time you’re looking to get away from the house for a few days. Each of these options features one of a kind experiences that will leave you wishing you never had to leave!

This boutique hotel is a contemporary low-rise set in the historic Travis Heights neighborhood, setting it in a convenient location to easily get to Austin hotspots like Zilker Botanical Garden and the Blanton Museum of Art. A place for travelers and locals alike, South Congress Hotel has three unique restaurants, a coffee and bake shop, a rooftop pool, a lobby bar, and two retail shops.

The chic rooms feature minibars, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, and a gorgeous view of the city or courtyard. Plus, South Congress Hotel is pet friendly, so your furry friends can vacation with you! All of these features and more make this one of the best South Congress hotels.

📍1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Looking for some chill vibes with some one-of-a-kind local art? Colton House is your spot! This luxury and funky hotel offers family-friendly accommodations as well as chic spaces for business meetings. Whether you’re coming to Austin for the first time, or just looking for a fun staycation,  The Colton House is sure to offer you an authentic Austin experience while allowing you to feel right at home.  

There are 80 large custom suites, in addition to several spaces for families, business travelers, and solo explorers. Located right in the middle of South Congress, you won’t miss a beat of the true Austin experience. 

📍2510 S Congress Ave Austin, TX 78704

Hotel San Jose is set in a revamped 1930s motor lodge located near buzzy bars and music venues and has an effortlessly cool vibe and style. With bungalow-style accommodations and a hip crowd, Hotel San Jose will quickly make you feel like a superstar. Plus, the hotel is just two miles from the Texas Capitol building, making it a convenient spot for anyone needing to do business downtown. 

The rooms are concrete-floored and feature ethnic fabrics and handmade furniture as well as free WiFi, TVs, and mini bars. The hotel’s courtyard offers a bar with light snacks, occasional DJs and jazz music, and a wading pool, so you can vacation in style!

📍1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Historic and quirky Austin Motel dates back to 1938 and sits just south of the Colorado River and downtown with a view of the State Capitol. This motel has been a long-time favorite for Austinites and visitors alike, as it is surrounded by some of the city’s most interesting dining, nightlife, and shopping, with easy access to bus lines and Austin’s outdoorsy scene. 

With 41 guest rooms and suites, Austin Motel offers a more private stay, plus the best swimming pool in town and a lobby shop. The rooms are individually decorated and match the vibe of Austin perfectly, complete with WiFi and private bathrooms (some even have whirlpool tubs!)

📍1220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Austin’s acclaimed Bunkhouse has done it again with this new hotel project! Hotel Magdalena is Bunkhouse’s largest hotel to date with 89 rooms and features four new, but distinct, buildings connected by exposed elevated walkways and courtyards, creating a treehouse feel inside the grounds. Hotel Magdalena is also home to a restaurant, poolside bar, and several other spaces for hosting events and hanging out.

The hotel is located on Music Lane, Austin’s newest hotspot for retail and dining, amidst Austin’s most vibrant culture and history. The rooms feature windows at both ends allowing for a cross breeze and natural light at both sunrise and sunset. Plus, rooms also have custom walnut wood built-in beds and desks and Spanish tile in four colorways, giving off a relaxing, picture-perfect aesthetic. 

📍1101 Music Ln, Austin, TX 78704

Hotel Saint Cecilia was created in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry and takes inspiration from the great era of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when a revolution of rock and roll and beat poetry overran the hallowed halls of established convention. The most notable feature of this hotel is its 50-foot heated lap pool, open to guests twenty-four-seven!

Each of the five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios embodies an equal love for the elegance of old-world luxury, and the secluded property is only open to hotel guests for optimal privacy. Other amenities include a lounge, retail store, and a covered terrace perfect for an intimate meal, cocktail party, or business meeting.

📍112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Vacation in Style

Next time you’re in need of a staycation (or normal vacation for out-of-towners), try out one of these South Congress hotels for style, awesome amenities, and a convenient location! For more Austin guides, check out the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide page and let us know what you want to see next!

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Abby Hopkins

Abby Hopkins

Abby is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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