Austin

Travel Guide
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One of the new music capitals of the world, this Texas city also has a great presidential library, handsome Capitol building and pretty parks.

A true hub for live music and unconventional art, it’s no surprise that Austin is one of America’s fastest growing cities and one of the most interesting places to visit in the United States. This is a city that sets out to surprise you!

Despite being home to countless high tech companies which earned the city the nickname ‘Silicon Hills’ in the 1990s, Austin is a city that considers itself to be something of a maverick. The ‘keep Austin weird’ initiative is an unofficial one, but is hugely popular within the city.

Thankfully Austinites don’t mean ‘weird’ in the conventional sense, but a desire to celebrate the city’s eccentric nature and diversity, whilst supporting local people and businesses – a great example of this is the popularity of the city’s SoCo shopping district on South Congress Avenue which is home to countless quirky coffee shops, unusual shops and food stalls.

If there is one aspect to Austin that genuinely is ‘weird’, it’s the role that live music plays in the city – partly due to the success of PBS’ live music TV show ‘Austin City Limits’. Per capita, Austin has more live music venues than anywhere else in the United States. Centred around 6th Street’s countless small bars and nightclubs, live music can be heard all over the city. Indeed, Austin has become something of a festival town with the aforementioned TV show’s annual three day festival in Ziker Park and the urban/punk Fun Fun Fun Fest held in Auditorium Shores.

Austin isn’t only about music though. Live theatre and filmmaking are also huge draws for visitors to the city. The Austin Film Festival attracts big names each year whilst the growing influence Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas, Austin is helping more and more films be made in the city – many of which are premiered at the Paramount, a historical movie theatre in Downtown.

For lovers of live performance, Austin is hope to dozens of professional and semi-professional theatre companies. Performing their work at live performance venues such as the Zachary Scott Theatre Centre and the Hyde Park Theatre, Austin makes it easy to see anything from a cutting edge one-man show to a major Shakespeare production. If you just fancy a good laugh, Austin also features a well-developed improve scene centred around small clubs and theatres such as The Hideout and New Movement Theatre.

Of course, there’s plenty of more traditional things to do in Austin – such as visit the city’s excellent symphony orchestra – but when there’s so much fun to be had just getting lost in the city itself, why not just go weird?

Where to stay in Austin

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
2 out of 5
9121 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX, 78753
The price is £84 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,211 reviews)
"I loved the scent in the hallways. I asked for deluxe and I’m still not yet understanding why that room was considered deluxe anything. I’d truly like to see a none deluxe to compare and what is the price difference."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Orangewood Inn & Suites Midtown
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is £189 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy 5 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,966 reviews)
"I WOULD ABSOLUTELY STAY AGAIN. THIS WAS MY THIRD TIME STAY AT THE FAIRMONT"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Fairmont Austin
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
2.5 out of 5
11901 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX, 78759
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £116 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"Room description showed tub/shower combo, got shower only. Slow, inattentive desk clerk. Rear gate to pool locked, which staff described as broken with no intent to repair. Room doors slam and walls thin. Could be very nice with a little effort."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Near The Domain
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Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
3 out of 5
10201 Stonelake Blvd, Austin, TX, 78759
The price is £102 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (711 reviews)
"Expedia website stated to allow 30 min. before check in. I got there and had to wait another 30 minutes before the desk could see&retrieve the res. Seems like a network comms delay between Expedia and Sonesta."

Reviewed on 26 May 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
3 out of 5
13501 Lyndhurst St, Austin, TX, 78729
The price is £124 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (256 reviews)
"It’s a lovely Hotel"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin North/Lakeline
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX, 78759
The price is £119 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,858 reviews)
"Overall a good hotel. The breakfast was the only thing that was disappointing."

Reviewed on 21 May 2022

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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