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Austin
Travel Guide

Lady Bird Lake which includes a city, skyline and a skyscraper

A big Southern city that prides itself on ‘keeping Austin weird’, Texas’ capital and fourth largest city combines high tech industry with a fierce independent spirit.

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?

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Where to stay in Austin

Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
The price is £146 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
This eco-friendly hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Also nearby are Moody ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3,330 reviews)
"It’s a great place for in town vacations!"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Fairmont Austin
Omni Austin Hotel
Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
The price is £125 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and O. Henry House Museum. Downtown Station is 7 minutes by foot and Plaza ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,350 reviews)
"Liked the pool area and bar on the rooftop"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Omni Austin Hotel
The Westin Austin Downtown
The Westin Austin Downtown
4 out of 5
310 East 5th Street, Austin, TX
The price is £150 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is steps away from Museum of the Weird and Sixth Street. Austin Convention Center and Paramount Theater are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
"The location was great. Staff was friendly"

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

The Westin Austin Downtown
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.
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
3 out of 5
10001 N Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX
The price is £90 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Gateway, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from The Domain, and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Texas Tower and University of Texas at Austin. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,719 reviews)
Nice location
"Check in process was quick and easy. Hassle free the entire time."

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
Studio 6 Buda, TX
Studio 6 Buda, TX
2 out of 5
5163 Overpass Rd, Buda, TX
The price is £72 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated in Buda, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Buda and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Stagecoach Park. Ascension Seton ...
3.6/5Good! (378 reviews)
"Everything was good inside just the parking was bad to many big trucks park in there"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Studio 6 Buda, TX
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Round Rock
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Round Rock
2.5 out of 5
541 Parker Drive, Austin, TX
The price is £74 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Situated in Austin, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Boardwalk Shopping Center, Dell Computer HQ and Renaissance Square. Frontier Park and Creekmont ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (205 reviews)
"I was greeted with a smiling, and very helpful front desk team member. During my stay I enjoyed being able to use common area’s, and other amenities. I will return..! Thanks"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Austin Round Rock
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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Reviews of Austin

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29 Jan 2020

Austin is an incredible city with a lot to offer. We booked this hotel out of convenience but I’ve stayed in a lot of airport and budget hotels and this was by far the worst.

3/5 - Okay

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4 Jan 2020

Hardly any celebrations in the city for New Years.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

13 Nov 2019

To much traffic

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Nov 2019

Austin itself is a great place. This hotel is on the outskirts. With no way of getting in or out unless you drive

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Nov 2019

Vibrant city with welcoming people

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Nov 2019

Easy to get around and people friendly and helpful. Service everywhere was great...

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