The location fizzled for decades, even as the Four Seasons opened next door in the 1980s. But as the convention center has since tripled or even quadrupled in size, this corner of downtown has come full circle as one of the easiest neighborhoods in Austin in which to set up temporary residence. From here you’ll have easy access to the capital, the university, the warehouse district or even the new burgeoning Eastside restaurant row. (And scooters are everywhere!)
Basic rooms are very small. The hotel packs 428 rooms into a rather compact footprint. You’ll want to upgrade to a Studio, which is essentially a junior suite. The room is perfectly comfortable, with good linens, nice bathrobes and local treats in the minibar. You’ll also want to book a Town Lake view. This is the same view you would have if you were staying at the Four Seasons. Alternatively, a high-floor Capital view could also be fun, but you’ll want to avoid a low floor city view, as the Congress/Cesar Chavez intersection is a loud traffic juggernaut, especially on weekend nights.
The pool. The lobby. The coffee shop. The funky little beer bar. All are very sexy. So, too, is Arlo Grey, the signature restaurant and bar that’s helmed by chef Kristen Kish.
Bottom line: It’s not the most luxurious hotel in town, but the rooms are comfortable, the views are superb and the service is very friendly. For the price and location, you probably won’t find a better deal.
Rates from about $285. 111 E. Casar Chavez St., Austin, 512 478 9611, thelinehotel.com/austin
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