For the 12th year in a row, Austin, Texas is the fastest-growing city in the United States. Nearly five years later, Austin Proper Hotel maintains its status as one of the most coveted hotel stays for discerning travelers.
The 32-story sculptural masterpiece mirrors––both literally and figuratively––the city’s natural landscape and eco-forward lifestyle. Standing at 32 stories, 238 luxurious guest rooms and suites achieve LEED® Gold certification to minimize environmental impact. From reclaimed irrigation systems to energy-efficient LED lights, the commitment to sustainability is evident in every detail.
Thanks to Kelly Wearstler, the interiors boast a creative prowess in keeping with the Proper portfolio. Partnering with award-winning Handel Architects, the two trailblazing forces have created a haven that redefines opulence, environmental responsibility, and the unmistakable spirit of Austin.
Working directly with local artisans and craftspeople, Wearstler has woven a layered, individualistic aesthetic that pays homage to the historical influence of Austin’s grand homes. The property features distinctive details, including a sculptural staircase installation crafted from vintage rugs, locally quarried travertine on the pool deck, and custom millwork with cypress shou sugi ban paneling.
The theme of provenance extends into each of the guest rooms and suites. Raw travertine, ceramics by Rick Van Dyke Studio, and original fiber artworks by Magda Sayeg add a touch of authenticity to the refined spaces. Aēsop bath amenities, Kelly Wearstler x Parachute Home robes, and signature Proper beds promise a comfortable and luxurious stay.
Total body wellness informs every facet of the guest experience. The Verbena Spa offers rejuvenating, holistic treatments as well as a 2,000-square-foot Saracen Gym equipped for 24/7 fitness. The beloved, local MML Hospitality is responsible for the on-site food and beverage concepts.
Located on the ground floor, The Peacock is a lively Mediterranean restaurant serving seafood and plant-forward dishes. Up on the fifth floor, La Piscina is celebrated for its poolside service of Texas-inspired Mexican dishes. Goldie’s is the intimate, elevated cocktail bar nestled within the lobby; The Quill Room exudes Old World opulence with a touch of modern elegance––here is where patrons will find many of the property’s weekly events and activations.
Beyond luxurious accommodations and exquisite dining and imbibing, Austin Proper boasts a plethora of amenities and services, including a 5th-floor heated swimming pool; a full-service business center; and a 24/7 concierge team to cater to every need.
Its prime location in the vibrant 2nd Street District ensures that guests have easy access to entertainment, shopping, and waterfront activities, creating an immersive visit beyond the property’s walls.
In essence, Austin Proper Hotel is a testament to the harmonious fusion of luxury and the city’s vitality, offering an unparalleled stay in the heart of Texas’ capital.
Location: Austin, Texas
The Vibe: As with every Proper Hotel, the interiors are curated by Kelly Wearstler. Thus, the property feels like a masterful amalgamation of the pieces your cool aunt discovered while globetrotting. Wearstler’s use of patterns, pops of color, and natural materials evoke storied, stately Texan manors.
Food + Drink: The Peacock is a lively Mediterranean restaurant located on the ground floor serving seafood and plant-forward dishes. La Piscina is the 5th-floor poolside restaurant and bar with Texas-inspired Mexican cuisine. Goldie’s is an intimate, elevated cocktail bar nestled within the lobby and helmed by MML Hospitality. The Quill Room exudes Old World opulence with a touch of modern elegance; this salon is the ideal place for a cozy evening when not being activated for an event.
Amenities: Outdoor swimming pool; Private parking; Fitness center; Spa; 3 restaurants; Bar
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: Restore your physical and mental well-being at Verbena Spa. Pamper yourself with holistic offerings ranging from deep facials to body scrubs to customized massages. You can even book in-room treatments with advance notice.
What’s Nearby? Austin Museum of Art; Butler Park; Governor’s Mansion; Capitol Building; Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum; Zilker Park
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? When venturing off the property, make Uchibā your first stop; this izakaya-inspired cocktail lounge and restaurant offers a vast selection of Japanese whiskies, cocktails, and dishes. The classics from its sister restaurant Uchi have also found their way onto the menu.
Rooms: 238 rooms and suites.
Pricing: Rooms start at $377/night.
Closest Airport: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport