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The Austin Hotels You Should Stay at During SXSW

To all our music festival lovers out there: Austin homegirl & travel journalist Becca Hensley shares the hotel stays that make her want to croon a tune for South by Southwest (SXSW) below.

Austin Proper Hotel

2nd Street District awaits outside the Kelly Wearstler imagined Austin Proper, a medley of eye-catching extravagances and festive moods. Refuel at The Peacock, a Mediterranean restaurant-cum-lobby bar, splash in the 5th-floor-sited pool (small-batch tequila libation in hand), and gaze at vistas of Lady Bird Lake. 

Thompson Austin

Austin’s flirtiest hotels, newly arrived Thompson Austin and Tommie Austin, come as an adjoined pair, not quite separated at birth, but similar—like your favorite, handsome twin friends. Poshly planted downtown, they share restaurants and a fourth floor pool and lounge. Tommie’s riff is micro-lifestyle, while Thompson rolls out the proverbial red carpet. 

Kimpton Van Zandt

A doorway to Rainey Street District’s merry bars and mayhem, Kimpton Van Zandt rises from its sidewalks, a boon for the nightcap crowd. Hip, created with a musical theme, and named for a famous local musician, the hotel harmoniously references ATX’s tuneful heritage at every turn. Nightly happy hour and rooftop pool rock.

Commodore Perry Estate

Play Great Gatsby at Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, a sophisticated hotel with a Jazz Era mansion at its heart, ideal for sequestering. Kitted out in a residential neighborhood near downtown with English gardens and Lutie’s, a stellar eatery, the new hotel features canny design by the stupendous Ken Fulk.

Hotel Magdalena

Appropriately located on Music Lane in SoCo, Hotel Magdalena by Austin’s acclaimed Bunkhouse, occupies a leafy landscape once owned by Willie Nelson, and formerly home to the Terence Motor Hotel. Now conjuring a modernistic treehouse ambiance, the new, 89-room hotel incorporates peaceful elements, such as elevated walkways and a 900 square-foot, guests-only pool. 

Hotel ZaZa

With specialty-themed suites humorously named things like “About Last Night,” urbane, playful, made-in-Texas Hotel ZaZa celebrates the arts at every turn. Anchoring the Warehouse District, funky and gorgeous at once, its plethora of art appeals to aesthetes. The buzzy nightlife and pool scene draws crowds.

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