When you live in Austin, it’s easy to stay put when it’s time to take a few days off. The Austin area offers a ton of great things to do on  a staycation, and plenty of great spots to stay. Before you book your next trip out of town, consider booking a staycation at one of these top-notch hotels.

Hotel San Jose

The San Jose on South Congress Avenue is the essence of a great getaway without leaving town. Simple, minimalist, and effortlessly charming, the San Jose is also right on top of Austin’s hottest places to visit, dine, shop, or take in the sights. By the way, if you want a swim in the hotel pool and forget your suit? The San Jose is famous for offering “dipster” swim gear.  

W Hotel

If you’re looking for a cool place to stay in the coolest (and hottest) parts of downtown, the W on Lavaca Street is probably your place. This is where you can get your music groove shaking and hang with some of the entertainment industry’s most notable visitors. But then, what would you expect when there’s a statue of Willie Nelson statue greeting guests at the ACL-Live Moody Theater, right next door. Stay in at the Away Spa, take a dip, and grab a bite at Trace Restaurant without leaving the hotel.

Lakeway Resort and Spa

The Lakeway features the wonderful (and rejuvenating) San Saba Spa and the gorgeous location on Lake Travis where Masterson's Steakhouse sits. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to Lakeway guests. Poolside, there are cabanas and a swim-up bar. And the Lakeway is right near several of austin’s championship golf courses, such as Falconhead and Live Oak.


Travaasa, tucked away on Route 2769 is a real getaway without leaving Austin. The hotel offers spectacular views of the Hill Country’s Balcones Canyonlands Preserve on the outside and all the indulgences you want from a hotel stay inside. Travaasa bills itself as an "experiential resort and spa." Experience the indulgently plush rooms and the placid grounds, and you’ll know what they mean. You can also revitalize with some gourmet cooking classes, outdoor fitness and adventure packages, or even dance lessons

Lake Austin Spa & Resort

On South Quinlan Park Road, at the west end of Lake Austin, is this this world-class hotel and spa that does pampering right. Serene grounds, relaxed vibe, super-comfy rooms, and an attention to the wellness of mind, body, and spirit make a stay here a must for anyone who truly needs a respite without leaving Austin. Complete with gardens, cabins, and gorgeous views, Lake Austin Resort is well worth checking into (and hard to check out of). Posted by Richard Soto on
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