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Austin
Travel Guide

Lady Bird Lake showing skyline, a city and a high-rise building

Experience the heartbeat of Texas in this vibrant city which has been self-titled as the “Live Music Capital of the World”.

Once a laidback college town, Austin has since undergone a cultural awakening to become one of the most important hubs for music, film and food. Besides being home to a wealth of music venues, galleries and theatres, it also hosts many renowned festivals, such as South by Southwest, an annual film, art and music showcase which attracts an eclectic mix of devotees from all over the world.

It was at the elegant Paramount Theatre where Austin found its cultural roots. Since its establishment in 1915, it has remained downtown Austin’s entertainment hub. First constructed for vaudevillian acts and silent films, it is now a popular venue for plays, musicals or blues performances. From here, you are just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the city from one of its highest points.

Just north of downtown in the University of Texas, you’ll find interesting attractions that keep everyone in the family entertained. See dinosaur fossils and discover the natural history of Texas at the Texas Memorial Museum. Nature lovers will enjoy the thousands of native plants at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. See more than 17,000 pieces of art, including works from greats like Rubens, and admire one of the largest collections of Latin American art in the U.S. at the Blanton Museum of Art. Cross the street to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, where history buffs can learn the “Story of Texas” from engaging exhibits and artefacts.

Explore contemporary art by Texan artists at The Contemporary Austin, which is spread over two locations: the Jones Center in downtown Austin and Laguna Gloria located eight kilometres away.

Immerse yourself in nature right in the middle of the city at the Zilker Metropolitan Park, which sits on the banks of the Colorado River near downtown. Stop to smell the roses at the Zilker Botanical Garden, jump in for swim at the one-hectare Barton Springs Pool and paddle a canoe out on Town Lake.

Just outside the city are more options for outdoor enthusiasts to indulge in nature. Drive 20 minutes from downtown Austin and you can hike, picnic and fish to your heart's content at McKinney Falls State Park. Or get up close and personal with more than 300 animals at the Austin Zoo.

Downtown Austin is easily navigated on foot. Here, the streets are lined with many shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Munch on some authentic Southern soul food at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, dig into a juicy burger at Hut’s Hamburgers or tuck into a heart-warming brunch at the Old Pecan Street Café. After the sun sets, enjoy some live music in intimate venues like Momo's and The Parish Room on the historic Sixth Street. For some great alternative music, head to one of the city's best-loved venues, Stubb's Bar-B-Q, on the corner of East 8th Street and Red River Street, where you can also savour some scrumptious barbequed ribs, fried green tomatoes and ice-cold beer.

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Where to stay in Austin

Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,436 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (3,333 reviews)
"Staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, hotel was clean and pool was fun"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Fairmont Austin
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,001 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street, Austin Convention Center and Rainey Street. South Congress Avenue and Texas ...
4.3/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Very nice hotel with friendly staff"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is HK$848 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Governor's Mansion, Texas State Capitol and Blanton Museum of Art. Bob Bullock Texas State History ...
4.1/5Very Good! (930 reviews)
"On site parking and free breakfast were a plus, also affordable option not too far from downtown"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
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
The price is HK$877 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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! (1,709 reviews)
Nice location
"Check in process was quick and easy. Hassle free the entire time."

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

HYATT house Austin/Arboretum
Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
3 out of 5
The price is HK$924 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Gateway, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from The Domain, and within 12 mi (20 km) of University of Texas Tower and LBJ Presidential Library. Blanton ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (605 reviews)
"Love the quiet location yet close to shops and the city."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Austin The Domain Area
Studio 6 Buda, TX
Studio 6 Buda, TX
2 out of 5
The price is HK$660 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
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! (373 reviews)
"It was right off the Hwy.Rooms where okay and no breakfast was a bummer."

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2021

Studio 6 Buda, TX
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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5/5 - Excellent

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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

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

9 Nov 2019

Vibrant city with welcoming people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov 2019

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