I do a lot of research before i book my travel accommodation. When i can, i like to treat myself to a luxury hotel room or rental as a sort of bonus for travelling solo. Other times, i look for more budget options. Especially when a city has fewer choices and accommodation then tends to be more expensive. Solo travel may be on the rise, but unfortunately single occupancy rates aren’t keeping up. Check out more info on Austin hotels for the solo traveller below or click here to go straight to Tripadvisor reviews.
best Austin hotels for solo travel
Luxury austin hotels
All of these hotels were at the top of my list following my research. Great amenities, super comfortable and/or unique rooms and brilliant reviews for solo travelling. South Congress is also placed (in my opinion) in an ideal place just south of downtown. Making it the perfectly placed base to explore the city.
the not so good
The Archer is quite far north of the central city so for me, that wasn’t ideal location wise. If you don’t mind staying outside downtown, this would make a great choice. The Kimber is placed ideally but ended up being too expensive to consider. For South Congress, i desperately wanted one of the suites that come with loads of space and often a balcony. I love to have a balcony when i’m on my own so i can sunbathe in peace without necessarily having to make it to the pool! Unfortunately, those rooms are also very expensive so i just couldn’t justify it to myself! All will have deals on at different times though so do keep an eye out if they appeal.
Mid-range austin hotels
This was where i ended up actually staying. For me it was a great balance between price and location. And i did manage to get my balcony! Well, actually it was a patio but as you can see above, you’ll get a fantastic view over SoCo bridge and downtown Austin.
The clientele of the hotel is largely business. This can actually be ideal when you’re travelling alone as you’re almost guaranteed to be amongst at least some other solo travellers. The room was clean and comfortable. The patio was huge (i managed to get the corner one), but it could do with a bit of a clean and freshen up.
Room service was speedy and delicious. As with most places, it wasn’t especially cheap. But if you’re only planning to have it max. once a day, it’s affordable. As mentioned, the location is ideal. I like to explore on foot so this was central to the main sights but just out of the way across the bridge from the main downtown area.
the not so good
The only thing that might be less than ideal is it can get quite noisy. The middle of the hotel has an open atrium, so you can see all the rooms around the hotel from your own room door. It also means that noise can travel really easily so if you’re a light sleeper, try and get a room on a higher floor. The corner patio room on the 3rd floor that i stayed in is also placed above the kitchen/restaurant. That made it extra noisy and at random hours. Another patio room would do just as well if this would bother you.
quirky austin hotels
I was drawn to the Lone Star because of its quirky looking rooms and amenities. It also sounded like a great place for the solo traveller with easy-access evening events and music. It’s also very close to a large shopping complex which can be great to nip to for cheap food and drink. It was location again that steered me away from this one, but otherwise it would make a fantastic and unique stay.
The main reason for ending up in the quirky section is the folklore that The Driskill is supposedly haunted. So if you find yourself of a nervous disposition, you might want to try elsewhere! The reviews are good though a bit mixed. General consensus is that it could use a bit of TLC but it is also one of the oldest Austin hotels. And the interior in the lobby is definitely still worth stopping by to see.
This time the location was too good. The Driskill can be found on “dirty” 6th street. It’s really not so dirty but it is one of the main tourist streets and can get noisy at night. If you’re travelling solo and like to be right in the thick of it, this is a great choice of hotel in downtown Austin.