The Best Quirky Austin Hotels for Business Travelers

Austin, Texas has truly burgeoned in the last 25 years, becoming a cosmopolitan mecca bursting full of creative and innovative businesses, especially in the tech, clean energy, and digital media industries, among others. As a result, travelers flock to the downtown area for dozens of conventions, festivals, and business opportunities. If you're looking for a place to relax between events or ventures, one which embodies the flavor of the city, here are a few great options.

Hotel Ella
If you're heading to the University of Texas area, or merely just want to stay out of the downtown fray, Hotel Ella is the perfect spot for you. Over a century old, the 47-room boutique hotel lives inside the Goodall Wooten House. Including a luxuriant lounge and cabana-lined pool, its offbeat flavor is only matched by its excellent customer service and solid business accommodations (plus free Wi-Fi). It's also near the Blanton Museum of Art for culture hounds looking for a break from all the business of business.

W Austin
Replete with stunning lakeside views and a stellar rooftop lounge and pool, distinctive business travelers will love the unconventional décor and lively ambiance. Despite its "Keep Austin Weird" flavor, the W Austin is all business, maintaining a state of the art business center and several meeting rooms. It's also close to vibrant Sixth Street activities and Town Lake for those times when you need to escape the grind for a little bit.

Hotel Van Zandt
Opening its doors just last year, the Klimpton Van Zandt is just outside the bustling downtown area around the corner from the hip Rainey Street Historic District. Don't let the rock and roll attitude fool you, though, because this lodging keeps everything just as respectable as it does edgy. Moments from the Austin Convention Center and close to the State Capitol, the Van Zandt offers several meeting rooms and high-speed Internet in most areas.

Omni Hotel
Located within walking distance of Sixth Street and hundreds of area events and businesses, the Omni Hotel is a classic business hotel. At the same time, in addition to its stylish rooftop pool (with amazing views of the lively city), over a dozen meeting rooms, and contemporary business center, it also has an inviting, Austin flavor which keeps weary sojourners coming back to rest their heads after wheeling and dealing.

The Driskill
Make no mistake, if you want to immerse yourself in the flavor of Austin and the independent spirit of the Live Music Capitol of the World, the upscale Driskill is the spot for you. Situated on Sixth Street, close to activities and events like South By Southwest and the Austin Film Festival, this old school hotel was built in 1886 and radiates Central Texas from its grandiose façade to its stately hallways. However, the interior is all modern, updated with plasma screen TVs and numerous meeting rooms – as well as free high-speed internet access and a fantastic bar and restaurant.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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