By Sarah Beckham
December 05, 2014
Lake Austin Spa Resort

What's your idea of a romantic hotel? Hip and new, or classic and luxurious? In the heart of the city, or away from it all? Hotels in Austin, and more specifically, the ones on this list, span all of those categories, and are the perfect destination for a romantic getaway to Texas. The historic Driskill Hotel (built in 1886), Austin's Four Seasons, and the newest of these three, the W Austin Hotel, put you close to all that downtown Austin has to offer—from stylish restaurants to entertainment venues like ACL Live and the Paramount Theatre. If the two of you want to enjoy some quieter time, Lake Austin Spa & Resort is serene and tranquil. And at Travaasa Austin, you can bond over experiences ranging from yoga to spa treatments to cooking classes. No matter which hotel you choose, you’ll be sure to find amenities that keep the fire alive.

Driskill Hotel

The Driskill has an opulent, Western look befitting a hotel created by a cattle baron. Attractions including the Capitol and Sixth Street are an easy walk away. But the Driskill's restaurant, bar and café mean you don't have to venture out if you don't want to. Need an incentive to cuddle close? The Driskill is said to be haunted.

Four Seasons

Austin's Four Seasons is known for excellent service and its views over Lady Bird Lake. The location of the hotel allows you to explore both downtown and South Congress Avenue. Planning a romantic dinner with great cuisine? The hotel's acclaimed Trio restaurant serves up top-notch steak, seafood and wine. Or you can just relax in the hotel's spa.

W Austin

If your romantic getaway to Austin includes a concert at ACL Live, there's no hotel more convenient than the vibrant, modern W. Use the time you would have spent driving downtown and parking to linger over dinner at Trace, the W's restaurant that emphasizes fresh, seasonal cooking.


You will never run out of things to do at this all-inclusive resort overlooking Lake Travis. Visitors are immersed in life's simple, playful pleasures: sunrise horseback rides, Texas two-step dance lessons, a prickly pear challenge course, a workout centered around a mechanical bull. The day spa sits adjacent to the property's infinity-edge pool overlooking beautiful hill country.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

If you need to de-stress, Lake Austin Spa Resort has soothingly decorated rooms (some with private gardens, lake views and/or their own hot tub), and you can arrange for tandem spa treatments. The mood is rustic, yet luxurious, and ingredients like prickly pear and mesquite give some spa treatments a Texas flair.