East Austin Hotel
Why We Love It This low-key boutique hotel is as stylish as it is affordable. Highlights: -Don’t worry about scouting out souvenirs for everyone back home: You’ll find locally crafted ceramics and leather goods at the on-site gift shop. -A takeaway case at Sixth & Waller restaurant features local and far-flung delicacies for on-the-go adventures. -A custom curated map available at the concierge desk highlights neighborhood hot spots offering live music, authentic food, and more. Austin’s motto precedes itself, but there’s nothing weird about the East Austin
Hotel, a soon-to-be hipster haunt where millennial pink accents and midcentury chic converge with local touches that embody the neighborhood’s independent spirit. The property offers a variety of stay options for every kind of traveler, from bathroom-sharing cabin rooms to poolside suites with private balconies, but all feature Scandi-mod–inspired furnishings and quirky pieces—think turtle-shaped ottomans, Moroccan pillows, and retro Victrola radios. Vintage pendants hang at the bar at Sixth & Waller, a self-described “global diner” that serves international comfort foods like family-style latkes, chicken-fried steak, and mango cream pie, but pretty young things head to the pool bar for Instagram-friendly dishes like jackfruit bánh mi and gochujang queso alongside rum old fashioneds and the caçhaca-spiked Permanent Vacation.