You’ll forget you’re in central Austin when you’re sitting side-by-side on Hotel Ella’s breezy porches, anchored by ionic columns. The 1898 Greek revival mansion, originally a wedding gift to Dr. Goodall Wooten and his wife, Ella, also has 47 contemporary rooms, as well as a sculpture garden and restaurant, all fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation. Many rooms and suites overlook the central swimming pool, which is ringed by striped umbrellas, white lounges, and chic zero-scaping. In the evening, head to the stately Goodall’s bar for expertly crafted cocktails such as the Dean—a take on the Manhattan made with Red River rye, amaro, vermouth, and aged bitters.
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