Surrounded by downtown Austin’s vibrant music scene, the W Austin draws on the neighborhood’s rock-and-roll roots for its hip bar scene, glam roof-deck pool, and colorful, mid-century–inspired decor. Live music wafts through the lobby on weekends, the Living Room’s Records Room houses more than 8,000 vinyl records, and even the spa is aimed at helping rock stars recuperate after a show, with treatments like the Led Zeppelin–inspired "Over the Hills and Far Away" full-body detox.
Austin isn’t just one big after-party, though; it’s also an eco-conscious city with a sustainable food-loving bent, and the W embodies those attributes. In 2012, the building was the largest of its kind to receive LEED certification. The W also has a sleek farm-to-table restaurant—complete with its own forager. And that restaurant, TRACE, is a local hot spot in its own right; don’t miss a true Texas brunch on the patio on Sundays, complete with live music.