Austin, United States

The Line Austin

Rates per night from$153.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD153.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Mid-century might

Setting

Bats amore

The Line Austin is Bat City’s boldest big-time hotel, flaunting a talk-of-the-town restaurant, rooftop cocktail bar and infinity pool, all overlooking Lady Bird Lake and Congress Avenue Bridge, with its million bats swooping for your viewing delight every evening. The mid-century architecture is paired with light-flooded landscape-inspired interiors featuring artwork created by emerging local talent, while champion chef Kristen Kish crafts sumptuous sharing plates in the kitchen. Follow the on-your-doorstep hike-and-bike trail to hipster hotspots and natural springs, watch clouds of bats swoop at sunset, then plot a course from barbecue joints and dive bars to taco trucks and honky-tonks across this rhythmic, rebellious city.

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Facilities

Photos The Line Austin facilities

Need to know

Rooms

428, including 108 suites.

Check–Out

Noon; check-in, 3pm – but both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $153.00, excluding tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast; choose from hearty cooked options at Arlo Grey (from $30), or pick up pastries and oatmeal to go with your coffee at Alfred.

Also

The building has a tradition of live music (it was once used by jazz broadcasters Club Seville) which the hotel will continue – look out for in-house gigs, theatre performances and work by the artist-in-residence.

Please note

The fitness centre will be completed in late 2018.

At the hotel

WiFi, bike rental. In rooms: wall-mounted TV, air-conditioning, minibar stocked with locally sourced snacks, bath products by American Medicinal, Nespresso machine on request.

Our favourite rooms

The Lakeside rooms look out onto – you guessed it – the lake, which means you watch the bat-colony spectacle without changing out of your pyjamas, if you so wish. The corner-set Town Lake Studio is flooded with natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides.

Poolside

The lakeside infinity pool has views of Congress Avenue Bridge and the Austin skyline. Settle into a semi-submerged sunlounger, sip cocktails under the tartan umbrellas, or cosy up by the outdoor fireplace.

Packing tips

Bring your dancing shoes – Austin has a rhythm that’s all its own. And don’t forget your appetite, for Austin’s thriving food scene.

Also

All the rooms and the communal areas are accessible by lift; just ask if you require a wheelchair-accessible room or a vision/hearing-impairment kit.

Pet‐friendly

Pets of all shapes and sizes are very welcome, for no extra fee. See more pet-friendly hotels in Austin.

Children

All ages welcome. Cots can be added to all suites and the Town Lake Studio.

Food and Drink

Photos The Line Austin food and drink

Top Table

Grab a spot by the floor-to-ceiling windows for the panoramic views over Lady Bird Lake.

Dress Code

Anything goes in Austin, but Arlo Grey deserves special treatment – bring it up a notch from the check shirts and trucker caps you’ve been wearing around hipsterville by day.

Hotel restaurant

Kristen Kish won the American TV series Top Chef in 2012, and still knows how to impress – her maiden menu at Arlo Grey is jam-packed with inventive dishes, each impeccably executed. Local, seasonal produce is harvested for the burrata salad in cucumber broth and the ricotta beignets, served with a dollop of paddlefish caviar. There’s no formal distinction between mains and starters, but you certainly won’t go hungry with the buffalo short rib with whipped aligot potato, the wagyu sirloin with radish pistu, or a fistful of the house burger.

Hotel bar

Expert drink-slingers craft fresh-herb cocktails at the Arlo Grey bar – try the punchy Devil’s Backbone (mezcal, pineapple and lime), the fragrant Provence (gin, lavender, champagne), or stick to a classic Old Fashioned, poured over a single chunk of ice. A rooftop bar, P6, is coming soon, promising drinks and hijinks with killer views of Congress Avenue Bridge and the lake.

Last orders

The Alfred café is open from 6am to 6pm every day. Arlo Grey is currently only open for dinner (from 5pm to 10pm) and drinks ( 2pm to 11pm on weekdays, noon to midnight on weekends). Plans for breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings are afoot…

Room service

An in-room dining service is coming soon – you’ll be able to order direct from the Arlo Grey kitchen.

Location

Photos The Line Austin location
Address
The Line Austin
111 East Cesar Chavez
Austin
78701
United States

Planes

You can fly direct to Austin-Bergstrom International airport from cities across North America; British Airways and Norwegian fly from London in just over 10 hours. From the airport, it’s a 25-minute drive to the hotel – take a taxi, or book a private transfer for $35. You can call Smith24 for help with all your travel arrangements.

Trains

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle service runs daily to San Antonio (three hours and 20 minutes) and Dallas (six hours); railroad enthusiasts can carry on (and on) all the way to Chicago (29 hours) or Los Angeles (35 hours) on the same line. The station’s two miles across town, about 10 minutes in a cab.

Automobiles

‘Texas’ and ‘road trips’ go together like brisket and barbecue sauce. Hire a car at the airport, and explore this supersized state at your own pace – stick Hill Country, Big Bend National Park and the desert town of Marfa at the top of your to-dos. Valet parking at the hotel costs $39 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

You don’t get more central than this – walk north through the bright lights of downtown, hunt down the hottest bars in East Austin, or rummage for fashion finds at independent shops in South Congress. For a basic orientation, hike or bike The Lady Bird Lake Trail, which runs for 10 miles along the waterfront, and passes just below your bedroom window. Fitness fiends can join in-house yoga, kickboxing and dance classes on the rotating weekly programme, or source a pass for the local gym from the hotel concierge.

Austin is a hedonist’s dream – at every turn there’s a place to eat, drink, or be merry (often all three simultaneously). If there’s one way to beat the heat, it’s a dip in the 1,000ft-long groundwater-fed Barton Springs – do as the locals do and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassy embankments. Browse the boutiques in South Congress, head to the antiques emporium Uncommon Objects, or pick up an LP at Waterloo Records. Tour and beer-taste in craft breweries on the hip Eastside – Blue Owl specialises in sour beers and Friends & Allies is the go-to for a hoppy IPA. For gigs and live events, check Do512, or get a no-frills snapshot on Showlist Austin. Finally, do your bit to ‘Keep Austin Weird’ – and if that means going to ‘chicken-shit bingo’ at The Little Longhorn Saloon, so be it.  

More than a million bats live in the world’s largest urban colony, tucked under the arches of Congress Avenue Bridge, just yards from the hotel. Make your way down to the waterside boardwalk at sunset – or book a room with a view –and watch in wonder as they stream across the evening sky.

Local restaurants

Believe the hype: there’s no better brisket than at Franklin Barbecue (900 E 11th Street) – but prepare to wait in line for the privilege of tasting it first-hand; if your tummy is rumbling impatiently, opt for able deputy La Barbecue (2027 E Cesar Chavez Street) instead. The bulging fried chicken sandwiches at Bird Bird Biscuit (2701 Manor Road) are a local favourite (and don’t worry, they deal in scone-like American biscuits – there’s not a bourbon or custard cream in sight). Cross the road from the hotel for a bite at Fareground (111 Congress Avenue), a food-hall hub hosting independent street food concessions. Watch the world go by from an outdoor table at foodie wine bar June’s (1722 S Congress Avenue), feast on smokehouse Tex-Asian food at Loro (2115 S Lamar Boulevard), and go for late-night steak frites in the bistro garden at Justine’s (4710 E 5th Street). 

Local bars

Rainey Street is all fun and games – try Lustre Pearl (94 Rainey Street) for ping pong, corn-hole and Lonestar beers in the garden. Live music rocks in Austin – head to the Continental Club (1315 S Congress Avenue) for upcoming country and jazz bands in an intimate tavern setting, or the Broken Spoke (3201 S Lamar Boulevard) for the all-singing, all-dancing Texas honky tonk experience. If your two-step needs touching up, join a free and friendly class at The White Horse (500 Comal Street). The street locally known as ‘Dirty 6th’ is best avoided, except for the peerless cocktails at intimate speakeasy Midnight Cowboy (313 E 6th Street); book ahead, and push the buzzer cryptically labelled ‘Harry Craddock’ on arrival.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this lakeside hotel in Texas and unpacked their souvenir Stetsons and shiny belt buckles, a full account of their Bat City break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside The Line in Austin…

It’s really, really hard to believe that this used to be a Radisson. It still has more than 400 rooms, but the corporate feel is long gone, replaced with bold, creative interiors featuring artwork by emerging local talent. The restaurant, once a TGI Fridays, is now Arlo Grey – the talk of the ever-so-chatty Austin food scene, helmed by Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. Its less-than-luminous history is not entirely lost on the new ownership (Sydell Group – also the brains behind the Nomad and Freehand hotels, among others) though – with tongue firmly lodged in cheek, they’ve dubbed the rooftop cocktail bar ‘P6’, in honour of its previous function, as a car park. There is, however, one aspect of the Line that remains exactly as it always was. It is still, of course, in situ on a prime plot in downtown Austin, with Lady Bird Lake on one side and a cluster of hipster ‘hoods in easy reach

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