Top 10 SXSW Hotel Alternatives



In the 1980s, South By Southwest (SXSW) was founded in Austin, Texas with the purpose of giving emerging music artists an outlet to develop their careers and encourage the sharing of ideas among the creative community. Now in its twenty-seventh year, the festival has blossomed into a multi-day, city-wide event that attracts over 50,000 visitors annually. This year, SXSW takes place March 7-16 and includes a wide variety of film screenings, musical performances, discussion panels, interactive media exhibits, and parties that take place throughout the city, day and night. If you're traveling to Austin to experience the festival and conference, check out our picks for the best Austin boutique hotels and B&Bs to book for SXSW!


Blue Buffalo B&B

Austin, TX

Blue Buffalo B&B

Located 25 minutes from the heart of downtown Austin, Blue Buffalo B&B is a modern inn laid out along Lake Travis and perched atop a cliff on Hurst Creek. That means you and your guest can return to gorgeous views of the water after a tiring day of festival-going. It's also ideal for getting some peace and quiet—the quaint establishment's two rooms each have private entrances and bathrooms.



Alexandra’s House

Wimberly, TX

Alexandra’s House

Alexandra's House isn't actually in Austin. It's located in the nearby town of Wimberley, giving SXSW visitors a getaway from the hustle and bustle when you need it. Choose from three rooms: Diana's, Ashley's, and Emma's suites. Each is uniquely designed to provide you with a modern, elegant setting featuring hardwood floors, original pieces of art, and antique decor. There are also private baths and a spacious porch for you to relax on after a day on the town.



Adam’s House

Austin, TX

Adams House B&B

For a stay a little out of the way, head to Hyde Park, which is home to Adams House. The innkeepers know all about the area and recommend some of the best places to eat and even the top music spots in the city. In fact, host Eric is a musician who takes the stage at venues all around town.




Gateway Guesthouse

Austin, TX

Gateway guesthouse

House in a historic building, the Gateway Guesthouse offers an atmosphere of antiquity for your Austin getaway. Guests have easy access by foot to the downtown area and the Austin Convention Center, where many of the shows are held. But the highlight of this inn is the luxurious pool and spa surrounded by a lush green garden as well as the other outdoor spaces such as the porch and deck.





Park Lane Guest House

Austin, TX

Park Lane guest house

Park Lane Guest House is all about the natural setting. Patrons are greeted by a vibrant green oasis when they step out of their private cottages in the morning, as well as the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and a full organic breakfast. It puts you within walking distance of downtown in addition to hiking and biking trails in case you feel like an adventure before the fest.



Decker Creek Bed & Breakfast & Biscuit

Austin, TX

Decker Creek B&B

Situated on 50 acres of woods, this inn is a rustic rural retreat. You'll stay in a private cabin that comes with a fenced yard, patio, kitchen, whirlpool tub, and only one neighbor in sight—the only other cabin on the grounds. You can enjoy a full country breakfast made from ingredients provided by local farms, and feel free to bring your pup along (this inn is dog-friendly and has plenty of space for your pet to roam).



Brava House

Austin, TX

Brava House

With its Victorian architecture and extreme privacy, Brava House is ideal for couples visiting for SXSW. Turn your vacation into a romantic one with a stroll around the garden pond or an afternoon of relaxation and wine-sipping out on the verandah. Then, take a leisurely walk downtown to experience live music and film showings.



Tranquility on Lake Travis

Austin, TX

Tranquility on Lake Travis

Another waterfront inn that gets rave reviews is Tranquility on Lake Travis. You'll wake in a luxury suite to the warm smells of breakfast, and you can prepare for the day with a dip in the spa tub, a workout in the exercise room, or a peaceful nap out on the hammock. At night after the fest, enjoy an evening with your guest playing a game of horseshoes or strolling the beautiful grounds of the inn's 4-acre landscape.



Strickland Arms B&B

Austin, TX

Strickland Arms B&B

The majestic atmosphere is the highlight of this inn. It features lofty 12-foot ceilings, a formal dining room, Italian garden backyard, and regal statues guarding the grounds. Stay in a luxurious remodeled bedroom and, in the morning, build up some energy for the day of festivities with a tasty continental breakfast.