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Authentic Austin

by Sophie Novack

The Westin Austin Downtown has music running through its hallways. Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, the hotel is surrounded by live music and entertainment districts, with famous Antone’s nightclub across the street, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema down the block and (in)famous Sixth Street Historic District one street over.

The property aims to have an Austin hotel vibe, rather than that of a large brand, with the city’s music culture permeating the decor, jeans-wearing staff happy to recommend local activities and attractions, Guitar 101 packages and local live musicians on site, a rooftop pool with a view of Downtown Austin and southern-style restaurant Stella San Jac on the ground floor with a popular weekend brunch that draws crowds from outside the hotel. Favorites include the fried avocado salad and the #16 biscuits with whipped honey butter—named for the number of batches it took to get them just right. Lighter options include avocado toast; grapefruit curd parfait with greek yogurt, berries and house made granola; and fresh pressed juices.

Each week the chef visits the nearby Saturday morning SFC Farmers Market in Republic Square Park to pick up fresh produce, and the restaurant sources many ingredients locally from nearby farms. Work off the breakfast indulgence at Wanderlust Yoga Austin down the street or with a run on the Lady Bird Lake Trail in nearby Zilker Metropolitan Park (the hotel’s RunWestin program offers route maps and New Balance gear on loan). Rent boats in the park and cool down with a dip in Barton Springs Pool.  westinaustindowntown.com

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