Austin’s Best Boutique Hotels

Seven small but chic places to stay in Texas’s endlessly cool capital city.

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South Congress Hotel

This highly anticipated property, set to open in September, features 83 rooms designed with masculine-meets-cozy touches (think: wood floors, custom leather furniture, Aesop amenities). The property’s main draw might be the three forthcoming restaurants, a 12-seat Japanese eatery helmed by Top Chef winner Paul Qui among them. If you can’t squeeze into his Otoko for sushi, snag an outdoor table at Central Standard or its smaller counterpart, Café No Se. Though small, the second-floor infinity pool and surrounding deck offer an elevated vantage point that’s rare in SoCo. The hotel’s ground floor offers places to shop, which makes the building feel like the chic, modern mixed-use developments popping up all over Austin. From $290; 1603 South Congress Ave.; 512-920-6405;