The LINE Austin, a renovated landmark, offers a unique hotel experience. We stayed at the hotel during a recent Austin getaway, and boy was it a sight to behold! It is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin, in close proximity to some of the city’s major attractions This was a major selling point for us as we planned to explore the city’s top sights while in town. If you are looking for a contemporary Austin hotel for a vacation or staycation, this The LINE Austin review is exactly what you need! Let’s proceed, shall we?
History of The LINE Austin
The mid-century building that The LINE Austin is situated in used to be the Sheraton Crest Inn, then later became Radisson Hotel. It also previously housed a renowned jazz club. It is now considered one of Austin’s relatively new hotels following a revamp in 2018. Sydell Group breathed new life into the property and completely transformed it into the magnificent sight that is today’s 4-star LINE Hotel Austin
Fun Fact: LINE Austin (and other LINE brand of hotels like LINE Los Angeles) are owned by the Sydell Group.
The LINE Austin Location
111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, 78701, TX
Our Experience at The LINE Austin
We arrived at the hotel on a Tuesday afternoon and immediately got to the business of checking in. The hotel staff were friendly and made for a faster than anticipated check-in process. Off we were to our suite in record time, ready to let the good times roll!
Our home-away-from-home was a Town Lake Studio that offered unparalleled floor-to-ceiling windows. We had some of the best views of Congress Bridge, Town Lake, and the Austin city skyline.
Fun Fact: Town Lake, also known as Lady Bird Lake, is a reservoir on the Colorado River. It was renamed Lady Bird Lake in 2011 in honor of the former first lady of the United States Lady Bird Johnson who was a long-time Austin resident.
Our suite had an open floorplan that was reminiscent of a studio apartment. There was a living area complete with a cozy couch, and a table and chairs that could be used for work or dining. The sleeping area housed a king bed, near the large windows that offered unmatched natural light and captured the sun’s rays on the lake. It was quite a sight to behold! We were also drawn to details such as the unique light fixtures and the intricately designed room decor. Each aspect of the suite meshed well together, making for a spectacular contemporary vibe in a midcentury building.
Additional in-room amenities included stunning custom artwork by local artists; a mini bar and local snacks; a micro-library featuring Texas authors; a flat-screen TV; a Nespresso machine; and a contemporary bathroom with a rainfall shower.
Tip: The hotel’s rooms and suites have clothing steamers by default. However, you can request an iron from the front desk.
Room Service at LINE Austin is available from 7 am – 10 pm. We were impressed by the wide selection of food on the breakfast menu. We made full use of the breakfast room service option every morning.
Tip: For breakfast room service, be sure to place the provided order sheet at your door the night before.
We didn’t have room service for lunch or dinner as we were mostly out and about exploring Austin. However, we dined in person at the hotel’s Arlo Grey, P6 restaurants (where room service orders for lunch and dinner are fulfilled) as well as Veracruz. We enjoyed the menu options at all three restaurants; however, Veracruz was our ultimate favorite. Their tacos are hands down the best we have ever had!
When not relaxing in our Town Lake water view Suite, we enjoyed exploring the rest of the hotel. The overall ambiance of the property is warm and inviting. We were particularly drawn to the thriving potted plants in gold planters, original artwork by Texas artists, the cozy fireplace, a myriad of public spaces in the lobby, and the outdoor spaces. The hotel lobby is perfect for both hanging out and working. We toured the outdoor pool area, but unfortunately, due to autumn rain showers, we could not swim during our stay.
Let’s keep going with the rest of The LINE Austin review, why don’t we?
Guest Rooms and Suites at The LINE Austin
In addition to the Town Lake Studio (that we stayed in), The LINE has a host of other room options.
King Hotel Rooms: 300 square feet, 1 King bed, and with city views of The Capitol and downtown Austin.
Double Queen Rooms: 300 square feet room with two queen beds, and views of downtown Austin.
Lakeside King: 300 square feet, 1 King bed, and with views of Ladybird Lake.
Lakeside Double Queen: 300 square feet, 2 Queen beds, and with views of the lake. Connecting rooms are available.
City View Suite: 425-525 square feet, 1 King bed, separate living area, and views of downtown Austin.
Lakeside Suite: 425 square feet, 1 King bed, separate living room, and views of the lake.
Bridge Suite: 600 square feet, 1 King bed, separate living area, and panoramic views of the lake.
RWB Apartment Suite: 1475 square feet apartment-style Suite, 1 King bed, open floor plan, separate living room, kitchen and bar, panoramic views of the lake.
ADA accessible rooms are available.
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Tip: Connecting (adjoining) rooms are available for certain room/suite types. Ask when checking in at the hotel. You will have free Wi-Fi access in all rooms.
Restaurants at The LINE Austin
Alfred is The LINE Austin’s walk-up lobby coffee shop, serving coffee, tea, and lite bites.
Arlo Grey Restaurant
Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, s the culinary expert behind The LINE Austin’s Arlo Grey Restaurant. It is a lakeside eatery on the ground floor of the hotel.
Rooftop bar P6 is The LINE Austin’s lounge offering dining, drinks, and beautiful views of the lake. Late nights at P6 are fun-filled!
Veracruz All Natural
Located on the ground floor of The LINE, Austin’s beloved Veracruz All Natural is worth all the hype! Tacos, queso, fresh juice, and more abound at this fan-favorite spot. You can dine in the indoor dining room or outdoors,
As previously stated, you can find the best tacos EVER at Veracruz. Trust me, this is no exaggeration!
The LINE is also within close distance of loads of great restaurants.
Amenities at The LINE Austin
The Lakeside Infinity Pool
The outdoor saltwater infinity pool overlooks Town Lake and Congress Avenue Bridge. The swimming pool is reserved exclusively for hotel guests on weekends. On weekdays, non-hotel guests can purchase pool passes. The poolside bar offers cocktails, beer, and wine.
Meeting Rooms and Event Space
The hotel has 15 meeting rooms and over 20,000 square feet of event and meeting space. Additionally, the hotel also serves as a wedding venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. You can host these at the ballrooms such as the Onyx ballroom and the hotel’s hospitality suites.
Additional amenities include a 24-hour gym and complimentary bike rentals for guest use. Inquire at the hotel’s front desk.
There is a secured covered parking garage for onsite valet parking (USD 49.00 per night; includes in/out privileges). Wheelchair-accessible parking is also available on site.
The LINE Austin is about a 3-minute walk from Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake), a 5-minute walk from Austin Convention Center, a 7-minute walk from Sixth Street, an 11-minute walk from Rainey Street, a 19-minute walk from Texas State Capitol, and a 23-minute walk from the University of Texas at Austin.
How To Get Around
Certainly getting around by car would be faster, and possibly more convenient; however, if you prefer to walk to surrounding locations, it’s definitely a viable option. Additionally, you can take advantage of the free bikes available for use by hotel guests and explore the nearby bike trail and great outdoors, or another part of downtown Austin.
Quick LINE Austin Features
- The hotel has 428 floors arranged over 12 floors.
- It is a smoke-free property.
- 24-hour front desk.
- 24- hour small gym onsite
- Pets stay free (dogs and cats only). No weight limits. Food and water bowls are available.
- Check-in time is 3 pm-midnight and checkout time is at noon.
- The minimum check-in age is 21.
- Daily service and resort fees may apply.
- The LINE accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club credit cards, and debit cards for payment. Cash is not accepted.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Wheelchair accessible path of travel, parking, path to lift, and registration desk. In-room accessibility.
- The LINE Austin is located approximately 6 miles from the nearest commercial airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
What do we REALLY Think About The LINE Austin?
In conclusion, as far as downtown hotels go, we had a great experience at The LINE Austin. We will definitely stay there again, hopefully for a long weekend getaway next time. It is a great hotel in the heart of Austin, for both leisure and business travelers. We hope that this The LINE Austin review has answered any questions you had and that it will help you decide if you should book a stay there.
Happy travels, friends!