The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

Austin, Texas

The hotel

If you’ve got a passion for music and art, then this is the hotel for you. Situated centrally in the Live Music Capital of the World, with an art deco feel to the hotel, the Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta is an iconic building that has been a staple of the Austin skyline for almost a century. The artistic creativity isn’t doesn’t stop with the beautiful décor, but extends to the handcrafted cocktails and innovative cuisine. Featuring the only outdoor dining terrace on Congress Avenue, you can enjoy breakfast whilst looking out into the city as the dawn breaks, or enjoy a sundowner at the end of a busy day, all with the fresh air on your face. The hotel is within steps of Austin’s State Capitol building and within easy reach of other attractions including Sixth Street, where you’ll never be short of live music to entertain you late into the night. 

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

On Congress Avenue, in the heart of Austin, steps from Austin's State Capitol building. Transfer time from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Approx. 15 mins.

Hotel information

190 beautifully appointed rooms and suites with sophisticated décor, all featuring complimentary WiFi, cable TV, coffee/tea making facilities, bath robe, hairdryer, and mini bar*.

Deluxe rooms with either 1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults. 


Preferred rooms are larger in size, featuring a seating area with sofa bed, lounge chair and table, and either 1 king-size bed or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

One Bedroom Suite featuring a separate living area with sofa bed, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.


In-room dining services are temporarily suspended. Restaurant and Bar are operating with a limited menu and adjusted hours. Grab n Go in the Lobby is available 24 hours a day. 

The Mezzanine (serving breakfast on an outdoor terrace, with grab ‘n’ go options also available). Roaring Fork (Old-west inspired cuisine, serving lunch and dinner). Stephen F’s Bar (with outdoor terrace, open Thurs-Sat). 

Indoor swimming pool and hot tub. Fitness centre. Austin Jogging routes.

Complimentary WiFi. Room Service (temporarily suspended). Valet parking from $49 plus tax per day (payable locally, fee subject to change). 

*Denotes local charge.

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Jan 24, 2022 A1647FXgloriab

Enjoyed my stay. Room was nice and clean. It was close to the Paramount where we were attending a comedy show. Had drinks at bar in restaurant that was nice. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Will stay again. Everyone was very professional.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful historic hotel right in the center of all the action in Austin Texas

Jan 6, 2022 jshea627

I enjoyed the stay, improvement I would make are adding chaise lounges to the outdoor desk. there is no outdoor pool but it would have been great to take a little siesta in the sun while there. The chairs were not conducive to that. In fact we didn't discover the outdoor deck until the last day as there was not info in the room about amenities,… Read more
I enjoyed the stay, improvement I would make are adding chaise lounges to the outdoor desk. there is no outdoor pool but it would have been great to take a little siesta in the sun while there. The chairs were not conducive to that. In fact we didn't discover the outdoor deck until the last day as there was not info in the room about amenities, map of the hotel, etc. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Classic Texas Hotel

Dec 30, 2021 GazztheMan

Old world style classic Texas room. Great location close to 6th Street. Walking distance to resaurants, shopping, Bars etc. Very clean and warm. Super comfy bed with quality linens. Really nice staff too!
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Dec 29, 2021 Y8090ASnikkib

Rachel at the front desk , big shout out I gave her directions on how to decorate and she went above and beyond , she was very professional and patient because of this and the cleanliness of the room I will be returning :)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Nice Staff Makes Up for a Mediocre Hotel Experience

Dec 16, 2021 Gabrielle F Austin, Texas

I'm partially blaming this review on Expedia because it sounds like they didn't have all of the facts on their listings correct, but... My room was very dark – not the brightly lit ones in the pictures online – and my view was overlooking a roof of air conditioner units. The coffee for the coffee maker was terrible (sometimes it's the little… Read more
I'm partially blaming this review on Expedia because it sounds like they didn't have all of the facts on their listings correct, but... My room was very dark – not the brightly lit ones in the pictures online – and my view was overlooking a roof of air conditioner units. The coffee for the coffee maker was terrible (sometimes it's the little things), and some of the furniture was damaged and dusty. The restaurant and bar both closed at 10pm, which was different than what was advertised on Expedia of 24/7. Also advertised was a free continental grab and go breakfast – also came to find out that it's not available during the week. And it's not free. More false advertising. Plus parking was $49. I should have just paid an extra $100 and stayed somewhere nicer. Because by the time I bought breakfast, parking, and a bottle of water it was just as expensive. That said, the people at the front desk were lovely. Read less