The Best SXSW Festival Accommodation

If you need accommodation for SXSW, you need to start thinking about it, NOW!

SXSW hotels fill up fast. When I went to SXSW Festival, I stayed in a few different hostels in Austin. It was ex-pe-ns-ive – the most I’ve ever paid for a hostel in fact. But, if you’re looking for a place to stay for SXSW, that’s the price you have to pay.

During SXSW even normal homeowners rent their houses out – there’s lots of money to be made, and the big record companies to pay it. That means that during SXSW the price of accommodation goes up across Austin, some might even say, through the roof.

The festival is always in March, and in 2019, runs from the 8th March to the 18th.

SXSW accommodation availability is dwindling as we speak, so get your butt in gear and take a look at the best of what’s left in Austin, for SXSW Festival.

SXSW Festival accommodation

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SXSW Festival location

Where is SXSW Festival?

SXSW Festival is in Austin, Texas. The festival takes place all over the city, although most of the action is in the centre. Registration is at the Austin Convention Center, and quite a few of the talks are here too.

But you’ll also find SXSW at Austin’s cinema’s, theatres, community spaces, bars, and clubs.

What to Expect at SXSW Austin

I’m sure you’re wondering what this means for where to stay in Austin for SXSW. Well, stay as near the centre as your budget allows, but don’t worry if you’re on the outskirts. Getting around Austin is easy – there’s an easy bus network and most of them end up somewhere in the city.

There are metros, shuttles and the transportation goes on later too.


Hotels near SXSW Festival

There are so many SXSW hotels in Austin to choose from. Here are a few of the best located and highest rated.

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center

Here’s why it’s the best hotel for SXSW:

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center is set in the Downtown Austin, adjacent to the University of Texas at Austin campus. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Private parking is available on site.

Texas Memorial Stadium is 900 yards from AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, while Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas is 1,000 yards from the property. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 6.8 mi away.” 

This is one of the best priced hotels for SXSW in Austin.

Private rooms from $340 per night. 

Compare the cheapest SXSW hotel rates online, here (for FREE) on hotelscombined.

You can also read the recent reviews, here, on booking.com.

The LINE, Austin

Why it’s one of the best SXSW hotels:

The LINE Austin features free bikes and outdoor swimming pool in the heart of Austin. Featuring a bar, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 450 yards from Austin Convention Center, a 14-minute walk from Capitol Building and 1.2 mi from Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas.

In-room amenities include complimentary WiFi, a media hub for streaming personal content, floor-to-ceiling windows with lake and city views, and a fully stacked mini-bar. Guests at The LINE Austin can enjoy a à la carte or an American breakfast.

Pets are welcome and stay for free.”

Private rooms from $600 per night.

Compare the cheapest SXSW hotel rates online, here (for FREE) at hotelscombined.

You can also read the recent reviews, here on booking.com.

Fairmont Austin

Why it’s one of the top SXSW festival hotels:

Fairmont Austin offers accommodations located 100 yards from Austin Convention Center. This property is located a short distance from Capitol Building and Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas. The property provides lake views, a sun terrace, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour front desk.

Fairmont Austin features some units with city views, and rooms are fitted with a coffee machine. 

In the wellness area you will find a hot tub and a sauna.

Texas Memorial Stadium is 1.6 mi from Fairmont Austin, while Barton Springs Pool is 1.8 mi away. The nearest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 5.6 mi from the property.” 

Private rooms from $600 per night.

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You can also read the recent reviews, here on Booking.com.


Hostels for SXSW Festival

I’m afraid you’re too late on HostelWorld for SXSW hostels for 2019…

Hostels for SXSW

Act earlier for next year!

Check out Austin Hostels for SXSW 2019 on HostelWorld.

READ MORE: Hostels in Austin: Which One is the Best?


RVs for SXSW Festival

Or, you could rent an RV, find somewhere to park up, and spend the SXSW Festival sitting snug in your own wheels. A great option if you fancy a little road trip afterwards. From affordable pop ups to luxury motorhomes, check out the latest prices on RVShare.com.


Apartments for SXSW Festival

Apartments in Austin

Guild Lavaca St

Why it’s one of the best SXSW apartments:

“Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center, Guild Lavaca St is an aparthotel set in the heart of Austin, not far from Austin Convention Center.

Each unit at the aparthotel is fitted with air conditioning, private bathroom and a kitchen including a dishwasher, oven and a microwave. A toaster, a fridge and stovetop are also provided, as well as a smart espresso/cappuccino maker.

Guild Lavaca St offers a terrace.

Capitol Building is a 12-minute walk from the accommodations, while Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas is 1.2 mi from the property. The nearest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 6.2 mi from the property.” 

Two bedroom apartents start from $790 per night.

Compare the cheapest SXSW apartment rates online, here (for FREE) at hotelscombined.

You can also read the recent reviews, here on Booking.com.

Guild East 6th Street

Why it’s one of the top SXSW festival apartments:

“Offering an outdoor pool and rooftop terrace, Guild East 6th is located in Austin, less than 0.6 mi from 6th Street. Austin Convention Center is 900 yards away and private parking is available on site.

There is a kitchen, fitted with a dishwasher and oven. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also featured, as well as a coffee machine. Every unit has a private bathroom with a bath and free toiletries.

Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for golfing. Capitol Building is 0.8 mi from Guild East 6th. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 5.6 mi from the property.” 

Two bedroom deluxe suite starts from $620 per night. 

Compare the cheapest SXSW apartment rates online, here (for FREE) on hotelscombined.

You can also read the recent reviews, here, on booking.com.

Downtown Loft

Why it could be the best apartment for SXSW:

“Located in the Downtown are of Austin and offering city views, Downtown Loft offers accommodations with free WiFi, 0.8 miles from Austin Convention Center. The property is 0.9 miles from Capitol Building.

This apartment features a living room and a fully equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is provided.

Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas is 1.2 miles from the apartment, while University of Texas at Austin is 1.7 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 7 miles from the property.” 

Studio apartments from $900 per night. 

Compare the cheapest SXSW apartment rates online, here (for FREE), on hotelscombined.

You can also read the recent reviews, here, on Booking.com.


Homes to rent for SXSW Festival

Judges Hill Home

This is why it’s one of the best homes to rent for SXSW:

“Located in Austin, this air-conditioned vacation home and is 0.7 miles from Capitol Building. It’s a 5-bedroom house, for 10 people. 

There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher and an oven. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player, as well as a computer are provided. There is a private bathroom with a bathtub.

Texas Memorial Stadium is one mile from Judges Hill Home, and Frank Erwin Center – University of Texas is 1.1 miles from the property. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 7 miles away.” 

The whole house starts from $40,000 for the ten days of SXSW Festival. 

You can also read the recent reviews, here at booking.com.

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