A trip to the Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix is on the bucket list of every automobile aficionado. This high caliber race hits the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas with three action-packed days of races and entertainment. If you’re heading to Texas for this year’s races, we’ve rounded up our very favorite places to stay while you’re in town.
The Driskill hotel is an icon in Austin for more than a century. A wealthy cattle baron built the hotel in 1887 as a showpiece to his fortune. With its marble floors and stained glass dome, it’s easy to see why it is an impressive piece of architecture. It is located on the corner of 6th and Brazos streets, in the heart of downtown Austin. The Driskill is convenient to most of Austin’s most famous attractions, including the state capital. Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Many of the over 200 live music venues are within an easy walking distance from the Driskill.
Get a taste of Italy in the heart of Texas when you stay at the Hotel Granduca. This four-star hotel offers a luxurious, sophisticated, and secluded environment reminiscent of an Italian Villa. The hotel’s 192 rooms offer luxurious amenities and stunning views of Texas’s Hill Country.
A leader in luxury hotels, Granduca Austin has received a variety awards including Conde Nast Travelers Gold list, Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice “Top 15 Hotels in Texas” and Forbes Four Star rating.
While staying at the Hotel Granduca, enjoy al fresco dining at the on-site Visconti Ristorante. Afterwards, listen to live music while relaxing at the Visconte Bar.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
Like most things in Austin, the Hotel Saint Cecilia offers a hip, rock and roll vibe. This exclusive hotel is comprised of just 14 rooms and suites.
Each of the five suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios embodies an equal love for the elegance of old world luxury and the irreverence of our muses – The Stones, Bill Burroughs, Anne Sexton, Hunter S. Thompson among them. The secluded property and lush grounds are open only to hotel guests, thereby offering a unique sense of privacy situated steps away from the heart of South Austin.
Guests rave over the heated 24-hour lap pool and covered open-air terrace with city views.
Take a step back in time with the undeniably retro Austin Motel. The Eck Stewart family built the hotel as one of the first catering to motorists in 1938. They added its famous neon sign shortly thereafter, securing the hotel’s legacy as an Austin landmark. Hotelier Liz Lambert redesigned this Austin Icon. She embraced its original design when looking to its future. Updated rooms stay true to their roots. With an ideal location to downtown attractions and its fun, quirky decor, the Austin Motel is a traveler favorite.
The historic Austin Motel sits just south of the Colorado River and Downtown, in view of the State Capitol and walking distance to the famous bat bridge. Part of the beloved South Congress neighborhood, the motel is surrounded by some of the city’s most interesting dining, nightlife and shopping, with easy access to bus lines and Austin’s lovely hike and bike trail that connects to Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool and the Barton Creek greenbelt.
The motel offers just 41 rooms and boasts it has the best swimming pool in town. It also hosts music events regularly, including live bands and DJs.
No matter where you stay in Austin, you’re sure to enjoy your time at the Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix. To make sure you preserve those amazing Grand Prix memories, explore How to Take the Perfect Photo While Traveling.