Hotel Ella Austin’s Iconic Landmark Boutique Hotel

Hotel Ella

As part of the Volkswagen #VWDrive event, Randall and I had the privilege of being guests at Hotel Ella.  As Austin “locals” now, it was fun to explore a new spot in our own city. After our stay, I am officially claiming Hotel Ella my favorite luxury staycation destination in Austin! It is a spot rich in local history, art, and luxury making it my ideal combination. Hotel Ella registrationFrom the moment we arrived on property, we were greeted with exceptional care and attentiveness. The hotel staff were at the ready attending to every detail. Their hospitality was so genuine and able to anticipate our every need to meet it with superior quality. When you visit I recommend planning to talk with a staff member about their favorite part the hotel, everyone has a unique story to share and are well versed in the property’s history.

hotel ella lobby

And what a history it has! Previously known as the Mansion at Judges’ Hill and the Goodall Wooten Mansion, this elegant estate stands today as an iconic Austin landmark.  The origins of the property can be traced back to 1846 when the land was first granted to Adam Mag by the State of Texas only a year after it was admitted to the union. Hotel Ella Front doorAfter undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation in the late summer of 2013, it opened as the world-class travel experience, Hotel Ella. So much of the original architecture is still intact today , including the beautifully detailed fireplace mantel and doorways seen in the pictures above.  They are an esteemed part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, as well as the Southern Living hotel collection.
Hotel Ella guestroomHotel Ella features 47 impressive guestrooms, a cabana lined lap pool, and a wraparound veranda overlooking the well-manicured lawn.Hotel Ella veranda
Around every corner you can enjoy an abundance of art pieces that are periodically exchanged. Being the art lovers that we are, we could have enjoyed walking the hallways as our personal art gallery for a portion of our stay.Hotel Ella Art

If you’re famished from your journey, you’ll be glad to know that the dining options on site have received just as much attention to detail. Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar is a local American Bistro with lovely indoor and outdoor dining options. Foodies will not be disappointed.

Hotel Ella foods

Whether you are traveling to Austin or a local resident, be sure to put Hotel Ella on your agenda of “must see Austin”.  Take a tour of the property for your next event, or stop into the Parlor Bar for signature hand-crafted cocktails( half-off during weekday happy hour 4-7 pm). After one visit, this luxe mansion estate will feel like home. We didn’t want to leave.

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Hotel Ella|1900 Rio Grande, Austin TX 78705|800-311-1619

*We received an overnight stay on this property as part of our participation in the VWDrive event and all thoughts/opinions are solely our own. 



  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    What a charming hotel this is. It looks absolutely gorgeous.

  2. This is such a charming and beautiful hotel. It reminds me of hotels from long ago that were romantic and full of character.
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  3. Nice to know. We live a hop, skip and a jump from Austin! It looks lovely.

  4. I love boutique hotels! That porch looks so cozy.
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  5. I love to stay in beautiful, charming hotels. I wil defenitely bookmark this, in case I ever visit Austin. Thanks!
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  6. What a beautiful hotel! This looks like a wonderful place to visit.
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  7. That looks like a really beautiful place to stay. I would love to stay there.
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  8. Wow what an absolutely beautiful hotel. Seems like a gorgeous place to say, would love to go there!

  9. Rachelle J says

    What a fun and charming looking hotel. I will have to check it out next time I’m in that neck of the woods!

  10. Love, love, love it! Will have to add Hotel Ella to our western trip next winter. I love historic buildings– seems they have so much more substance.
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  11. This looks like a very lovely place to relax. I’ve never been here before.

  12. I’ve always wanted to visit Austin. This looks like a beautiful place to stay while there.
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  13. Helene cohen bludman says

    My daughter is in Austin this week for SXSW. This hotel looks beautiful. I really hope to visit Austin someday.

  14. What a pretty hotel! I love all the artwork — and, of course, the food!
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  15. I’ve been wanting to go to Austin for a while now. There are so many cool places I’d love to go there. This sounds like an awesome place to stay!
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  16. How beautiful! ThAT looks like the perfect home away from home!
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  17. Wow, what a place! I absolutely love, love, love the wraparound veranda. I would spend a great deal of my evenings there visiting with my family after a great dinner.

  18. What a beautiful hotel. I would love to stay there someday.
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  19. I want to stay in Hotel Ella! It seems so comfy & I love a place with history!
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  20. Beautiful – as I used to take care of and direct the activities of a very old lodge – I so appreciate the look, feel and the history of the Hotel Ella – and it is on my list of things to see and places to stay – great images
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  21. What a great sounding hotel and it looks absolutely beautiful! x
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  22. What an amazing place to visit. I love the furniture: it is cozy like a real home
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  23. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Hotel Ella looks like a fantastic place to visit. I love how gorgeous the rooms are.

  24. This place is AMAZING! I already drive a VW…so, sounds like the perfect place to take a road trip to!

  25. I love the décor! Wow! I love the mix of the industrial with the classic in the lobby. Beautiful

  26. 47 rooms is such a nice size. Everything looks great too. I think it looks like a wonderful place to stay.
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