Habitat Suites Hotel is in the Heart of Austin
Long familiar to Texans as a town whose natural beauty is eclipsed only by its fun and friendly populace, in recent years Austin has seen a boom in interest from savvy travelers throughout the United States and around the world. Whether you’re keen on exploring stunning natural features, visiting world class museums, rooting for the UT Longhorns, taking in a performance in the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, grabbing some slow-smoked Texas BBQ, shopping at the hundreds of independent local businesses, or doing it all, Habitat Suites Hotel makes the perfect basecamp for exploring all Austin has to offer. Habitat Suites is centrally located, beautifully landscaped, pleasantly apportioned with airy suites, staffed by knowledgeable and engaged staff that wants to show you why we love calling Austin home.
Recommended attractions ranging from the most popular to those off the beaten path.
Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
Watch 1.5 million bats—the largest urban bat colony in North America—emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset for their nightly feeding.
Please call the Bat Hot Line at 512-416-5700, Category 3636 (courtesy of the Austin American-Statesman), for the latest flight times.
6.6 miles away
Barton Springs Pool
Swim in natural spring-fed waters that stay at a constant 68 degrees year round.
7.5 miles away
6.5 miles away
6.2 miles away
Local Boutiques along South Congress Avenue
7.4 miles away
Barton Creek Mall
11.0 miles away
2nd Street District
6.7 miles away
Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train
7.5 miles away
Zilker Park Kite Festival
March 4, 2012
The nation's oldest, continuous kite festival.
South by Southwest (SXSW)
March 9-18, 2012
An interactive, film and music festival that is not to be missed.
March 28-31, 2012
The O.Henry Pun-Off
May 20, 2012
Match wits at this fierce competition or just sit back and laugh.
O. Henry Museum website
Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally
June 7-10, 2012
Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 12-14, 2012
Texas Book Festival
October 27-28, 2012
Austin's premier literary event.
Dia de los Muertos Celebrations
An annual parade and party in downtown.
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Fonda San Miguel
One of the originators of Tex Mex.
Dolce Vita Gelato and Espresso
Coffee, gelato, cocktails, and small, fresh salads and sandwiches.
3.0 miles away
Interested in having a more environmentally-minded stay while you're in Austin? Let our "green" map guide you to sustainable shopping and dining and alternative transportation options.
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Restaurants and Organic Grocery Stores
Held Wednesday evenings at the Triangle and Saturday mornings downtown.
The Triangle location: 2.3 miles away Directions
Downtown location: 5.7 miles away Directions
Shopping and Sustainable Businesses
City of Austin - Bicycle Route Map
This visual guide shows which Austin city streets are better for cyclists--an essential resource for a more pleasant ride.
Bicycle Route Map
Habitat Suites is serviced by several bus routes and a light rail station.
The Highland light rail station is located just two blocks away from Habitat Suites. Southbound trains stop in East Austin and downtown at Trinity and 4th Street (across the street from the Austin Convention Center).
Visit the MetroRail website to see the route and current schedule.
Transportation Historical attractions easily accessible from Habitat Suites include sites ranging from the stunning Texas Capital to the writer O’ Henry’s turn-of-the-century home to Threadgill’s gas station where Janis Joplin first performed (you can’t buy gas anymore, but live music and good food remain in steady supply). The Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus features a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of only five displayed in the US. The nearby French Legation harkens back to Texas nationhood and its international relations while the LBJ Library and Museum recalls a much more recent time when Texas was at the center of world affairs.
Austin’s nightlife centers on the world famous collection of live music venues along 6th Street, but there are lively entertainment options available throughout downtown and the rest of Austin. From uber-hip East Austin’s bohemian dive bars to classic country honky-tonks, Austinites love to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and bounty of great local artists. Austin is also home to a thriving community of film aficionados who treat the Alamo Draft House Cinemas as an institution and flock to the sleek Violet Crown Cinema. In addition to Austin’s year-round entertainment options, it is also home to several music festivals including the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL).
Even outdoor activities in Austin’s “keep it weird”. Barton Springs Pool stands as one of the most unique recreational opportunities anywhere—a crystal clear natural pool constantly refreshed by an underground spring. Dive into the deep end. Soak up the sun and people watch from the grassy banks. Frolic with the fish and your family and friends. At sunset a colony of 1.5 million bats emerges from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, the swarms creating magnificent moving clouds of bats against the backdrop of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake. For cycling enthusiasts—this is the home of Lance Armstrong and his primary training grounds.
Dining and shopping options around town are overwhelmingly abundant. We’ll mention just world famous Texas barbeque, “Top Chef”-featured Japanese restaurants, and that Austin is the home of “breakfast tacos”. Shop South Congress, where within a few blocks you’ll find a clothing boutique that only sells items in black, one of the best outsider art galleries in the nation, a custom cowboy boot store, the most authentic Mexican crafts this side of the border, a vintage LP shop, and an antique shop aptly named “Uncommon Objects.”
Austin is cool, hot, historical, natural, beautiful, and weird. It’s a unique place that we love to call home. We’ve listed a few of our favorite places in the links above, but we’re happy to give you personal recommendations when you visit. We can’t wait for you to be our guest at Habitat Suites.