Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Austin Airport Inn & Suites
Situated within 5 miles of both downtown Austin and the airport, this Best Western is a convenient home base for exploring Texas's capital city. A 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the hotel has a slew of amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and a complimentary hot breakfast.
Spacious digs: King and queen suites have separate living rooms with pullout sofas.
Stay connected: The hotel has high-speed Internet, and rooms have 32-inch flat-screen TVs.
Airport shuttle: runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tour the Capitol: Guided and self-guided tours of the Texas Capitol building and grounds are available seven days a week.
A night on the town: Sixth Street, a popular nightlife spot lined with quirky restaurants, hip bars, and dance clubs, is just 5 miles from the hotel.
Texas-Sized Capitol: Built in 1888, the pink-granite Texas Capitol building in Austin is the country's largest state capitol and even taller than the US Capitol in Washington, DC—proof that everything is, indeed, bigger in Texas.
Keep Austin Weird is a popular motto here, appearing on bumper stickers and T-shirts. The weirdness manifests itself all over town, where you’ll find a death-metal-themed pizza place, a cathedral made of garbage, and the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata.
Watch the Bats: Each night at dusk (from mid-March to November), an estimated 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge to go hunting for food.
Live Music Capital of the World: The city has nearly 200 venues, where bands play everything from blues to punk rock. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine named Austin one of America's Best Music Cities, calling it the "mother ship for indie rock and alternative-country types." [
Music & BBQ:Stubb's Bar-B-Q books some of the bigger acts that come to town, including the White Stripes, Johnny Cash, and Snoop Dogg.
Popular Music Festivals:South by Southwest (mid March) and Austin City Limits](http://www.aclfestival.com/) (early October) draw in huge crowds each year.