Hotel Ella

1900 Rio Grande St | Austin, TX 78705-5511  [SEE MAP]Austin, TX  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Top-notch customer service, tasty cuisine and charming decor
Valet parking is pricey

Sitting several blocks west of the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Hotel Ella offers a quiet respite from the rowdier scene found downtown. This 47-room, boutique hotel is housed in the Goodall Wooten House –first built a little before 1900 – and beckons to R&R-seekers and history buffs. Hotel Ella features a pool, fitness center as well as Goodall's Kitchen and the connected parlor-style bar of the same name. The hotel's guest rooms feature LED TVs and complimentary wireless internet, as well as tufted furnishings and marble bathrooms. Travelers also say that Hotel Ella has fantastic customer service. What's more, guests have access to a house car service that travels within a three-mile radius of the hotel.  

Austin, TX
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 47 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Historic, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Travel + Leisure


Named after the woman who saw the historic mansion through its original renovation in 1910, Hotel Ella is an elegant Greek revival structure (to create the building's columns, Ella hired the same stone carver that constructed the legendary Biltmore Mansion in Asheville).

Condé Nast Traveler


Hotel Ella has undergone many identity changes throughout the years: it served as a home to namesake Ella Wooten and her family in 1900s, University of Texas student housing from the 1940s to 1970s, a rehabilitation center in the 1980s, and finally, the hotel it is today.



Inside, rooms are handsome, large, and well-appointed, more Texas cattle baron (leather, wood, brass) than stuffy Victorian (no fringed chandeliers or heavy damask draperies here).

Frommer's Exceptional



Throughout the property is a sense of elegance and whimsy, with a slate-grey exterior complemented by neutral hues in the furnishing and linens, and stone sculptures with a timeless bent (fitting, as Dr. Wooten collected sculptures).



Ella Wooten was known throughout Austin for her hospitality, culinary talent and impeccable taste. Hotel Ella strives to carry on her legacy by preserving much of the architecture, while giving the interior design a modern yet elegant lift.

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 469 have reviewed the Hotel Ella, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 469 reviews 4.5 (based on 469 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Designed by Michael Hsu, the guest rooms are decorated in a neutral color palette of gray, brown and slate blue. Rooms have 47-inch flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and minibars stocked with local products. Marble bathrooms have terry bath towels, microfiber bathrobes and luxury bath products.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access and local newspapers
  • Twice-daily housekeeping
  • Overnight shoe shine service available

Standard room size335 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set on the north end of Austin’s Central Business District, Hotel Ella is a historic hotel close to downtown, the University of Texas at Austin and the State Capitol. Three blocks east of the hotel is an area on Guadalupe Street referred to as “The Drag,” with vintage and retail shops, cafes and bookstores.
  • The University of Texas less than a mile east of the hotel
  • Hotel offers house car service within a 3-mile radius of the hotel
  • Located 10 miles northwest of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($25)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar is the hotel’s on-site restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with weekend brunch. Serving American specialities crafted from locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant offers a relaxed, yet upscale feel with crystal chandeliers, high-coffered ceilings, floral paintings, walnut tables and mirrors for reflective lighting. There’s also the Ella Parlor Bar. which serves small plates, along with wine, beer and signature cocktails.
  • Indoor and outdoor dining available

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Hotel Ella’s pool area is decorated in a minimalist style with gray tiles and sleek white lounge chairs. The heated pool is set within the property’s courtyard area, giving the pool a secluded feel.
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas


Hotel Ella does not have an on-site spa; however, the concierge can arrange in-room massages or appointments and transportation to nearby spas.

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna


    Hotel Ella has an on-site fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. There are also free weights available, along with a mat area.
    • Fitness center is open daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Personal trainers available by request
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles (free)
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats


    Hotel Ella is equipped to host business meetings and events of up to 300 guests. The property has meeting rooms, along with larger indoor and outdoor banquet areas.
    • Audiovisual equipment available
    • In-house catering
    • 24-hour business center with printing, faxing and photocopying

    Number of meeting rooms4

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available


    Pets 50 pounds or less are allowed for $150 per stay. The concierge can arrange pet sitting or grooming services.
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      Indoor and outdoor spaces equipped to host wedding ceremonies and events are available for use at Hotel Ella. The indoor space provides an elegant setting with historical details and modern adornments, and the outdoor courtyard offers a contemporary poolside setting.
      • Audiovisual equipment available
      • Professional staff will help oversee event details
      • In-house catering available

      Maximum wedding guest capacity300

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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