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Austin Hotel Rooms Go For $1,000 Per Night During South by Southwest

Mar 08, 2014 6:00 am

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It’s nice to be a hotelier in Austin during the South by Southwest conference. In this context, last-minute bookings aren’t much of an option.

— Dennis Schaal

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Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling speaks at South by Southwest in 2013. Debbie Finley / South by Southwest


If you’re looking for a hotel room in Austin, get ready to shell out some serious cash.

As is usually the case during South by Southwest, availability is limited and the few rooms that are available for procrastinators are going for prices much higher than normal.

The Courtyard Inn located just steps from the Austin Convention Center is offering rooms for $900 tonight. Across the street at the Hilton Austin Hotel, the going rate is $699, according to Travelocity.com.

Prices at other area hotels include $989 at the Driskill, $629 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, $599 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, $499 at the Westin at the Domain and $550 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.

As of early Friday afternoon, a search of Travelocity.com showed only two rooms were left at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center.

Many area budget motels aren’t much cheaper. The Super 8 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, for example, is charging $400 and the going rate at a La Quinta near Highland Mall is $359.

Some of the less expensive options include a Howard Johnson near Interstate 35 and Oltorf Street, where the rate is $149, $170 at the Extended Stay America near Sunset Valley, $189 at the Fairfield Inn in the Arboretum area and $199 at the Domain’s Lone Star Court. ___

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