Romantic Escape in Austin

Once one of Austin, Texas’ landmark estates, Hotel Ella has returned to its former glory thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation completed in late 2013. While its Greek Revival exterior reflects the past with stately columns and crown molding, the hotel’s modern décor brings the century-old structure into the 21st century. Formerly the Goodall Wooten House, this historic mansion also boasts an impressive collection of 19th-century art and artifacts not to be missed. Explore impressive sculptures by Barbara Segal and Charles Umlauf, or linger over the iconic photographs of environmentalist Ansel Adams or Austin-native Matt Lankes. A wraparound veranda, courtyard with lap pool, and expansive manicured lawn offer a few more reasons this inspiring hotel is worth a stay.