All you need to know about Austin

The capital of Texas, Austin is a lively and eclectic metropolis, beloved for its dynamic music scene, inclusive culture, and plush outdoor spaces. For the third year in a row, this city has claimed the top spot of the Business Insider’s ‘Best Place to Live in America’ 2019 based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. A noteworthy part of Austin’s appeal is its significance for budding entrepreneurship as a recognised hub for start-ups, earning the city its ‘Silicon Hill’ nickname. Austin also features leafy greenspaces, diverse dining choices and an energetic music scene that ensures something for everyone. Partnered with the low cost of living, Austin is an ideal destination to visit as a cosmopolitan city that has never lost its small town feel or quirky energy. Here at SilverDoor, we have a range of corporate accommodation available for you to choose from; enquire today and we can elevate your stay with one of our many serviced apartments in Austin.

What do I need to know about staying Austin?

Austin’s climate allows you to partake in outdoor activities virtually all year round, boasting 300 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 19° Celsius in February. This does however mean that the summertime can get extremely hot, and we would advise visiting in the cooler months between November and March. Locals are known to plan their days around avoiding the midday sun, starting early, and disappearing over midday, implementing a similar system where possible may help you to appreciate the city more. Due to such practices, traffic in the city is notoriously hectic therefore we would recommend leaving your Austin serviced apartment fifteen minutes early for any meetings or plans.

Transport in Austin

Capital Metro is Austin’s multimodal public transport system and is the easiest way to explore Downtown and the greater Austin area inexpensively. MetroRapid also runs as an extension of Capital Metro runs rapid buses between North and South Austin every 10-15 minutes during peak weekday hours. The MetroRail is a 26-mile line that runs between Leander and Downtown Austin during the weekend from Leander to Downtown on Saturdays. While renting a car isn’t typically necessary with the other options available in the city, ZipCars are available for as little as an hour or for as long as a week, as well as typical car rental options. For visitors looking to get their workout in on the way to work, there are many bike rental options in the Downtown area and you can find a detailed map of bike routes here.

Shopping in Austin

Visitors staying in one of the many serviced apartments in Austin can wander the tree-lined walkways and find luxury brands, department stores and staple retail shops at The Domain. Situated in North Austin, Domain Drive also boasts more independent clothing brands and eclectic home shops if looking for something special. The Barton Creek Square mall also features over 170 stores as well as a movie theatre for the ultimate shopping day. Austin is home to a plethora of outdoor farmers markets and urban farms. With stalls that span city blocks every weekend, there are plenty of way to shop local artisans, makers, and produce in the city. For an authentically Austin experience, visit East Austin’s Boggy Creek Farm to meet the farmers and stock up on seasonal produce. SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley also makes a great morning out where visitors can listen to live music while picking up weekly groceries.

What to do in Austin

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk makes a 10-mile circuit around Lady Bird Lake, ideal for walking, running, or cycling. Along the boardwalk, there are several places to rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or paddleboats; a great way to witness the Austin skyline from the water. If you cross the bridge on Congress Avenue, a neighbourhood known as SoCo will welcome you, home to numerous independent boutiques, vintage stores, vibrant restaurants, and food trucks. If you happen to be around, be sure to stop by on the first Thursday of every month when the entire avenue becomes a pop-up street fair with live music, street performers, local vendors and more. Austin is known for its creative scene, in both visual arts and music, therefore the city has a vibrant ‘Art in Public Places’ programme where dynamic street art can be found dotted in every urban neighbourhood.

Facts about Austin

The city dates back to the 1830s when the first Anglo-American settlers arrived in the area; in 1837 settlers founded the Waterloo village which would then become the city of Austin in 1839. With 200 live music venues and as many as 2,000 bands and performing artists, Austin is considered the Live Music Capital of the World. Since 2012, Austin has been inundated with more than 20 million tourists every year and in 2017, 25.6 million visited the Texas capital. Austin is also the largest U.S. city without a professional sports team, even though it is home to the nation’s only Formula One racing championship, the United States Grand Prix.

Why choose a serviced apartment in Austin with SilverDoor?

With a wide selection of serviced apartments in Austin, we provide business travellers with the ideal accommodation options when staying for extended periods of time. Serviced apartments in Austin benefit from being in the centre of the action and just a stone’s throw from a hub of activity. Here at SilverDoor, we provide support throughout your entire booking process and aim to find the perfect apartment for our guests. Our Trustpilot rating contributes to the confidence that we have in ensuring you will be in the best hands when staying in a serviced apartment in Austin.

What is a serviced apartment?

Our private, flexible spaces are designed for you to enjoy and perfectly arranged to make guests feel at home. With a vast array of corporate housing available, our portfolio presents something for everyone. With an extensive amount of variety, booking an apartment with SilverDoor ensures that a plethora of amenities are available to make visitors feel more at home. Ranging anywhere from a personal balcony to gyms and meeting rooms, with a wide selection of serviced apartments, all able to offer different features to elevate your stay. Rooms are cleaned regularly, and guests are able to experience the space and freedom of a private accommodation while benefitting from the services of a hotel. With facilities such as a fully equipped kitchen, living areas, and multiple bedrooms depending upon group size, guests can separate their work from their home and relax comfortably. Do not hesitate to contact a member of our team for any specific requirements you may have as we will work hard to accommodate your every need.