Where to Stay in Austin for South by Southwest

Although South by Southwest is around the corner, it’s not too late to decide where to stay for this year’s festival from March 8-17th. The premier event connects innovators, celebrities, musicians, and fans for 9 days of fun and festivities, including conferences, film screenings, concerts, and comedy. Musical acts showcase artists from over 60 countries, including Amanda Palmer, The Chills, and Wyclef Jean, while leading creatives such as Olivia Wilde and Tim Ferriss will participate in keynotes and panels throughout the festival.

With a jam-packed lineup of can’t-miss events, a SXSW vacation rental is the easiest and most efficient way to partake in the festivities. A SXSW vacation rental grants festival-goers quick, hassle-free access by car, on foot, or using the event’s designated shuttle, which runs from the Austin Convention Center to all festival venues.

Here are 5 of our favorite homes and condos to rent for the perfect SXSW experience.


W 6th St Penthouse with City Views

At this upscale West 6th 2 bedroom/2.5 bathroom penthouse, you can enjoy expansive city views from each room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The penthouse is only a mile walk from the heart of downtown Austin – you’ll feel constantly immersed in SXSW’s creative vibes with colorful décor sourced from the Austin area. When not at SXSW, you can enjoy the West 6th neighborhood’s energy, whether you’re visiting the nearby bars or relaxing on the home’s private deck.


Modern 4BR w/ Pool & Covered Patio – Walk to SoCo

With a private deck and bright, open floor plan, this 4-bedroom/ 3 bathroom SXSW rental home offers guests the ultimate festival experience. Skylights, vaulted ceilings, and a palm-fringed pool will make it tough for you to actually leave the property—but once you do, you’ll only be a short, 10-minute drive from the SXSW venues.


2BR/2.5BA Zilker Deck House

With 3 floors, 2 decks, and an epic outdoor patio, this bright, modern home with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms will have you living in style for SXSW. The rustic house has original hardwood floors dating back to the 1920s, in addition to a cactus-lined patio and fire pit for unwinding post-festival. At this 3-story, 9-person home, you’ll be a quick drive from all of the SXSW festivities.  


4BR Designer Home in Mueller w/ Luxe Kitchen

Less than 5 miles from downtown, this bright, open property will become your home away from home during SXSW. The spacious, 4-bedroom/ 3 bathroom house is located in the residential Mueller neighborhood; it has an outdoor gas grill and patio, along with modern, upscale amenities. If you need peace, quiet, and relaxation after a busy SXSW day, you can lounge by the shared pool or head over to the Mueller Lake Park.


Barton Hills 3BR, 1 Mile to Zilker

With a colorful lofted living space and an expansive backyard patio, this 3-bedroom/ 3 bathroom home was seemingly built with the creative SXSW crowd in mind. The home, just 2 miles from the Austin Convention Center, can sleep up to 8 people. When you’re finished with the festival, you can prepare an al fresco dinner on the outdoor grill, or put your feet up and relax in the master bathroom jacuzzi.

Looking for a different type of vacation rental for SXSW? Headed somewhere else entirely for your spring break? Take a look at all of our rental properties here.

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