In addition to being the capital of Texas, the city of Austin is a cultural hub drawing millions of visitors each year to its diverse music and film festivals, locally-owned shopping boutiques and world-renowned restaurants.

It’s also home to an ornate Greek revival mansion steps away from the University of Texas campus recently transformed into an upscale hotel.

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, Hotel Ella opened in 2013 with 47 stylish rooms and suites, a cabana-lined lap pool in the middle of a cozy courtyard and a distinctive collection of art displayed around the property. A handful of veranda rooms offer views of the expansive front lawn while others overlook the courtyard.

Hotel Ella also features Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar, an American-style bistro, and the Parlor Bar, which offers a wide selection of hand-crafted cocktails and a limited menu of snacks like smoked mac and cheese.

If you need a ride anywhere in the downtown Austin area, the valet staff has you covered. They provide complimentary transportation in their own fleet of Cadillac vehicles on an as-available basis.