The Best Texas Hill Country Hotels

The Trueheart Hotel, our top pick, offers a quintessential Texas experience

The Brazos River and Texas Hill Country, Waco Texas

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The Rundown

Since everything’s bigger in Texas—including the cities and traffic—it’s no wonder that locals and visitors alike flock to Texas Hill Country for an escape from the big-town hustle and bustle. While what constitutes “Hill Country” isn’t clearly defined, locals agree that it’s the rural region stretching west of Austin and north of San Antonio. The area is known for its historically Spanish and German influences, wide-open spaces and outdoor activities, and a springtime covered in oceans of bluebonnets. 

Gillespie County, and the town of Fredericksburg in particular, are the heart of this region. Making that area your basecamp allows for days spent hiking Enchanted Rock, visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (which protects the birthplace, ranch, and final resting place of the 36th president of the United States), touring fields of wildflowers at Wildseed Farms, tasting wines, picking seasonal produce straight from the vine, exploring museums and art galleries, and shopping for western ware and antiques. Read on for our expert list of the best Texas Hill Country hotels.

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Best Overall: The Trueheart Hotel

The Trueheart Hotel

The Trueheart Hotel

Why We Chose It

When it comes to Texas Hill Country hotels, there’s no more quintessential experience than staying in a replica of a traditional Sunday House—and this one is right in the heart of town.

Pros
  • Steps away from Main Street

  • Traditional Sunday House experience

  • No children under 16

Cons
  • Can be noisy

  • Not pet friendly

When German immigrants settled in Texas Hill Country during the mid-1800s, they were given rural parcels of land to live and work on. It wasn’t an easy trek into town, but they needed regular visits to sell their goods, conduct business, meet with friends, and attend church. So where would they spend the night on these weekend trips? Their solution was to build what became known as “Sunday houses” on small plots of land in town. These tiny second dwellings—usually consisting of a combined kitchen and living room downstairs and a sleeping loft upstairs—were their weekend place of residence. Today, you’ll find many original Sunday Houses around Fredericksburg, alongside replicas that are used as hotels and bed and breakfasts.

The Trueheart Hotel is one such example, featuring a fully restored historical main house (with guest rooms boasting original wood floors and other architectural details) and seven replicated cottages. Each cottage is decorated with unique features, from rocking chairs on the porch and jetted tubs to gas fireplaces and outdoor rain showers. When you’re feeling social, the outdoor limestone fireplace is a great gathering spot for guests, as is the covered patio running alongside the creek.   

Notable Amenities

  • Tesla charging station
  • Some units have private outdoor showers
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Best for Privacy: Outlot 201

Outlot 201

Outlot 201

Why We Chose It 

Reacquaint yourself with nature at these replica Sunday Houses set on a semi-secluded farm—it’s the perfect spot for romance, solitude, and stargazing.

Pros
  • Separate bedroom and living area

  • Quiet, rural setting

Cons
  • Not walkable to town

  • Unpaved parking lot

Outlot 201 offers a Sunday House experience in the form of three modern, farmhouse-style cottages on the outskirts of town. While the serene setting feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, it’s really just a five-minute drive away. Guests are treated to a king-size bed, walk-in shower, free-standing tub, flat-screen TV, living room, and a butler’s pantry complete with a microwave, fridge, electric tea kettle, and snacks. A sliding barn door separates the bedroom and bathroom from the living room and kitchen to create two distinct spaces. 

Pour a glass of wine and make your way to the Adirondack chairs surrounding a gas fire pit on the back patio. Here, you’ll overlook a pasture filled with sheep and even hear the occasional hee-haw of a donkey or crow of a rooster. (The white-noise machine provided on your nightstand comes in handy for light sleepers.)

Notable Amenities

  • Butler’s pantry stocked with homemade banana bread, fruit, yogurt, granola, waters, milk, and juice
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Best Budget: Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

Why We Chose It

Affordable rooms, included breakfast, on-site swimming pools, and close proximity to town means plenty of value for the budget-minded traveler. 

Pros
  • 2 pools

  • In-room fridge and microwave

  • Walking distance to Main Street

Cons
  • Can be noisy

  • Rooms lack character

Guests of Fredericksburg Inn & Suites can have the best of both worlds: a five-minute walk to Main Street when it’s time to explore and the scenic silence of five tree-covered acres along Barons Creek when it’s time to relax and recharge. This pet-friendly motel comes with in-room coffee makers, flat-screen televisions, and a fridge and microwave. The outdoor spaces of this property are a highlight, complete with two swimming pools, a hot tub, volleyball area, open-air gazebo, two fireplaces, a garden, and scenic picnic area.

Texas Hill Country hotels are known for hospitality. With budget and value in mind, this property delivers a slew of freebies, including a full complimentary breakfast, soft drinks that are served all day long in the Sunday House, Wi-Fi, Starbucks coffee in the guestrooms, and complimentary parking. 

Notable Amenities

  • 1 of 2 pools is heated
  • Waterslide 
  • Open-air gazebo (with a fireplace and TV)
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Best Luxury: Hoffman Haus

Hoffman Haus

Hoffman Haus

Why We Chose It

This bed and breakfast is a peaceful oasis within Fredericksburg, brimming with personalized touches and thoughtful amenities.

Pros
  • Gourmet breakfast included

  • In-room dining service available

  • Toiletries are from a local boutique

Cons
  • Special events on-site can be noisy

Envelop yourself in the lap of luxury at the Hoffman Haus, where each detail has been carefully curated. Rooms are styled in muted palettes and adorned with natural fabrics and antiques for a soothing ambiance. Choose from Sunday Houses and farmhouses that date back to the 1800s, suites and standalone cottages featuring Texas architectural elements and views of a limestone fountain, and queen or king rooms with French doors and wooden rocking chairs. Each room is supplied with local bath products, free-trade coffee and organic teas, a tea kettle, coffeemaker, mini-fridge and microwave, DVD player, flat-screen TV with cable, and WiFi. 

Stays come with a complimentary gourmet breakfast that’s locally sourced and changes with the seasons; it's delivered to your room in a picnic basket. For the ultimate relaxation, head over to the onsite day spa to indulge in your choice of massages, foot reflexology, or aromatherapy treatments. 

Notable Amenities

  • Garden and koi pond
  • Cooking demos and private classes
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Best Historical Touches: Hangar Hotel

Hangar Hotel

Hangar Hotel

Why We Chose It

Catering to adults only, this aviation-themed property looks like a WWII hangar and displays plenty of memorabilia and USO history complete with a 1940s vibe. 

Pros
  • Adults only

  • Adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport

Cons
  • 3 miles from Main Street

  • All rooms have king-size beds

  • No in-room fridge or coffee maker

So, a bougie boutique hotel isn’t your speed? Don’t worry: Texas Hill Country hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Fredericksburg has a rich military history (which you can learn more about at the National Museum of the Pacific War on Austin Street), so it’s only fitting that a hotel attached to an airstrip has found a creative way to romanticize the era. The architecture of the hotel most closely resembles an old wooden hangar at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, while the large guest rooms feature WWII décor befitting of a 1940s officer’s quarters and king-sized beds. 

The west-facing second-floor deck provides the perfect spot to watch the sunset, along with small aircraft (from single-engine planes to multi-engine jets) and helicopters taking off and landing. Breakfast or lunch at the Airport Diner is a must (try the Bomber Burger or Whirly Bird Wrap), as is a mid-afternoon shake or malt made with local ice cream. 

Notable Amenities

  • Observation deck to watch aircraft 
  • The Officer’s Club, a full-service bar with a pool table and live music
  • Onsite 1940s-themed diner
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Best for Families: Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Why We Chose It

Think of Horseshoe Bay Resort as a vacation destination, rather than simply accommodations; there’s no shortage of fun activities and experiences for the whole family. 

Pros
  • Award-winning golf courses

  • Private home rentals available

  • Health club, spa, and salon services

Cons
  • Pricey

  • Dress code for dining room and golf courses

Texas Hill Country is known for beautiful lakes, including Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (technically a reservoir on the Colorado River). And on its sandy shores, you’ll find the Horseshoe Bay Resort, a sprawling 400-room property with so many amenities that your whole family could easily spend their entire vacation onsite (plus, it was named part of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Magazine). There’s a kid’s club with a full itinerary of adventures for children up to age 12 and a youth tennis camp, kayaking and paddle board rentals, pontoon and ski boat rentals, fishing tours for Largemouth and Guadalupe bass, three award-winning golf courses, tennis, and pickleball, a fitness center and spa, shops, and five restaurants ranging from family-friendly to fine dining. 

Guests have plenty of room choices to fit a family of any size, from upscale rooms and suites in the Tower and one-, two-, or three-bedroom vacation villas to the lakeside condo and private home rentals. Be on the lookout for complimentary events, such as a “Squak Talk and Tortoise Connection” meet and greet with exotic animals, evening s’mores treats on the lawn, and a summer concert series. 

Notable Amenities

  • 3 swimming pools, 2 private beaches, and a lakeside swim-up bar
  • Private airport with 6,000-foot lighted runway for personal and business aircraft
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Best Relaxation: Sage Hill Inn & Spa

Sage Hill Inn & Spa

Sage Hill Inn & Spa

Why We Chose It

The sage Hill Inn & Spa is beloved among locals and out-of-towners alike for its picturesque beauty and lovely accommodations.

Pros
  • Breakfast and dinner included

  • Rich wildlife (wild turkey, foxes, birds, deer and antelope)

  • Rooms stocked with complimentary drinks

Cons
  • May hear noisy neighbors, especially if there’s a unit above you

Nestled on nearly 90 acres of rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and swaths of candy-colored flowers, the Sage Hill Inn & Spa is beloved among locals and out-of-towners alike for its picturesque beauty and lovely accommodations. Though this boutique bed-and-breakfast is just a 20-minute drive from the bustling outskirts of Austin, near the adorable town of Wimberley, it feels like a serene, private oasis that’s about as far away from the city as the moon. 

The Sage Hill Inn has 20 individually decorated units, including several luxury suites and a smattering of private cottages for those who need the extra space. At the main house, guests can chow down on delicious meals (continental breakfast and three-course dinner are included in the room rate), indulge in a treatment at the revamped Garden Spa facility, or take a relaxing soak in the new 14-person hot tub on the pool deck (talk about the perfect post-Hill Country hike activity!) The sunsets here are particularly breathtaking—evenings are best spent with a glass of local wine in hand, enjoying the peaceful views. 

Notable Amenities

  • Onsite spa
  • Onsite restaurant uses vegetables grown on the property and other local ingredients
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Best B&B: Comal Inn

Comal Inn

Comal Inn

Why We Chose It

When you think of Texas Hill Country hotels, beds and breakfasts come to mind. The Comal Inn has almost exclusively 5-star reviews and is within walking distance of the most notable attractions in New Braunfels.

Pros
  • Walking distance to historic downtown and Schlitterbahn Water Park

  • Across the street from public entrance to Comal River

  • Innkeepers born and raised in New Braunfels, live on property

Cons
  • No on-site dining beyond breakfast

  • No pets allowed

New Braunfels sits across from the Comal River which winds through town (the other is the Guadalupe) and it's ideal for summers spent tubing, kayaking, rafting, boating, and fishing. The property has two private cottages complete with full kitchens, two bedrooms, and pull-out sofas ideal for larger families or groups. For smaller parties, choose from four well-appointed, one-room cottages that sleep up to four. Located within a quiet neighborhood, the grounds have manicured lawns, comfortable porches, and garden seating.  

When you’re itching to explore the area, you’re just a short walk from the New Braunfels Main Plaza (where you’ll find plenty of shopping and restaurants) and a mile from America’s best water park, Schlitterbahn. Three miles down the road, you’ll find Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, and a local hangout featuring live music daily.

Final Verdict

With so many worthy Texas Hill Country hotels from which to choose, your decision will likely come down to amenities, proximity to activities, and your travel style. Want a romantic and slightly off-the-beaten-path Sunday House? Choose Outlot 201 without hesitation. If you’re seeking a resort-style vacation that’ll keep the entire family busy, Horseshoe Bay Resort is calling your name. Plan on flying into Texas Hill Country on your private jet? The Hangar Hotel is awaiting your arrival. And for a simple place to rest your head and your wallet, the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites delivers. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to have a lovely getaway.

Compare the Best Texas Hill Country Hotels

Property Resort Fee Rates Rooms WiFi
The Trueheart Hotel Best Overall None $$ 13 Free
Outlot 201 Best for Privacy None $$ 3 Free
Fredericksburg Inn & Suites Best Budget None $ 103 Free
Hoffman Haus Best Luxury None $$ 23 Free
Hangar Hotel Best Historical Touches None $$ 50 Free
Horseshoe Bay Resort Best for Families $35 $$$ 400 Free
Sage Hill Inn & Spa Best Relaxation None $$$ 16 Free
Comal Inn Best B&B None $ 6 Free

Methodology

We evaluated three dozen hotels throughout the Texas Hill Country region, with special emphasis on Gillespie County (as it's known as the heart of the region). To determine the best of the best for the chosen categories, we considered the hotel’s reputation and quality of service, proximity to area attractions, and sought-after amenities. We also assessed the property’s historical relevance, thoughtful small-town touches, and privacy. In addition to customer reviews, we noted each of the hotel’s sanitation and cleanliness measures.

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