Hotel Ella

A stately Austin mansion
This stately property, formerly known as The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and reopened as Hotel Ella in September 2013.

The original structure is deeply rooted in Texas history.  Originally purchased in 1846, the building has been renovated several times to transform the property into the grand Greek Revival structure it is today.

Guests are greeted by a wraparound veranda, beveled glass windows and grand stone columns that were carved by the same mason who built the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville.

Black and white photos of notable Austinites grace the walls of the bar and parlor, while marble sculptures can be found around the property, starting with a larger-than-life Chanel purse at the entrance. These carefully curated works of art, while for sale, are also intended to be conversation pieces.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Hotel Ella occupies a perfectly central location for exploring both the University of Texas and trendy downtown Austin.
  • The hotel’s restaurant, Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar, offers globally inspired dishes with a Texas twist either à la carte or three courses prix fixe (starter, main and dessert) with optional wine pairings.
  • The stately Austin hotel is a masterful blend of styles, featuring Greek Revival architecture, a modern interior with smooth, clean lines and a neutral palette, touches of Art Deco in the décor alongside contemporary art pieces hung on the walls and displayed throughout the grounds.
  • The boutique hotel’s namesake, Ella Wooten, hired Neman Marcus to redesign the interior in the 1920s. Elements of this redesign can still be seen in the décor today, adding historic charm to the grand property.
Things to Know
  • In 1846, the property was purchased by Dr. Thomas Dudley Wooten, one of the founders of the University of Texas, who then gifted it to his son, Goodall, and new wife, Ella, in 1900, who renovated the building to create the grand structure that can be seen today.
  • Three blocks east of the Four-Star hotel is a popular section of Guadalupe Street known as “The Drag,” which is filled with vintage and other retail shops, casual eateries and bookshops.
  • Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar offers a classic brunch with a southwestern twist—like Goodall’s Hash with poached eggs, chorizo, carmelized onion, salsa verde and cotija cheese or chilaquiles, a dish of jalapeno honey braised chicken, cotija cheese and sunny side up eggs. 
  • A display case in the lobby boasts shimmering antique jewelry dating back to the 17th century, for sale and available to borrow for special events.
The Rooms
  • Hotel Ella has 47 guest rooms, 10 of which are suites. All include high-speed Internet, LED flat-screen televisions, minibar, same-day valet laundry, luxury linens, microfiber bathrobes and twice-daily housekeeping.
  • Five mansion lofts each have a queen-sized bed, while classic guest rooms have either a queen or king bed and all the amenities of a deluxe room, like mahogany furniture and a granite-topped writing desk.
  • Deluxe pool view rooms contain a king bed with sitting area, overlooking the cabana-lined lap pool and garden courtyard, while deluxe poolside rooms open up to a poolside, ivy-walled terrace with chaise lounges and bistro tables.
  • Four mansion petite suites are found on the second floor of the building each featuring a king bed, plush settee and Carrera marble bathrooms with walk-in showers complete with French doors that open to a private veranda overlooking the expansive yard.
The Restaurant
  • The Four-Star hotel’s restaurant, Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar serves up global cuisine with a Texas twist like bacon-wrapped roasted quail with garlic cream, roasted jalapeño and avocado or the aromatic cinnamon-smoked duck breast with butternut squash, caramelized pear and truffle consomme.
  • Don’t skip out on dessert at Goodall’s, featuring sweet treats like a decadent molten chocolate cake paired with banana sorbet and peanut butter ribbons, and a marzipan-inspired almond cake topped with basil cream and fresh berries.
  • The Ella Parlor Bar has an extensive menu of carefully crafted cocktails inspired by classics as well. The bar offers a menu from 2:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., with offerings such as baked ricotta with horseradish and broccoli beignets with lemon parmesan aioli.
  • In addition to delightful dinners, the Texas hotel’s restaurant serves up breakfast and lunch daily, featuring local favorites such as Chai spice French toast or the Pancho and Lefty, which contains all the makings of huevos rancheros in the morning, and lighter fare (think sandwiches and salads) in the afternoon.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
1900 Rio Grande Street, Austin, Texas 78705
AUS (18-26 min)  
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