Alternative Housing

Demand for hotel rooms downtown is high and many downtown hotels have sold out for the first half of SXSWeek. While SXSW Housing & Travel is the best way to book, as our rates are secure and our team can give you the support you need for your stay during SXSW. If our hotel availability doesn’t suit your needs, see our recommended alternative housing options below.

Alternative Housing

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If our hotels are not available for your dates and the Housing Department hasn’t found a good solution at another hotel or through a wait-list request, consider a Short Term Rental (STR) option. We currently recommend:

The Guild

Welcome to your neighborhood! The Guild combines the best of luxury travel with all the comforts of being a local. Their spacious 900 square foot plus apartments are impressively appointed with a fashion-forward design while containing all the necessary items that make you feel at home. Accommodations include coffee makers, flatware, cups, glasses, hair dryers, washer/dryer, etc. All of their locations are top of line modern buildings in downtown Austin, featuring a full slate of amenities including pools, workout facility, wifi, business office and common areas.

On top of that, they layer their White Glove in the Cloud concierge service to make sure every need is taken care of. They can fully stock your fridge pre-arrival with any item of your choosing, and use a text based system to communicate with guests so that anything you need is available at the touch of a button. Need a rideshare? The Guild has their own private fleet of drivers to assist you. Simply let them know how they can be of service.

The Guild’s SXSW specific apartments come in two flavors: (a) one bedroom King Suites and (b) one bedroom King Suite that includes a queen sized bed in the den for extra sleeping capacity. Option A sleeps 2 while Option B sleeps 4.

Ready to go? Visit their website or send an inquiry to


Oasis pioneered the Home Meet Hotel concept in Buenos Aires in 2009, combining the comfort and privacy of home with the service and convenience of a hotel. Their on-the-ground concierge team meets you at your home away from home and grants you insider access in Austin via their “local perks” program, city recommendations, and a network of private members clubs.

Homes range in size from studio apartments to 5+ bedroom houses. And if you’re not sure exactly which home is right for you, their Reservation Agents know Austin like the back of their hands, so they can help you find the perfect place to stay. To book, peruse the Oasis web site and then send your request to is the world’s first and only accommodations search engine to combine traditional hotel sites with vacation rentals, and various other types of accommodations like couch surfing sites and even RV parks. Save time by searching all the rental accommodations in the Austin area via this single, fast, and well-designed search engine.

HomeAway is the world’s most comprehensive, trusted source for vacation rentals. They help business and leisure travelers alike find and reserve great accommodations to meet the needs of their stay.

The beautiful residences on their website — homes, condominiums, and more — feature homelike amenities, privacy, and usually more space than a typical hotel room. HomeAway’s goal is to help you find the right environment for an unforgettable SXSW.

Interested in offering your home as a short-term rental? List your place for FREE on HomeAway. Only pay when you get a booking.

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SXSW Hotel Availability

Get the lowest rates in Austin for SXSW by booking with the SXSW Housing Department and conference rates. Once you’re registered you’ll be able to make your hotel request from your SXsocial account or SXSW Shopping Cart.

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