CultureMap Austin -- Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has put out a list of the best hotels in Texas, and Austin can walk away with some bragging rights, with four local hotels making the top 15. Three are ones that you’d expect to find, but one could be a bit of a surprise, considering that it just reopened for business.
Of course, it's hardly surprising to that see iconic, distinctive Austin hotels such as The Driskill or Saint Cecilia made the cut with Condé Nast readers.
What is a bit more remarkable is the inclusion of Hotel Ella, as it opened its doors only recently after some extensive restorations. Originally built in the late 1800s by Dr. Goodall Wooten and his wife, Ella Wooten, the mansion was be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and in 1983 it opened its doors as the Chemical Dependency Treatment Center of Austin.
The house was turned into the Mansion at Judges’ Hill in 2003, but after exchanging hands again in 2012 and coming under the ownership of Stuart McManus, founder of Crystal Lake Capital LLC, it underwent yet another transformation. It appears that the changes and remodeling have already made quite the impression on travelers spending their getaways at Hotel Ella.