Jet Set Pet
Family Vacation Packages
Spa & Wellness Packages
Romantic & Honeymoon Packages
Fall Travel Packages
Beach & Island Resorts
5-Star City Hotels
Adventure & Eco Lodges
Boutique City Hotels
Country House Hotels
Safari Camps & Lodges
Golf Resorts & Lodges
Spa Resorts & Wellness Retreats
Ski Resorts & Lodges
Wine Country Getaways
Hot Hotel Openings
Cruises & Yachting
Private Jet Travel
Bars & Nightclubs
Wine & Spirits
Spa & Wellness Retreats
Beach and Resortwear
Beauty and Fragrance
Luggage and Handbags
Watches & Jewelry
Wine and Spirits
World's Most Expensive
Hotel Ella Opens Today in Austin, Texas
October 5, 2013
A gorgeous Greek Revival property built at the turn of the 20th century by notable Austinites, Dr. Goodall and Ella Wooten, it is only fitting that the hotel's grand opening coincides with what would be the couple's 116th wedding anniversary.
“I'm most excited about paying homage to the couple through what we think their home would have been like today,” says General Manager Steve Shotsberger. “I cannot wait to welcome guests to our ‘uniquely Austin' property and hear their feedback.”
Dr. Wooten was an avid collector, Renaissance man and founder of the University of Texas, while his wife Ella served as one of the city's most trend-setting philanthropists. She was one of the first women to attend the University of Texas, and became the first woman to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She received a medal for donating more than 8,000 Red Cross volunteer hours in WWI and played host to Austin's most exclusive fetes. Together, the couple was the inspiration for Hotel Ella's excellence in design, hospitality and service.
Hotel Ella is minutes away from all things Austin, just three blocks west of the University of Texas campus and a short distance from the Central Business District, Warehouse District and Sixth Street. Completed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the hotel's redesign features 48 elegant yet comfortable guestrooms, inclusive of 10 impressive suites, that embody the spirit of sophisticated, sleek design and never lose sight of well-preserved grand mansion elements. Guests experience impeccable service and amenities that fall in line with the refinement, style, and welcoming nature for which Ella Wooten was so well-known. Even pets experience the ultimate luxury at this dog-friendly hotel.
Captivating public spaces include a cabana-lined lap pool with bar access and surrounding courtyard, a wrap-around veranda overlooking an expansive front lawn, and spacious gathering rooms perfect for meetings and events. Just under 3,600 square feet, the Grand Ballroom is divisible into three separate spaces and creates an ideal venue for events, ranging from meetings to weddings. Original crown moldings and mantle work, replicas of the Wootens' vast collections, stunning artwork and sculpture honoring Austin's rich history all make incredible backdrops for social gatherings.
Hotel Ella will also serve as home to signature restaurant, Goodall's Kitchen & Bar, an elevated neighborhood concept serving familiar, timeless dishes with an updated twist from executive chef and James Beard Foundation member, Scott Mechura. The restaurant and bar will also feature an impressive beer and wine list, along with a craft cocktail menu known as “Dr. Wooten's Remedies & Prescriptions,” which will satisfy all discerning thirsts and palettes.
Hotel Ella is a short 20-minute drive from Austin International Airport. The hotel's Cadillac Escalade or sedan offers transportation to and from the airport for a small fee, and ground transportation within a three-mile radius of the hotel is complimentary on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hotel Ella is the only property in Texas that is a member of the exclusive group, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Rates begin at $249. For more information and to make reservations, please call (512) 495-1800 or visit
Sign-up for Our Email Newsletter
FIND A LUXURY HOTEL & BOOK WITH EXCLUSIVE PERKS!
Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent & the Grenadines
St. Kitts & Nevis
Turks & Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Food & Wine
Shopping & Fashion
Spa & Wellness
Wineries / Wine Tasting
Luxo Italia - Curated Luxury Travel in Italy
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa - Rancho Santa Fe, California - One of the West’s most sought-after five star resorts
The Ranch Italy at Palazzo Fiuggi - The Ranch Malibu brings its award winning wellness program just 50 minutes from Rome.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac - Quebec City, Canada - Breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River and the UNESCO Old fortified city
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel - Santa Barbara, California - Experience timeless Californian glamor.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa - Lakeside retreat 2-1/2 hours north of Toronto
Luxury Camp - Italy - On the beach a half hour from Venice's historic center
Come Together Wellness - Rest, Restore & Explore on Kauai
Porto Zante Villas & Spa - Zakynthos, Greece - The leading villa resort in Europe
Hotel Saint James - Paris, France - Relais & Chateaux - The only chateau-hotel in Paris, an architectural jewel tucked away in the 16th.
Dude Ranchers Association - An all-inclusive vacation experience like no other
VOYAGES MAGAZINE - Cruising the World in Style
Trump International Hotel Waikiki - Five-star amenities steps from the beach
The Luxury of Simplicity in Japan: Exceptional Resorts in Tochigi’s Nikko Area
The Kayon Jungle Resort - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia - a sanctuary of tropical indulgence.
Red Savannah: Luxury Villas and Tailor-Made Holidays
Grand Hotel Portovenere - Cinque Terre - Discover this beautiful region of Italy!
JUP - Personal Service for Buying and Selling Real Estate in Jupiter, Florida
Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection - Costa Rica
Relais Christine - Paris, France - Relais & Chateaux - A secret, tranquil world in the heart of Paris' Left Bank
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii - Beachfront Resort
1900 Inn on Montford - a historic, four-diamond bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina
Home in Italy: The Finest Collection of Luxury Villas Since 1994
CordeValle - A luxury retreat in a picturesque setting in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California
Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort - Porto Ercole, Tuscany, Italy
A.M.A Selections - Luxury Villa Rentals throughout Europe
Silversea - Experience All-Inclusive Ultra-Luxury Cruises
The St. Regis Deer Valley - Park City, Utah - Exhilarating activities in the summer and the winter