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Santa's Workshop at Hotel Ella

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Old Saint Nick is headed south once again to host his annual workshop, happening December 8th & 15th. Children of all ages are encouraged to kick-off the season of giving by donating to Caritas of Austin, in exchange for a free photo with Santa in the Ella Parlor. Be sure to make a reservation for our holiday brunch buffet in Goodall’s, and stick around for kids holiday crafts.

  • Photos with Santa: 11am-2pm, first come first served
  • Kid's Crafts: 11am-2pm, first come first served
  • Holiday Brunch Buffet: 10am-2pm, reservations & limited walk-in availability
A picture from the 1800s of men standing in front of the Texas capital building in Austin

Our Texas Roots

In 1910, Goodall asked Ella: Would she rather have a trip around the world, or have renovations made to the house? She chose both, then hired legendary Swiss carver, Peter Mansbendel, to craft the home’s intricate woodworking.



Works of Art

Art and style have been important components of Hotel Ella since the Goodall Wooten House, now home to the hotel, was constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Today, a diverse collection of Texas Modernist works grace the hotel grounds.



Salon Series

To honor the artistic roots of the property, Hotel Ella presents a monthly Salon Series that features inspiring Austin creatives from all disciplines. The goal of the series is to amuse, educate and provoke inspiring dialogue about art, literature, film and music. Hotel Ella's Salon Series is a free event and welcomes all members of the creative community.