Located in downtown Austin and walking distance to the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin’s original landmark estates. Constructed in 1900, the Greek revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers the perfect balance between modernity and a rich history rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood and the university. With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking our front lawn, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces perfectly suited for your vacation, wedding, corporate event and more.
In 1878, Thomas Dudley Wooten, one of the founders of the University of Texas, purchased the land on which Hotel Ella now sits. Wooten’s son, Goodall, moved into the home on the property in 1900 with his new wife, Miss Ella Newsome, who oversaw its transformation into the Greek revival structure you see today.
"You always know you're discovering something charming and new in Ella's dishes and her social events." - Social Editor, Austin American Statesman, 1922
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.
"An avid pistol collector, Goodall Wooten once owned one of the nation’s finest firearms collections. His world-renowned collection now resides at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, just three blocks away. However, you can still see his blunderbuss—and its namesake cocktail—in the Hotel Ella Parlor Bar."
Before the crowds filled high school stadiums on Friday night, there was untold history being made in those same arenas on other weeknights.
On Tuesday, October 23rd, hear the little known story of African American high school football in Texas with Hotel Ella’s Salon Series featuring guest speaker Michael Hurd. In his book, ‘Thursday Night Lights,’ Hurd pays tribute to the football programs that not only produced championship teams and exceptional players, but also lifted up a community during a time of segregation.