• Columns outside Hotel Ella

Hotel Ella

Our Story

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.

A picture from the 1800s of men standing in front of the Texas capital building in Austin

Texas Roots

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

Texas Modernist artwork featured in Hotel Ella

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.

"An avid pistol collector, Goodall Wooten once owned one of the nation’s finest firearms collections. Guests can still see his blunderbuss—and its namesake cocktail—in the Hotel Ella Parlor Bar."