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The Ruby Hotel and Bar

by Megan DuBois
Photo: Courtesy of the property
by Megan DuBois
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The Ruby Hotel and Bar is a secluded spot where you can enjoy family time without the hustle of Austin. While touring the site in 2016, the hotel owners found a partial love letter in a pile of leaves and trash with the words "Dearest Ruby" — and the rest is history. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of the Ruby Hotel and Bar

It's All in the Details

The Ruby Hotel and Bar is a modern hotel along Brushy Creek. The airy lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow plenty of natural light to flood in. There are also several common areas for guests to enjoy while taking in the waterfront views. Additionally, the family-friendly hotel boasts large open lawns for kids to run around and play games. 

The Vibe at The Ruby Hotel and Bar

From the moment you arrive, the laid-back atmosphere is evident. The hotel is modern with black railings, stairs, and main focal points around the main building, such as a large red sign above the lobby. The on-site Ruby Bar is perfect for happy hour and weekend brunch. 

Meanwhile, the pool deck feels more like a familiar backyard than an upscale pool, making it much more inviting for families and groups.

Who Will Love The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Families with younger children and couples will appreciate a stay here the most. The expansive communal lawns are ideal for running around and playing lawn games. Families will also love the large, vibrant pool deck, which is perfect for lounging. Couples can enjoy a cozy cocktail by the fireplace at the bar before retreating to their room. 

Who Might Not Love The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Business travelers or those looking for resort-style accommodations with plenty of on-site activities should stay elsewhere. The hotel mainly caters to smaller groups, such as couples and families. 

Best Amenity at The Ruby Hotel and Bar

The on-site bar – which occupies a renovated 1960s-era home with a patio overlooking Brushy Creek – is the hotel's best amenity. Enjoy light bites and libations at the bar or in the nearby living-room-style, fireplace-equipped lounge.

Money Matters 

What's Included at The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Included with a stay at the Ruby Hotel and Bar is free wifi, along with access to the outdoor pool, fitness center, and Ruby Bar. Each room is also equipped with a private balcony. 

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Typical hotel fees and taxes should be expected. 

How to Get a Deal at The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Discounts can be hard to come by at the Ruby Hotel and Bar. However, the hotel currently offers discounts for those who decline housekeeping service on stays two nights or longer. Special rates are also available for Round Rock Chamber members, AAA members, military personnel, first responders, government employees, and those attending funerals. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Dell Diamond (which is home to an AAA minor league baseball team and Round Rock Sports Center) is just a few miles away from the hotel. Downtown Round Rock and The Grove on Brushy Creek are also nearby. 

Nearest Airport to The Ruby Hotel and Bar

Austin–Bergstrom International Airport is about a 30-minute drive from the property. 

The Bottom Line

Families and couples will enjoy the Ruby Hotel and Bar for its exceptional service and laid-back, homey ambiance.

It's All in the Details