Are you a digital creative wanting to come to Austin next month for all the career-enhancing connections and incredible content at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival? If so, then you will need a place to stay while you are in town. While all the official SXSW hotel blocks are sold out during the March 6-12 timeframe, many alternative housing markets remain open. In other words, you still have plenty of options!
Austin residents have been enthusiastic about offering their homes as short-term rentals -- so a little legwork on sites like HomeAway.com, VRBO.com or FlipKey.com might get you the perfect bungalow or condominium. Hint: search for locations like Downtown, East 6th/East Caesar Chavez, Clarksville, West Campus, South Congress, South First, South Lamar, and the zip codes 78704, 78703, 78701 and 78702.
Also, a little research on individual hotel brand websites could turn up a room that will suit you to a T. Or check online travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, or Kayak. At this point, the SXSW group rate won’t be available to you, but the accommodations are the important thing. You might also browse the SXSW Housing FAQ for Austin-area hotel ideas. For other alternative housing ideas, please contact the SXSW Housing Department by email or by phone (512-467-7979)
If you end up staying outside downtown, please remember that the Austin public transportation service Capitol Metro will supplement bus service and increases urban rail during SXSW. This urban rail system provides the perfect way to get to the Austin Convention Center from outlying areas, without having to worry about downtown parking. In fact, the final downtown stop for the urban rail system will deposit you directly in front of the Austin Convention Center.
One way or another, buying a badge and taking part in the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to take your new media career to the next level via generous helpings of creativity, innovation and inspiration. So, please spend a few minutes investigating these alternative lodging options and you will be completely set for taking advantage of all that the event has to offer!