Most downtown hotels we work with require a minimum stay of two to three nights during the peak of SXSW event dates. This is a contractual agreement with the hotel, so if you only need to stay one or two nights please make sure you read your reservation agreement carefully. You can also see if a hotel requires a minimum stay with your chosen hotel's "See All Amenities" link on the Hotel Availability page.
Most hotels charge a penalty for checking-out before your scheduled departure date after check-in. Avoid penalties by changing your checkout date 24 hours before checking into your hotel. If your hotel requires a minimum stay, you will be responsible for all nights required per your reservation agreement. The early check-out fee will apply after you’ve completed 3 nights of your stay.