For all its self-proclaimed weirdness, to us, Austin is just plain wonderful. Passported's Nicole returned from a recent trip with some serious love for the city's newest boutique sleeps — Hotel Van Zandt and South Congress Hotel.
Located adjacent to the cutest bars you've ever seen on Rainey Street, the brand new Hotel Van Zandt is an ideal place to take in the capitol city. This Kimpton property has 319 rooms, a lobby lounge with classic vinyl turntables, and the hottest hotel rooftop pool in town. The decor is modern and stylish and the rooms are comfortable with local touches like wallpaper that maps out old Austin. The restaurant, Geraldine's, has delicious American food and live music 365 days a year! Yes, you read that correctly. So very Austin. This hotel takes the city's musical scene seriously, so much so that they have a full-time music curator on staff who handpicks the hotel playlists (different in every elevator) and selects the up-and-coming acts that take the stage each evening. There's even a special sound-system in the pool, so you can hear a classical concerto underwater and the latest pop tunes above. This is a great pick for a couple in town for a fun weekend or a family looking for a more stylish stay.
This brand new hotel is located in the already too-cool-for-school South Congress neighborhood. After being greeted by bearded bellhops in dark denim, you enter an Instagram-worthy lobby complete with mid-century modern furniture and Brooklyn loft vibe. The hotel's eateries are hipster Meccas, from the casual Cafe No Sé, open all day, to the Central Standard grill, Mañana for the cold-pressed juices, and coming soon, Otoko from top chef winner, Paul Qui. The hotel also features Sunroom, a gorgeous women's boutique, Revival Cycles, a vintage motorcycle shop, and Austin's first location of the dreamiest nail spa, Tenoverten (a fav with the Passported NYC team). Rooms look industrial chic, mixing wooden and metal details. There's also a 2nd-floor pool with a bar for lounging in the Austin heat. It's a perfect pick for urbanites looking for a sleek and stylish experience in the Lone Star state.
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