This boutique hotel debuted amidst the rapidly gentrifying strip of East Cesar Chavez in 2012 and the hip hood has continued to flourish around the restored 1920s bungalow, elevating its desirable indie locale. The exterior, with a front porch and hanging basket chairs, is quaintly retro, and interiors are sleek and sophisticated with mid-century modern style and historic accents, like original long-leaf pine floors. Rooms, each slightly different, are split between the original bungalow and the second floor of an adjacent building, accessed by a communal courtyard. Popular shops and restaurants and the hive of East Sixth bars are within walking distance. You can also explore with the complimentary bicycles. Downtown is a short pedicab ride away. Full-property group rentals are available.
East Austin has a rich and storied past. It’s worth visiting the African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility (6-minute drive) to learn more about this beautiful neighborhood.
Guests can choose from seven posh rooms all featuring custom Western-modern furniture, Stearns & Foster mattress and art from local artists.
Complimentary locally roasted coffee is offered.
The gleaming bathrooms offer Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner and Archipelago Soy Milk soaps and lotion. A wall of alabaster porcelain and tiles make the gorgeous wooden cabinetry stand out.
Southwestern décor, Scandinavian furniture and welcoming staff welcome guests when they first arrive.
Hang out in the communal upstairs courtyard and front porch to make new friends.
Park your car and enjoy the sights and sounds of East Austin. It’s even easy to walk to Downtown Austin with a straight shot down Cesar Chavez Street. If walking isn’t your thing, a pedicab or Uber ride will be cheap and easy.
For pizza buffs, Bufalina (1-minute walk) is a must for wood-fired pizza and simple yet flavorful Italian dishes. A favorite with locals for years, VeraCruz All Natural Food Truck (2-minute walk) offers a healthy take on conventional Tex-Mex fare. P.S. Make sure to try their popular fish tacos! If you’re looking for something a little fancier, New American eatery Launderette (14-minute walk) is known for its delicious shareable plates in a breezy neighborhood setting.
For a little Big Apple in the Music Capital of the World try NYC-transplant Weather Up (4-minute walk) and its intricate cocktail and small plates menu. Drinks Lounge (6-minute walk), with it’s retro décor and divey atmosphere, is a great stop for visitors wanting something nitty-gritty and cheap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
East Austin is hanging fast, but this carefully designed boutique made sure not to stand out like a sore thumb. The proprietors took an already existing house and made it even more inviting. Heywood encourages its guests to enjoy the neighborhood and we love them for that.