The growing Domain shopping district is known for its high-end retail and upscale dining, so it’s refreshing that the area’s newest boutique hotel, inspired by retro motor courts, is more affordable and approachable. Rooms, centered around an outdoor pool and courtyard, feature trendy “retro-ranch” interiors, with stylish throwbacks, like full-sized SMEG refrigerators, alongside Lone Star accents like sliding barn doors to the bathroom. An onsite food truck offers an all-day menu and the Watering Trough bar and café provides a free daily breakfast, dinner service, and live music Wednesday to Saturday.
Mid-century modern furniture and design with splashes of Robin’s egg blue, coral and mustard which add to the retro look.
Business traveler or thinking of getting married? The hotel can accommodate business events and weddings.
Sunny lighting accentuates the sleek black and white tile work and minimalist design.
Lots of metal and lots of wood in this barn-meets-contemporary museum lobby. The hotel might be relatively new, but the architects did a fantastic job of bringing you into rustic Texas. Western furniture and friendly staff welcome guests at the door.
Fixed in the middle of the compound, the pod-shaped pool is the perfect hang out spot to catch some sun or people watch.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests are encouraged to roast s’mores in the hotel’s courtyard.
Located next to 100 upscale restaurants and stores, there’s plenty to see and do within walking distance. Since The Domain is located 11 miles north of downtown, you’ll want to take an Uber or taxi to get anywhere else.
A growing national chain, Flower Child (15-minute walk) offers healthy food with an emphasis on sustainability. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and natural meats are available. Unconventional yet familiar Thai fare is available at Thai-Kun (12-minute walk)--the first brick-and-mortar of the popular food truck.
Feel like a Parisian and sip champagne and wine at the French-inspired Toulouse (15-minute walk), or get some bowling, karaoke, and beer in at the adult playground known as Punch Bowl Social (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Bright and cheery, this retro spot will make you smile and long for a simpler time. The vintage sheen and Western décor is comforting—you half expect to see Howdy Doody hanging in the lobby. Though the hotel feels like a step back into time, it’s also smack dead in the middle of modern-day life and it’s easy to indulge in a Whole Foods lunch, a movie or a shopping spree nearby.