published on June 21, 2012
The Heywood Hotel in East Austin is the newest boutique hotel on the block, moving into a part of town that is undergoing exceptional growth and change. Described by its proprietors as creative, easy going, thoughtful, and cool, just like Austin, this “unique boutique” is modern and charming. Heywood is close enough to downtown Austin to make the town’s famed nightlife and shopping easily accessible, especially thanks to free bikes for guests to check out and the Number 17 bus right outside.
Each of the hotel’s “lucky 7” rooms gives guests a custom experience based on their style, budget, or mood. Depending on the room, one can find hardwood floors, decorative fireplaces, wet bars, tall ceilings, luxury tubs, and more. Amenities in each room include locally roasted coffee and a selection of Mighty Leaf teas, a room safe, refrigerator, flat screen TVs with cable, free wifi, a Squeezebox internet jukebox, unique furnishings, Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner, and Archipelago soy milk soaps and lotion. Guests also can leave those bulky items at home because rooms come with hair dryers and irons. Throughout the hotel, visitors can find the works of local artisans, most of which can be arranged for purchase.
Guests often leave much more relaxed than when they arrived at the Heywood Hotel, thanks to two standout amenities. The Stearns & Foster Estate Collection luxury mattresses and decadent sheets with fluffy down comforters make for a truly cloud-like sleeping experience, and the showers have skylights that peer into the trees, transporting guests into a natural oasis. These two features will have anyone feeling like they are staying at a guest house in an Austin luxury home enclave.
Guests at the Heywood can find themselves receiving special attention not just from the staff, but also from one of the owners, Kathy, who often can be found enjoying a beer with visitors. Anyone wanting a new, different experience during their visit to Austin would find a great place in the Heywood Hotel.
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