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Boutique Hotels Spotlight Austin Charm

published on June 5, 2012

A metropolitan city like Austin has every chain hotel most travelers can recognize, but boutique hotels make Austin’s hotel-scape unique and cater to travelers who’d prefer to experience Austin luxury. People visiting friends or family in Austin, stopping for business, or looking for a permanent spot to call home, have hotel options that range from zen to modern art to downtown chic. Below are a few Austin boutique hotel options: 

Kimber Modern 

kimber modern hotel austinFor the independent traveler seeking a unique escape, the Kimber Modern, in South Austin close to the Olympic Heights neighborhood, holds particular appeal. The clean lines of this architectural work of art tucked within the vibrant South Congress district coupled with abundant light filtered through a canopy of oaks in the artfully landscaped courtyard create a beautiful space for travelers. Owners Kimber Cavendish and Vicki Faust set out to build a hotel that is modern, private, and architecturally significant…Here you’ll have all the comfort of the finest hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast.” 

Hotel San Jose 

hotel san jose austinThe Hotel San Jose is located on South Congress Avenue, nestled behind stucco walls in the heart of the hippest neighborhood in Austin. The San Jose has been remodeled into an urban, bungalow-style hotel.  Built in 1939 as an “ultramodern motor court,” it now features bare concrete walls under red tile roofs, and crushed granite walkways traversing a courtyard garden planted with native vegetation. The former motel rooms and bungalows have been redesigned in a modern style with queen beds, white bathrooms, and writing desks. 

The Austin Motel

Family owned and operated since 1938, the vintage-darling hotel of Austin, Austin Motel, invites you to share one of 41 unique affordable rooms and a 50’s style pool. Located not far from Barton Creek, the Austin Motel has the perfect location for shopping, dining, clubbing, bat watching and generally enjoying what Austin has to offer. The Austin Motel’s history is routed in the roadside motels that grew alongside the public highway system, when travelers could drive right up to their room. Today, guests can leave their room to walk right out onto the always busy South Congress Avenue. 


The one of a kind suites and unique décor exemplify the Zen lifestyle at the Casulo Hotel. High ceilings, extra wide hallways, and spacious rooms help travelers or new Austinites relax while away from home. A waterfall waits in the distinctive baths, complete with rain shower heads and an extra-long six foot bath.The Casulo Hotel places guests in a luxurious and convenient location between Austin’s airport and vibrant downtown scene, not far from the Circle C neighborhood. When tired from a day or night on the town, the hotel offers a quiet rest with a lounge inspired by Zen naturalness.  

Hotel Saint Cecilia 

Hotel Saint Cecilia is a secluded estate in Austin’s South Congress district.  Named in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, these accommodations take inspiration from the experimentation of 60’s writers like William Burroughs, the daring and extravagance of groups like the Stones in the early 70’s, and the defiance of convention embodied by artists like Miro and Warhol in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Each of the five distinct suites, six poolside bungalows, and three studios that span this private wooded property have been designed and furnished to stir the poet and artist in every guest. 

Heywood Hotel

Heywood Hotel AustinHeywood Hotel is located in the middle of the vibrant East Austin neighborhood, surrounded by local restaurants, lounges, and shops, and is an easy walk to downtown, Sixth Street, the Convention Center, and Lady Bird Lake. The art filled hotel offers seven distinct guest rooms, each with custom architecture, well designed furniture, and a private bath with luxury tub. Included are a host of free property-wide amenities, including coffee service, wifi, bicycles, parking, internet jukebox and local music, design, art, and artisan crafts throughout the property.

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