Natalia Rachlin

Austin Proper Hotel

  • Where:Austin, Texas
  • Why:A quick family getaway from Houston.
  • When:February, 2020
  • Who:The whole damn gang: me, my husband, and our two kids.
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The grand entrance, with all the cute staff in even cuter uniforms.

The bathrooms kept it simple, which is for the best, I think. Aesop products and a good robe. Nothing extra.

Mood lighting. Kids were in bed. Parents went cocktailing.

Pre-breakfast at The Peacock.

Golden hour at Goldie’s.

Our room, and that good Texan light.

Lux linens, super comfy mattress. No complaints bed-wise, aside from the fact that I would have liked to spend more time in it.

Lobby bar, before the crowds descended.

Same bar, another angle.

Pattern on pattern on pattern. Layering is in, haven’t you heard?

The gorgeous hotel lobby, notice the gingham ceiling, please.

Austin fan club.

A selection of ceramics in the lobby, do you think I could smuggle some home?

A stairway that leads down into the lobby. There’s a lot of good carpet in this place.

They didn’t go light on the wood around here. I’m into it.

In the reception, there’s plenty of good seating situations going on.

The flowers at Goldie’s were as good as the gin tonics.

The pool, only available to hotel guests.

The bar at the Mockingbird, I mean the tiling was just beyond.

Early morning, exterior of the Mockingbird, (with my husband on a work call).

Me and the babe, on our way into the Peacock.

Highs & Lows

  • Very kid friendly. Staff incredibly welcoming and helpful, there were no eye-rolls here.

  • Aesop products in big bottles - yummy products and less plastic waste, hooray! (though nothing to take home with ya, if that's your thing).

  • Lush, waffled bathrobes from Parachute.

  • Fab design by Kelly Wearstler throughout. No detail neglected.

  • There were only two coffee capsules for the in-room coffee machine: could be a bit more generous.

  • Room service menu a bit on the lighter side in terms of variety.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury

  • Vibe

    Urban cool, a bit of a techy crowd (Google and Apple have offices nearby) with a laid-back country western twist.

  • Location

    Dowtown Austin, with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby.

  • Rooms

    244

  • Purposeful Practices

    Yoga and other good bits, are offered at the gym, which also feature Reformer Pilates machines. Well-equipped, for sure. There's also a spa.

  • Music

    In the lobby yes, and it's vibey but not in your face.

  • Year Opened

    Soft launched in 2019, but really up and running now in 2020.

  • Designed By

    Kelly Wearstler.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes & Yes.

  • Restaurant

    The Peacock is the main spot, serving Eastern Mediterranean fare throughout the day, with a killer wine list. There's a bakery / cafe called The Mockingbird which is perfect for a morning coffee and croissant.

  • Bar

    There's the main bar in the lobby, which is very buzzy come cocktail hour. And Goldie's - a guest's only / reservation required sunken bar at the back of the hotel which is definitely worth a visit.

  • Minibar

    Nothing fancy, but did the trick.

  • Pet Friendly

    Very. Always dogs hanging in the lobby.

  • Children

    Definitely. Ours had the run of the place and the staff were super friendly and engaging.

  • Price

    Not inexpensive, but they run regular offers.

These guys make the beautiful uniforms for the hotel staff - and they're a local company. Awesome shop for those who like a linen vibe.

Esby Apparel

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These guys make the beautiful uniforms for the hotel staff - and they're a local company. Awesome shop for those who like a linen vibe.

Amazing fresh taxos, that are truly worth the line. Go early for lunch.

Nixta Taqueria

2512 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

Amazing fresh taxos, that are truly worth the line. Go early for lunch.

An Austin institution, an emporium of cowboy boots for any occassion.

Allens Boots

Allens Boots, South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA

An Austin institution, an emporium of cowboy boots for any occassion.

Austin Proper Hotel

600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Go for a morning run along the Colorado river, which is just ten minutes from the hotel. Gives you a great sense of the city, and nice views.

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Go for a morning run along the Colorado river, which is just ten minutes from the hotel. Gives you a great sense of the city, and nice views.

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