Natalia Rachlin

Austin Proper Hotel

  • Where:
  • 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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Austin Proper Hotel The grand entrance, with all the cute staff in even cuter uniforms.

The grand entrance, with all the cute staff in even cuter uniforms.

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

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

Austin Proper Hotel Mood lighting. Kids were in bed. Parents went cocktailing.

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

Austin Proper Hotel Pre-breakfast at The Peacock.

Pre-breakfast at The Peacock.

Austin Proper Hotel Golden hour at Goldie’s.

Golden hour at Goldie’s.

Austin Proper Hotel Our room, and that good Texan light.

Our room, and that good Texan light.

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

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

Austin Proper Hotel Lobby bar, before the crowds descended.

Lobby bar, before the crowds descended.

Austin Proper Hotel Same bar, another angle.

Same bar, another angle.

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

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

Austin Proper Hotel The gorgeous hotel lobby, notice the gingham ceiling, please.

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

Austin Proper Hotel Austin fan club.

Austin fan club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Austin Proper Hotel The pool, only available to hotel guests.

The pool, only available to hotel guests.

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

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

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

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

Austin Proper Hotel Me and the babe, on our way into the Peacock.

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Website

    https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/austin/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyuKLsobf6gIVgobACh1-MgTNEAAYASAAEgJusPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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