“So much is changing in Austin, but the city still has a strong local design sense,” says Liz Lambert, whose hospitality empire, Bunkhouse, recently gave the 1938 Austin Motel a groovy update. “We’re keeping Austin weird.”
“TexasCool hotelier Liz Lambert of Bunkhouse Group revealed the 41-room Austin Motel’s revamp in March (the motel’s been checking in guests since 1938). The mid-century modern vibe remains intact but with modern luxuries (like burgers served out of a trailer). Artists designed the pool bar and the rooms’ wood furnishings to make it look like the 1950s all over again.”
“With a monopoly on the most in-demand hotels in Texas, Liz Lambert’s Bunkhouse Group recently took over the 41-room Austin Motel, a beloved icon set in the heart of Austin’s South Congress neighborhood. Lambert is giving a serious update to the property that has continuously operated as a motel since 1938".”
"But after an extensive, year-long makeover spearheaded by Texan hotelier Liz Lambert and her hospitality group Bunkhouse, the property has opened its doors to reveal a fresh new design that has transformed it into the place to stay in Austin right now."
"It features a ridiculously cool lobby gift shop dubbed the Bodega, where guests can buy Texas classics (read Lone Star, Shiner) as well as mass-produced cult faves like Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor and PBR from a well-stocked fridge. Other hotels, you're on notice."
"Lambert and her team have given the 41-room property a facelift that steers more into the realm of pop art and ‘50s nostalgia than her Western-chic, haute-desert aesthetic at other locations like San Antonio’s Hotel Havana or Marfa’s El Cosmico."
"The 41-room hideaway has all the hallmarks of a signature Lambert reboot..."
“We tried to keep the casual feel and the playful spirit that have made the hotel special without being kitschy or theme-y,” Lambert says of the redesign. “Everything flowed from the sign and from the time periods [in the hotel’s history] that were meaningful to me—1930s for molding and detail, 1950s for color schemes, and 1980s for pop art. To be honest, we didn’t change all that much.”
"The result is a setting that blends sly retro touches with a millennial bent. Burgundy laminated desks and tufted beds sheathed in Sferra sheets are paired with push-button phones and vintage silkscreened music posters, while a bar has been added to the kidney-shaped pool flanked by red and white umbrellas."