“World-class art and a string of hotel openings give this Texas town a whole new rhythm”

“World-class art and a string of hotel openings give this Texas town a whole new rhythm”

“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.”

 
“The Return of the Roadside Motor Lodge”

“The Return of the Roadside Motor Lodge”

“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.”

 
“Take a Detour to the Most Luxurious Motels in America”

“Take a Detour to the Most Luxurious Motels in America”

“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".”

 
"The Iconic Austin Motel Reopens Just In Time For SXSW"

"The Iconic Austin Motel Reopens Just In Time For SXSW"

"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." 

 
"5: This Month In Beer"

"5: This Month In Beer"

"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." 

 
"The Iconic Austin Motel Reopens With a Refreshing New Look"

"The Iconic Austin Motel Reopens With a Refreshing New Look"

"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 Austin Motel's New Look"

"The Austin Motel's New Look"

"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.”

 
"Austin Motel, Austin, USA"

"Austin Motel, Austin, USA"

"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."