"Hip hotelier Liz Lambert redesigned an Austin icon into exactly the kind of no-frills spot all the cool kids love. Rooms have been updated but are original to the hotel (apparently they didn't need closets in the '30s), and the decor is funky and playful: red, tufted-vinyl platforms, custom Voutsa wallpaper in a pattern of lips, old school push-button phones."
"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."