Modern Hotels: Austin, Texas

Austin has an international reputation for its rich and vibrant culture. With hundreds of live music venues, thousands of restaurants, and endless adventure destinations in the outdoors, you will never have a day in Austin without excitement and activity!

Ranked as one of the fittest cities in the United States, and with 300+ days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities from cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, and more!

Austin is known for its creativity and freedom of expression. Home some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation’s largest University-owned collection on exhibit, Austin attracts an international appetite for the arts. Austin is a place to explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians, year round, in a variety of venues.

Modern design and decor are now a part of the aesthetic culture in Austin, and there are an array of cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bars so beautiful, that they are a place to see, and be seen. If you have an eye for unique architecture and interior design, you will enjoy these eclectically modern hotels!

The South Congress Hotel

Natural Elements
Natural Elements
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Sleek and Minimalist
Sleek and Minimalist
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Houseplants Galore
Houseplants Galore
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A Touch of Retro
A Touch of Retro
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Cozy Lounges
Cozy Lounges
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Sleek Bathrooms
Sleek Bathrooms
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Rich Palettes
Rich Palettes
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Downtown Views
Downtown Views
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Green Pathways
Green Pathways
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The Austin Motel

Austin Motel
Austin Motel
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
South Congress Views
South Congress Views
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Modern Courtyard
Modern Courtyard
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Mid-Century Bedroom
Mid-Century Bedroom
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Retro Pool
Retro Pool
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Modern Lobby
Modern Lobby
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Green Patio
Green Patio
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Double Rooms
Double Rooms
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Let Love In
Let Love In
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

Hotel Van Zandt

Lobby with Pizazz
Lobby with Pizazz
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Record Player Birds by Paul Villinski
Record Player Birds by Paul Villinski
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Geraldine's Dining Hall
Geraldine’s Dining Hall
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Lady Bird Lounge
Lady Bird Lounge
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Second Floor Swag
Second Floor Swag
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Geraldine's Restaurant
Geraldine’s Restaurant
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Fireplace Lounge
Fireplace Lounge
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Sleek Pool Deck
Sleek Pool Deck
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Earth Tones
Earth Tones
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King Spa Bedroom with a View
King Spa Bedroom with a View
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King Spa Suite
King Spa Suite
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The Lady Bird Studio
The Lady Bird Studio
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Living Room Music Corner
Living Room Music Corner
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Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen

East Side Vibes
East Side Vibes
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Modern Timber Accents
Modern Timber Accents
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Classic Austin Fusions
Classic Austin Fusions
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Mid-Century Lounge
Mid-Century Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Rustic Modern
Rustic Modern
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Private Rooms
Private Rooms
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Dorm Beds
Dorm Beds
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Dormitory Lounge
Dormitory Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Native Lounge
Native Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Green Outdoors
Green Outdoors
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Arbor Lounge
Arbor Lounge
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Pool with Soul
Pool with Soul
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Modern Luxury
Modern Luxury
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Color and Shape
Color and Shape
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Saint Cecilia Lounge
Saint Cecilia Lounge
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The W Austin

Ethereal Light Fixtures
Ethereal Light Fixtures
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"Whatever, Whenever"
“Whatever, Whenever”
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Steven Durr Acoustics
Steven Durr Acoustics
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AWAY Spa Treatments
AWAY Spa Treatments
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AWAY Spa Lounge
AWAY Spa Lounge
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"Extreme Wow Bathroom"
“Extreme Wow Bathroom”
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McIntosh Installations
McIntosh Installations
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Trace Dining Hall Seating
Trace Dining Hall Seating
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Extreme Wow Suite
Extreme Wow Suite
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"Fantastic Suite"
“Fantastic Suite”
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"Cool Corner Bedroom"
“Cool Corner Bedroom”
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AWAY Spa Nails
AWAY Spa Nails
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Take a peek at a little more info on Austin as one of our top Wanderlust Destinations,

Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Chiang Mai

Located in the Northern area of Thailand along the Ping River, breathtaking Chiang Mai is situated amongst the highest mountains in the country, surrounded by lush forests. Dubbed the cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai has been awarded the title of Creative City by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and repeatedly received recognition as one of the top destinations in the world.

   The climate of Chiang Mai is that of the tropical savanna; with low latitude and relatively high elevation, the weather is warm to hot year-round. With over 300 Buddhist temples to visit, you will have no shortage of stunning architecture to marvel over. Chiang Mai also has its fair amount of museums, botanical gardens, and street markets full of exquisite local treasures and foods. The surrounding areas are verdant and mountainous, with national parks for trekking, Hill Tribes to visit for cultural immersion, and elephant reserves that you may visit for opportunities to volunteer.

 

WHAT TO PACK

  • Lightweight pants and skirts, sundresses, shorts, yoga pants, tunics
  • Baby wipes, it’s very humid and you might want to keep your face clean!
  • Lightweight scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders inside temples
  • Swimsuit,  hiking shoes, comfortable sandals, and water shoes
  • Comfortable sandals and sneakers for walking around the city
  • Lightweight hiking pants and shirts with long sleeves for mosquito protection
  • Waterproof phone case and waterproof backpack or bag
  • Natural sunscreen and bug repellent

Sights

Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon, the Highest Peak in Thailand
Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller

Street Strolling
Street Strolling
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
The Sticky Falls
The Sticky Falls
Photograph Courtesy of Hey Lila Hey
Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park
Volunteer with Elephants!
Hmong Hill Tribe Women
Hmong Hill Tribe Women
Photograph Courtesy of Colouricious
Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep
Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller
Loi Krathong Festival of Light
Loi Krathong Festival of Light in November
Photograph Courtesy of Twisted Sifter
Thai Textiles
Thai Textiles in Bac Ha Market
Photograph Courtesy of Haute Culture Fashion

 

Cafes Not to Miss

 

SS1254372 Cafe

Porthole Windows
Porthole Windows
Photograph Courtesy of Bon Traveler
Unique Architecture
Unique Architecture
Photograph Courtesy of Bon Traveler
Exotic Sauces
Exotic Sauces
Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai
Inventive Lighting Art
Inventive Lighting Art
Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai

Woo Cafe

Cozy Tables
Cozy Tables
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health
Curries, Noodles, and Juices
Curries, Noodles, and Juices
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health
Artisan Crafts
Artisan Crafts
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health

Where to Stay

137 Pillars House

Modern Jungle Pool
Modern Jungle Pool
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Pagodas
Pagodas
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Extraordinary Lounges
Extraordinary Lounges
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Modern Thai Dining
Modern Thai Dining
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Rajah Brooke Suite
Rajah Brooke Suite
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Outdoor Dining
Outdoor Dining
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Fresh Delights
Fresh Delights
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Fish Curry
Fish Curry
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The Dhara Dhevi Resort

Traditional Architecture
Traditional Architecture
Photograph Courtesy of Ohh Couture
Resort Dining
Resort Dining
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Palace Lounge
Palace Lounge
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Poolside Massage
Poolside Massage
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Ornate Archways
Ornate Archways
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Gilded Walls
Gilded Walls
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Zen Soaking Tub
Zen Soaking Tub
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Spacious and Open
Spacious and Open
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Check out another of our Wanderlust Destinations in Santorini, Greece!

Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Santorini

Santorini, or classically known in Greece as Thira, is situated in the stunning Aegean Sea amongst the 6 thousand other Greek Islands.

The island of Santorini is part of a circular archipelago in the the metamorphic complex of the Cyclades islands group. This group is a remnant of a volcanic caldera, or sinkhole formed by a collapse following the evacuation of magma. Essentially, Santorini is the result of an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed what was once previously one larger island, creating the current geological formation. It is one of the biggest highlights for tourism in the Aegean Sea, and a world mecca for volcanologists.

Extraordinary Colors
Photograph courtesy of Tomas Marek
Hikes to Oia and Thira
Hikes to Oia and Thira
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto, My World

The main stretch of Santorini curves around a 32 square mile lagoon with three edges consisting of cliffs towering nearly a thousand feet above the water. The rest of the island slopes smoothly down into the Aegean Sea, with white, black, and red sandy beaches, and rocky reefs adorned with colorful coral and aquatic life.

Santorini remains the home of a small, but flourishing wine industry, based on the indigenous Assyrtiko grape variety. White varieties also include Athiri and Aidani, whereas red varieties include mavrotragano and mandilaria.

Assyrtiko is famed to be the Grecian island’s essence in a bottle, and is renowned throughout Europe. During the rule of the Venetians between the 14th and 16th century, Santorini wine was some of the most valuable and sought after in all of Europe.

Seaside Vinyard
Seaside Vinyard
Photograph courtesy of Decantor

While visiting vineyards in Santorini, you will notice the extraordinary and unusual way the vines grow. In contrast to the majority of grape vines around the world that grow along trellises, in Santorini, the vines grow in tight bunches almost like tumbleweeds. Woven closely to the earth along the rocks, their growth is tightly bound, seeking shelter from the powerful gusts of sea air. The fresh oceanic breeze, along with the rich volcanic soil, imparts the refreshing acidity for which the wine has become so well known.

Assyrtiko-Vineyard

Photograph courtesy of Vine Pair

Santorini’s whitewashed villages, blue cupolas, flawless beaches, exquisite Grecian food and wine, and breathtaking sunsets make it a destination for millions from across the Earth every year. Take a peek at some of these stunning captures of the island’s magic!

What to See

Pyrgos
Pyrgos
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Ancient Venetian Castle, Pyrgos Agias
Ancient Venetian Castle, Pyrgos Agias
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia
Byzantine Castle Ruins, Oia
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Bursts of Color and Cupolas
Bursts of Color and Cupolas
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Nea Kameni
Nea Kameni
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Fira Santorini
Fira Santorini
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Oia Village
Oia Village
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Illuminated Passageways
Illuminated Passageways
Photograph courtesy of Glo Holiday
Infinity Pools
Infinity Pools
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto, My World
Blue + Gold Accents
Blue + Gold Accents
Photograph courtesy of Enjoy Family Travel
White on Blue
White on Blue
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto, My World
Thira Ancient Ruins
Thira Ancient Ruins
Photograph courtesy of Touropia
Remains of Akrotiri
Remains of Akrotiri
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia
Epic Hikes
Epic Hikes
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto, My World
Amoudi Bay
Amoudi Bay
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Akrotiri Santorini
Akrotiri Santorini
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Red Beach
Red Sand Beaches
Photograph courtesy of One Day in a City
Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beaches
Photograph courtesy of It’s All Bee
Vlychada White Sand Beach
Vlychada White Sand Beach
Photograph courtesy of Carmen’s Luxury Travel
Legendary Sunsets
Legendary Sunsets
Photograph courtesy of The Sunday Chapter
Iconic Cafes
Iconic Cafes
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto, My World

Greek Food!

Exquisite Seafood Dinners
Exquisite Seafood Dinners
Photograph courtesy of My Toronto My World
Fava me Koukia
Fava me Koukia
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Tomato Gefthedes
Tomato Gefthedes
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Saganaki
Saganaki
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Grecian Salad
Grecian Salad
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
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Keftes
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Moussaka
Moussaka
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
Spanakopita
Spanakopita
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
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Souvlaki and Gyros
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only
To Psaraki Cafe Catch of the Day
To Psaraki Cafe Catch of the Day
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only

Boutique Hotels

Andronis Boutique Hotel
Andronis Boutique Hotel

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Paradise Views
Paradise Views
Photograph courtesy of Design Rulz
Cliffside Lagoon
Cliffside Lagoon
Photograph courtesy of Enjoy Family Travel
Surreal in the Real
Surreal in the Real
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Stunning Sunsets
Stunning Sunsets
Photograph courtesy of Glo Holiday
Fisherman's Catch
Fisherman’s Catch
Photograph courtesy of Hand Luggage Only

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Check out our another Destination Wanderlust, where we’ll transport you to some dreamy Brazilian vacation homes!

Travel: The Beverly Hills Hotel – A Modern Chic Getaway with the BEST Decor!

Jason and I headed to Beverly Hills to see our close friends Megan + Elliot get married in LA this summer. We stayed at the Modern Mr. C hotel with my best friends from college. On Saturday, I headed to brunch with my friend Beatriz. We’ve always bonded over beautiful modern design and decorating. We were even the ‘Decorators’ for student government in high school – we planned an epic space themed spirit week and covered the homecoming dance with handmade planets and space magic. We’ve come along way from school dances to actual homes 🙂 Beatriz’s little girl is 18 months, Camilla is moving into a big girl room and Beatriz was excited to get inspiration from the Beverly Hills Hotel to complete her new room! I’ve always been a fan of tropical greens with hints of pastel pinks and (pops of fuchsia). Take a peak into one of my favorite modern chic hotels >>> Any boutique hotels you absolutely love?

xx

Shay

We’re still kids at heart 🙂 Beatriz is planning to frame this coloring book page for Camilla’s room – how cute?

The outdoor patio is my favorite spot at the hotel! I ordered gluten free / vegan avocado toast and fresh squeezed orange juice. The best!

After brunch, we walked to Rodeo drive and took pictures of our favorite homes.

D R E A M Y!

LOVING all the modern white homes and buildings. Make it ALL white! 🙂