Heywood Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Austin, Texas, United States

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Pros

  • Hip room design with bright pops of color
  • Attractive bathrooms with modern fixtures
  • Intimate setting in a Craftsman-style house
  • Interiors have local art and handmade furniture
  • Lobby has free umbrellas to borrow, as well as coffee and tea service
  • Staff is extremely attentive, with front desk proving concierge services
  • Thoughtful details such as black make-up towels, minibars with fair prices, and water spouts for oatmeal and tea
  • Free Wi-Fi and on-site parking
  • Free bike rentals

Cons

  • No breakfast or on-site dining
  • Limited staff hours in early morning and at night
  • Neighborhood is still up-and-coming
  • No gym, spa, or business center

Bottom Line

This seven-room hotel, situated in an intimate Craftsman-style house in the up-and-coming East Austin area, lives up to its "unique boutique" billing. Rooms all have distinct, trendy decor with pops of color and smart details such as black make-up towels and eco-friendly, big-bottle toiletries. Free perks include parking, Wi-Fi, and bikes loans, and rooms come stocked with large flat-screen TVs, French presses, and minibars with fair prices. But the hotel's size means limited service hours, and virtually no amenities.

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 Scene

An intimate boutique hotel with thoughtful details and plenty of character

Lobby
Lobby

This East Austin hotel has more character and design charm than you may except from its up-and-coming neighborhood. The owners have added personal touches -- such as locally made art and handmade furniture created from reclaimed wood -- to all seven rooms, and the intimate size means each guest receives personalized service. But there are no features or on-site restaurants to speak of. The front desk's limited hours -- though someone is available by phone 24 hours -- are surprisingly little problem. Acting as conceirges, the front desk staff displays an impressive knowledge of dining and nightlife options in the area. Downtown Austin is about a mile away, and the East 6th nightlife scene is even closer. Guests can rent a bike from the hotel, pick up the bus outside the hotel, or take a quick cab to access the restaurants and shops nearby.

 Location

While not in the most prime location, the area is young, up-and-coming, and just a short drive downtown Austin

East Austin is still an up-and-coming area, home to a young, hip crowd. Downtown Austin, which is home to the best nightlife and live music venues in the Southwest, is a short drive from the hotel, as are some of the best tourist spots in town. The hotel is also in front of the#17 busline, and the hotel offers free bike loans.

  • 13-minute drive to Austin Bergstrom International Airport
  • 8-minute drive to South Congress Avenue
  • 3-minute drive to Lady Bird Lake
  • 3-minute drive to Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat population in North America
  • 3-minute drive to 2nd Street entertainment district
  • 4-minute drive to Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater
  • 3-minute drive to Sixth Street entertainment district
  • 6-minute drive to Texas State Capitol
  • 6-minute drive to Frank Erwin Center
  • 7-minute drive to Blanton Museum of Art
  • 6-minute drive to Mike A. Myers Stadium
  • 6-minute drive to LBJ Presidential Library

 Rooms

What the hotel lacks in actual features, rooms help make up for in character and charm

Sitting area in Room 7 - the Queen Balcony Room
Sitting area in Room 7 - the Queen Balcony Room

All seven rooms in the hotel have unique style and colorful accents. Two of the rooms have patios, and only one has balcony, but all have modern amenities and thoughtful extras.

  • Rooms start at 279 square feet and have seating areas.
  • Rooms have one king- or queen-size bed and Stearns & Foster Estate Collection luxury mattress.
  • Local artwork
  • Stocked minibars with fair prices
  • iPod docks with free Internet music stream
  • Furniture is handmade by owners from reclaimed wood.
  • Hardwood floors and high ceilings, some with skylights
  • French press coffeemakers and filtered instahot hot water
  • 32-inch (and up) flat-screen TVs
  • Bright, attractive bathrooms; half have shower/ tub combos while the rest have walk-in showers.
  • Kevin Murphy bath products and Archipelago Soy Milk lotions (big-bottle, eco-friendly amenities)
  • Free Wi-Fi

 Food

The hotel doesn't have any on-site dining, and many guests venture to nearby neighborhoods for meals.

The hotel doesn't have dining options on site, and many guests head to Austin's famous SoCo and Sixth Street Entertainment districts for restaurants, which are located within a mile or so of the hotel. There is, however, free coffee and tea in the lobby at all times.

 Bottom Line

This seven-room hotel, situated in an intimate Craftsman-style house in the up-and-coming East Austin area, lives up to its "unique boutique" billing. Rooms all have distinct, trendy decor with pops of color and smart details such as black make-up towels and eco-friendly, big-bottle toiletries. Free perks include parking, Wi-Fi, and bikes loans, and rooms come stocked with large flat-screen TVs, French presses, and minibars with fair prices. But the hotel's size means limited service hours, and virtually no amenities.

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Address

  • 1609 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas 78702 United States of America

Room Types

  • Room 1 - King Deluxe Room
  • Room 2 - Queen Deluxe Room
  • Room 3 - Queen High Standard Room
  • Room 4 - King Patio Room
  • Room 5 - Queen Bee Room
  • Room 6 - King Patio Room
  • Room 7 - Queen Balcony Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 7
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Austin, Texas
Address: 1609 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas 78702 United States of America
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