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Texas Hotels

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Hotel ZaZa
2332 Leonard St., Uptown
To some, the décor may seem a little wild; to others, Zaza’s flamboyance is a welcome relief from the neutrals that characterize most hotels. The bones are Mediterranean—tile floors and soaring ceilings—but the guest rooms are a thematic riot, ranging from Moroccan-inspired to Moulin Rouge. The beds are roomy and comfortable, dressed in Italian linens, and the spa has an excellent facial program including impressive peel- and laser-based treatments. While the pool isn’t huge, its location—in a very Zen-ish garden with just a few lounge chairs—feels intimate. It’s the kind of place you want to relax with a book for a few hours before getting ready for a night out. The house bar is good times guaranteed, especially on weekends, thanks to the skilled mixologists, but the nearby Arts District means there are plenty of walkable options for dining, drinking, and wherever the evening may take you.
Travis Heights Bungalow
Travis Heights, Austin
While Austin has no shortage of great, quirky hotels (Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia being two of our favorites), there's something totally clutch about finding a great house you can spread out in, too, particularly if you're traveling with another couple or have littles in tow. Enter this lovingly restored 1920's bungalow that happens to belong to a friend of a goop staffer, conveniently located in Travis Heights, and an easy walk from the action on South Congress Avenue. There are two generously sized bedrooms, a modern, subway tile-lined bathroom with brass fixtures; plus, the light-filled sitting room is tastefully appointed with vintage furnishings and great for gathering. The fully-equipped kitchen is stocked a fresh loaf of Sourdough bread from a neighborhood bakery, organic Mill King milk for the Nespresso coffee machine, butter, eggs and even local honey. Don't miss spending a late afternoon unwinding in the backyard under the native oak trees.
Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Dr., North Burnet
This boutique hotel is a modernized revamp of a retro motor court motel—its live music, bonfire parties, and dipping pool reminiscent of a classic Texas swimming hole have made it a destination for the young and hip. This is the place to stay for quirky Americana touches without skimping on quality, cleanliness, or luxe amenities (including a supply of bath-and-body products made in California by modern apothecary, Lather). Located in North Austin, the vibe here is definitely social—all the outdoors activities make great opportunities to meet fellow travelers (and locals), have a drink, and hang out. The on-site food truck court, in true Austin fashion, is a big bonus.
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