As you may have heard, Austin was just deemed one of the best staycation cities in the country. Any good staycationer knows that in order to truly indulge, one should leave all worries at home and check into a truly fabulous hotel.
While hip spots like the Hotel San Jose and W Austin are often noted among the best places to stay, the New York Times recently spent some time at East Austin's Heywood Hotel and gave it a killer review.
Writer Bonnie Tsui calls the Heywood a "comfortable, stylish hotel [that] feels like a visit to a good friend’s house — a friend with good taste, that is." Among the highlights? The walnut platform beds handmade by owner George Reynolds, thoughtful amenities like fruit bowls and high-quality toiletries, and an in-room fridge stocked with Texas beers. (Having been bewitched by the Heywood ourselves, we couldn't agree more.)
Among the neighborhood recommendations, Tsui (who also penned a buzzy Times piece about the east side in January), suggests Mr. Natural, Veracruz All Natural and Cenote as places to hit up.