Two new conjoined hotels opened this week in Austin in a mixed-use development right in the heart of downtown.
The two Hyatt hotels, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin, opened on 506 San Jacinto Blvd, right next to James Beard-approved restaurants and over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Thompson Austin boasts itself as a new cultural hub with an elevated social scene and highly desirable food and beverage options. And tommie Austin says it was built for "discovering vibrant neighborhoods."
“Austin is one of the most beloved travel destinations and serves as home to many inspiring people and businesses that we’re honored to be joining,” managing director Nate Hardesty.
With the goal of becoming Austin’s “premier urban playground,” Thompson Austin has 212 guestrooms, 17 residences, a wellness center with private fitness rooms and a pool with al fresco dining. Streetside, you’ll find James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and partner Johno Morisano at The Grey, which is available for room service.
Once you’re checked in, notice the raw-cut gemstone front desk, mixed metal finishes and sniff out the Thompson Hotel’s signature scent made by D.S. & DURGA.
On the other hand, tommie Austin is designed to be an “epicenter for creativity and adventure” by tapping into local amenities like an all-day coffee counter serving brews from Greater Goods Coffee Co. and playful retail on the ground floor connecting to the lobby.
Designed by Venice-based Studio Collective, the 193 king bed guestrooms take inspiration from West Texas elements, geometric patterns, tactile textures and sights from the Southwest.
Tommi Austin is characterized by Southwestern views and striking accents. (tommi Austin)
The two hotels will be connected by The Grey, a fourth-floor entertainment deck featuring Wax Myrtle’s Club & Pool by Chicago-based Land and Sea Dept, and Greater Goods Coffee on the ground floor.
To celebrate its grand opening, the hotels are offering three packages in collaboration with local brands: tommie Austin x Austin DeTours, including a two-night stay and street art experience; Thompson Austin x Tecovas, with a Southern-spired gift bag of branded whiskey glasses and $250 gift card to Tecovas.
The final package, the Have it All at Thompson Austin, includes a $100 food & beverage credit, chef-selected welcome amenity, branded leather tote, two tickets to The Contemporary Austin, $20 gift card to Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, curated Tecovas gift bag and complimentary parking.
A night at Thompson Austin starts at $329 per night and $199 per night at tommie Austin, though prices are seasonally based.
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Nicklaus Pereksta says he loves photographing enthusiastic people, and it’s why his latest gig offering pictures to people out on Lady Bird Lake’s hike and bike trail is going smoothly. He sets up his gear on the Pfluger pedestrian bridge and puts out a sign: Photos, $10.
“Overwhelmingly, this has been a really positive experience,” Pereksta said. “I get excited when I wake up in the morning and I can't wait to go to work.”
Bikers and joggers are excited about it too. On the pedestrian bridge leading to downtown Thursday morning, a man on an e-bike rode up and posed, wanting more photos.
“I posted the last pictures on Instagram and people loved it. They asked, ‘where is this guy?’” the biker told Pereksta. Bashfully, Pereksta, who also photographs landscapes and at weddings and other events, said he was happy to hear that.
Pereksta started these photos about a month ago, after the strenuous runs required in his valet job started causing pain in his legs. And though he has a passion for photography, he wasn’t so sure when he started working independently if it would work out.
He felt uncertain about the demand for it and was also worried about having lots of expensive equipment out in the open.
“Then like the first day was nothing but high praise and people are like, this is so awesome. This is great. I've never seen anything like this before. I was like, Wow, this was really good, like positive turnout. So I got encouraged.”
Now, he wants to expand and is thinking of contacting the Mueller Farmers Market about how to become a vendor. Still, he'll carry a connection to photographing on the bridge since the word bridge is related to his last name.
“It's a name my great, great, great grandfather came up with when he was marrying somebody. It's actually quite a romantic name. It means a joining of two bridges," Pereksta said. "So, I thought it was ironic that I'm set up on a bridge. I'm kind of representing my last name right now.”
Austonia talked to Pereksta about life in Austin, where he’s lived for eight years after living in Boston doing band photography.
What was your first experience with Austin?
I came here to visit some friends and they took me to Barbarella. So we went to Barbarella and I was like, ‘wow, this place is great.’ And then the restaurants and the food and going to Barton Springs. I was like, ‘this is amazing.’ Because there's nothing like that in Boston. If you want to go to a natural spring, you got to go to New Hampshire. There's no pools in the city at all. So there's lots of swimming out here.
What do you like best about Austin?
You go to any little quiet bar and there's a band playing that should be like onstage for a sold out show. Yeah, they're playing to 10 people, right? Like, one of the best bands ever and they're playing for 10 people, right? And just little magic moments like that are pretty fun. You just run into little random weird things.
What do you think makes Austin different from other places?
There’s no fall.
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