While hip spots like the Hotel San Jose and W Austin are often noted among the best places to stay in the Texas capital, 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 Austin's east side in January), suggests Mr. Natural, Veracruz All Natural and Cenote as places to hit up.