We stayed at the Heywood Hotel for 4 nights in April 2014. The room was nice - updated, clean and stocked with nice soap/shampoo/products.
This is an older home that has been converted into a hotel with a large addition added to the back to create more rooms. We stayed in the addition and were happy with the overall hotel.
Complementary coffee/tea were provided in the mornings. They do not have a breakfast, but there was a breakfast taco place a few blocks down that we'd walk to to get $2 potato/bacon/cheese/egg tacos and they were really good.
I was a bit concerned about the location - it looks like it's in an older community with some rundown homes, but it was safe and we walked around the neighborhood at night to/from restaurants and didn't have any problems.
The best part about our stay was the complementary bikes that the hotel let us use. We kept our car parked at the hotel (for free!) the entire time we were in Austin and rode the bikes all over the city. There are a lot of bike lanes on the street and we had no problems getting around safely. Plenty of bike racks to lock the bikes up while you visit restaurants, the State Capitol, etc. We saw a lot of the city we probably won't have seen just because we were on bikes - plus it was great exercise.
The hotel staff was very friendly and helped us with restaurant recommendations and places to visit.
Overall, I recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again. Can't say enough nice things about it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An artisanal boutique hotel and unique Austin experience. Half upcycled bungalow, half courtyard hotel, the Heywood embodies the intangible elements that define Austin: Creative. Easy going. Thoughtful. Cool. Located smack dab in the middle of the vibrant East Austin neighborhood and surrounded by local restaurants, lounges, and shops, this modern boutique hotel is an easy walk to downtown, Sixth Street, the Convention Center, and Lady Bird Lake. ... more less
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