The Otis Hotel: Austin’s New West Campus Hot Spot
It’s not every day you spend the night in a hotel room with a turntable as a convenience – unless that day is spent in a guest room at The Otis Hotel in Austin.
Each room at this hotel, which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, has a record player. Next to it are two records by artists from Texas: Janis Joplin, a student at the University of Texas; and Leon Bridges, a contemporary jazz artist from Fort Worth.
You can also contact the vinyl ambassador in the lobby for music suggestions or browse a selection from the extensive vinyl library. I spent most of the next morning hearing some deep cuts from Nina Simone from some of her lesser known albums.
The hotel is located west of the University of Texas campus and is sure to have a youthful, collegial atmosphere. Guest rooms can best be described as “Dorm Room Luxe”. They’re on the cozy side, with old-school elements suggestive of a campus residence, such as: For example, bulletin board-covered cabinet doors and mid-century-inspired statement chairs.
The wooden barn door that separates the bedroom from the entrance and bathroom of the guest room is also handy for restricting the nocturnal comfort to the corridors.
When it’s time to eat, Acre 41 turns out to be an upscale American fare, with no hint of “hotel dining” drudgery. Think blue crab and artichoke dip, a nice seared ahi salad, and a well grilled NY strip, or possibly skillet cornbread with zucchini, green chilli, and white cheddar. Cookies are fine at breakfast, while diners who love to sleep can indulge in a weekend brunch when extra evening specials like golf prawns and grits come back on the menu.
If the view from the guest room isn’t inspiring enough, guests can head upstairs to the rooftop pool and enjoy views of the UT campus and downtown Austin from lounge chairs or rentable pool cabanas with social seating. In the evening the bar is transformed into the Otopia Rooftop Lounge with craft cocktails and light bites. Think shrimp rolls, pork potstickers, shrimp cocktail, or Wagyu carpaccio. There’s plenty of seating too, from bar-level seating along the outside railing to couches and cocktail tables, which are heated with lamps and a fire pit in the cooler months.
When it’s time to retreat for the evening, guests can relax with the spa-inspired Guild + Pepper amenities (the scent of Warm Oak compliments the exposed wood accents in the room) and relax with a range of customizable soft lighting options.
As you’d expect in a new building, there are plenty of places throughout the space to plug electronic devices into, and televisions are wired to stream content from a range of streaming services through a guest’s existing account.
But with the old-new novelty of a turntable provided, it may be better to spend the evening rediscovering old favorites in their original medium.
Take that away
A delightfully upscale choice in the West Campus neighborhood, in the heart of all the youthful excitement, but with convenience and comfort that are downright sophisticated and playfully sophisticated.
I’ve seen rates as low as $ 195 a night plus tax
Get a recording of that turntable or a Texas sunset from the rooftop and followers will be delighted.
Good to know
The hotel offers valet parking and self-parking for a small fee. Valet parking is a good value.
The hotel is double-labeled with the AC Hotel Austin-University. They have adjacent but separate entrances and lobbies.