This New Austin Hotel Is A Sustainability Lover’s Dream


Open-air walkways built of exposed heavy timber beams and columns lead to concrete structure

For a getaway steeped in local character, book a stay at Hotel Magdalena, a project from Austin’s Bunkhouse hospitality company completed with renowned architecture firm Lake|Flato Architects.

The 89-room property located on Music Lane in the popular South Congress neighborhood pays homage to both its locale and early 1970s lakeside lifestyle. As the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America, it references the site’s former 1950s Terrace Motor Hotel constructed of exposed heavy timber beams and columns with a midcentury modern aesthetic. It also leverages generous outdoor spaces and lush landscaping completed by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.

“Our goal was to create an authentic Austin experience that celebrates the area’s history, while connecting people to the outdoors and each other,” says architect Michael Britt.

You’ll also rest easy knowing sustainability was a driving force for the design, with rainwater collected in a cistern system used for irrigation.