Hotel Magdalena is a recent innovative project from the Bunkhouse Group, a celebrated hospitality company behind some of Texas’ most unique hotels. Located in the vibrant South Congress neighborhood of Austin, Hotel Magdalena fuses the city and nature in its architectural design and elements. The property is situated at various altitudes as a tribute to the nearby natural oasis of Barton Springs and showcases native plant species throughout the hotel grounds. With Texas heat in mind, each of the 89 guest rooms provides windows at opposite sides of the room for a light breeze and an opportunity for sunrise and sunset views while the exposed aggregate in the poured concrete was designed to resemble Texas river rocks. Hotel Magdalena is an indulgence of nature within a lively community.
HERE’S THE SCOOP
Hotel Magdalena is designed in a manner that honors the area’s lake house aesthetic of the early 1970s. The inspiration is evident in its guest rooms with a minimalistic design approach juxtaposed by earthy ceilings with splashes of vibrant furniture hues of emerald green and royal blues. The guests can soak up the Texas sun in the outdoor sunken pool while enjoying
the libations of the poolside Magdalena Bar followed by a dinner at the Summer House on Music Lane; the restaurant led by Executive Chef Jeffrey Hundelt emphasizes grilled meats and seasonal vegetables, drawing inspiration from and creating the mood of Austin’s time-honored hospitality.
BIG DAY DETAILS
Planning nuptials at Hotel Magdalena is as effortless as can be as the hotel provides on-site event planners while catering is provided by the Summer House on Music Lane. The happy couples can choose from an indoor venue that opens to a sizable outdoor patio or pledge their love under the Texas sun on the verdant Event Lawn. The Magdalena Bar serves as a perfect
starting point for pre-wedding night drinks or simply a relaxing day after the nuptials. Hotel Magdalena encourages a light and airy mood, reminiscent of the decade it evokes.
OUT AND ABOUT
South Congress Avenue is an eclectic area with old-school diners, vintage shops, and live music venues. As an Austin nightlife destination, it dates its music scene to the 1950s with the opening of the Continental Club. Today, one can find a karaoke dive bar, jazz and blues bar, and a country music venue all in one neighborhood, satisfying various musical tastes. From starting the day at Jo’s Coffee, followed by shopping in Music Lane’s upscale boutiques to ending the night at a music venue, South Congress satisfies excitement to any traveler’s fondness.
WE SIMPLY ADORE
Hotel Magdalena’s grounds are a historic cultural influence of South Congress Avenue. In the 1950s the Terrace Motor Hotel stood in its place and served as the premier mid-century motor lodge; eventually owned by the legendary Willie Nelson in the 1970s who furthered the area’s musical influence by opening the Austin Opry House. Images of Austin Opry House
captured by its photographer Scott Newton can be viewed at Hotel Magdalena.