Category - Stay

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Lone Star Court – Austin, TX
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Globetrotter Lodge- Holbrook, AZ
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The Revere – Boston

Lone Star Court – Austin, TX

Lone Star Court Hotel Austin

Whether you call it “An Homage to Classic Americana” or “Rustic Quintessential Texas”… The Lone Star Court is definitely one of Austin’s (newest) and coziest places to stay. The boutique ‘motor court of yesteryear’ inspired hotel stood out when I had to pick a place for myself and “the boy” to stay while visiting friends because of it’s hip decor and retro vibe (and thank goodness for New Year’s specials). The hotel is built like a complex, with a free standing front office; three buildings that house the 123 rooms that surround an open courtyard that is complete with fire pit, lounge areas, pool area and nature; two food trucks and the restaurant/bar.

After the easy breezy check-in, we whisked ourselves to our room on the second floor. After the quick ride up the elevator, we walked down the long exterior corridor to our room. Each room is outfitted with a relaxed porch-like setting, which includes a small table and two rocking chairs. I loved how they brightened the wooden walls with pops of orange in the chairs and the baby blue door. The room did not disappoint in interior design. The bed frame and bedside lamps were very industrial chic, while the sitting nook maintained a relaxed retro feel (I literally could have slept on the couch… it was THAT comfy, in my opinion). Other additions to the room included a vintage full-size refrigerator (well stocked, but for a fee), a large wooden wardrobe, a sizable faux pull-down desk with director’s chair and LATHER body products in the bathroom.

In the morning, we partook of the complimentary continental breakfast that was held at The Water Trough. The hearty breakfast included biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, a variety of cereal, yogurt and fruit, plus coffee, juices and teas.

Overall, I enjoyed staying at Lone Star Court. I thought that the staff was friendly and attentive. The room was clean and met my needs (plus, can never go wrong with cable and wifi). Had the weather have been more cooperative, we probably would’ve enjoyed the patio, food trucks and courtyard more…however there will always be next time.

Globetrotter Lodge- Holbrook, AZ

Globetrotter Lodge

902 W. Hopi Dr.
Holbrook, AZ 86025
PH: (928)297-0158

I had the extreme pleasure of staying at the Globetrotter Lodge in the small town of Holbrook, AZ recently. I had heard great reviews about it through the grapevine and from fellow Route 66 travelers, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Boy, I’m glad I did. You see, Route 66 motels are generally mom n’ pop motels that have been known for their outstanding hospitality and well, the Globetrotter really exceeded my expectations. From what I hear, the motel was originally constructed in the 40s or 50s and in later years, had seen some decline. However, Mona and Peter Hoeller, formerly of Austria, thankfully came in and rescued it from demise a few years back. The quaint single story motel is now a favorite among travelers and offers ten basic yet clean rooms, cozy lobby, great wi-fi, breakfast in the morning and a pool area. The owners truly brought their European touch to this Route 66 icon.

The owner’s wife personally escorted me to my room and was kind enough to show me around. The room I had had a western theme. There were two comfy beds, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, coffeemaker and best of all- a Southwest theme painted sink. The bathroom was somewhat small, but again, it was beyond clean. They still keep the room’s original Mid-Century construction, but had it refreshed for the modern travelers.

The next morning, I went to breakfast, which was held in their bright breakfast room. This was actually one of the main highlights of my stay, besides the sink, as the owners go above and beyond to make their guests feel welcome. Each place setting had the guests room number and the state/country where they are from. They use real dishware, silverware and linen napkins. The assortment of nourishment they provide are a few varieties of cereals, toast and other breads, hard-boiled eggs, fruit…everything you could possibly want for a hearty start to the day. Of course, everything was freshly prepared.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the pool area this time, but again… it looked like a clean welcoming oasis from the desert heat. I was bummed to say good-bye after a night’s stay, but will definitely be back again. I’d much rather stay here than at an overpriced hotel right off the interstate! Thank you again Peter and Mona and I look forward to my next stay!

If you are traveling along the I-40 corridor through Holbrook, be sure to book your stay at the Globetrotter!

The Revere – Boston

The Revere Boston
200 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
PH: (617) 482-1800
WEBSITE

On my recent (and first) trip to Boston, I stayed at The Revere, which is conveniently located near Boston Common and many other historical places of interest. I had heard of this charming boutique hotel via Instagram and just had to check it out. The hotel opened on April 18th 2012, which was the 237th anniversary of Paul Revere’s infamous ride (hence the hotel’s name). Comprised of 325 guest rooms, 30 suites and one penthouse suite, this hotel is THE place to stay in Boston’s trendy South End neighborhood; as well as being a popular destination for live entertainment, dining and nightlife.

The interior of the hotel is contemporary with modern design, sleek furnishings, sculptures and timeless decor, thanks to BBGM Interiors. The front desk staff are friendly, knowledgable and eager to help with anything one might need. The staff uniforms were designed by Massachusetts College of Art & Design Senior students and were also locally manufactured by Classic Apparel in Everett, MA. After check-in, we took the elevator and were whisked away to our suite on the 19th floor. Once inside the suite, we were amazed at how spacious it was. The entryway had dark hardwood flooring that gave way to the sizable carpeted sitting room and bedroom. We had the option of stepping out onto the balcony from both the sitting and bed rooms. The balcony had sweeping views of the downtown Boston skyline, Boston Common and the Statehouse. The sitting room featured a cozy houndstooth couch, large LCD TV, oversize desk and mini bar (for a fee). The bedroom featured a Sleep Number bed, large LCD TV and a closet with sweet surprises: like a comfy robe and slippers (so welcoming after a long drive). The bathroom is located off the entryway and is quaint and minimal. I enjoyed two luxurious nights, bathing under a large rain shower head and washing off with their skin-care products of choice-Vancouver based Skoah. (Dear Skoah, the body wash was AH—mazinggg!) Then I spent the rest of the evening bundled up in the robe, relishing in the moment with the complimentary wifi and the latest episode of “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

The hotel’s amenities include a fitness center, business center, Emerald Lounge (nightlife), Rustic Kitchen (for dining), 225 seat Theater 1, a 35,000 square foot event space and Space 57- a 6,700 square foot multi-functional space. There is also the “Rooftop at the Revere”- the seasonal bar and lounge located on the seventh floor, near the indoor pool.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to use much of the amenities, as we had limited time, but so much to see and do. However, the hotel did not disappoint and was the perfect way to do Boston ‘right.’ The bonus was that it had a lovely balcony that didn’t make me feel like I was closed in. The staff was incredibly friendly- thank you to the gal who helped check us in on September 1st and to Tim. I was not really able to see the ‘Rooftop at the Revere’ in action, however the staff allowed me to check it out at night so I can see the dramatic views of the city.

It was a delightful experience and I hope to enjoy The Revere on my next visit to Beantown!

Huge thanks to Bryan!

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