Another boutique hotel is rising in East Austin. Construction on the new building at East Sixth and Chicon streets, which will become the second hotel in the Los Angeles-based Arrive Hotels & Restaurants chain (it has one in Palm Springs), has begun.
Arrive has brought on number of local designers and other professionals for the project, including co-developers Alexa Management, project consultants Burton Baldridge Architects, Big Red Dog engineering, dwg. landscape architects, and EyeLikeDesign creative design.
The hotel will be built under the Worker’s Defense Project’s Better Builder Program, which ensures that construction staff is paid a living wage and is protected by stringent health and safety guidelines.
The 58,600-square-foot space will use an adaptive approach to integrate a 100-year-old warehouse on the site and incorporate traditional industrial materials with modern design motifs. That sounds consistent with its first property, with interiors by Palm Springs-based Chris Pardo Design, which Architectural Digest describes as combining “classic midcentury elements with industrial-modern moments.”
Chris Pardo will also design the interiors of the 83-room Austin hotel, which seeks to “celebrate East Austin’s community of craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs,” according to an Arrive press statement.
The hotel will also feature two restaurants and bars, retail space, and a coffee shop, as well as 3,500 square feet of event and meeting space, including an outdoor courtyard.
A fairly unusual aspect of Arrive Hotels (the company plans to continue expanding over the next few years) is the techy self-service it offers: there will be no front desk, and guests will check in and access all hotel and concierge services and amenities via text message or at the bar (it’s unclear if bar check-in, etc., will be with a human). Room rates are expected to start at $199 nightly.
In addition to the restaurants and bars it will bring into the neighborhood, the Arrive project will share the intersection with Whisler’s and Lazarus Brewing Company—also fairly recent remakes of older businesses on East Sixth, as these things go—across the street on either side of Chicon. The hotel expected to be completed in early spring 2019.
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