The Line — Austin, USA
Since its debut property in Los Angeles first opened in 2014, the Line hotel brand, masterminded by the Sydell Group, has become known for its marriage of architecture, design and local culture. Following on from its second location in Washington DC, which opened earlier this year, the Line has now touched down in Austin, at the intersection of the city’s Town Lake and downtown neighbourhoods.
Housed in a mid-century building that formerly served as the Crescent Inn in 1965, the Line Hotel has been lovingly renovated and brought into the 21st century. Featuring interiors by the Los Angeles-based designer Sean Knibb and architecture by the Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the reinvigorated hotel is filled with stylish and eclectic features. Giant arched windows make the most of its surrounding lake and city views and the hotel’s expansive lobby, which also faces the lake, has been appointed with landscape features that further blur the distinction between indoors and out.
The property’s 428 guest rooms (including 108 suites) follow a similar, back-to-basics track, with a focus on essentials such as the bed, a desk and chair. Nevertheless, a mix of natural textures, yielded from sandblasted plywood headboards and exposed concrete columns, combined with a soothing colour palette, create an inviting escape from the vibrancy of the city.
The property also leaves its mark on Austin with the opening of Arlo Grey – a lakeside restaurant helmed by chef Kristen Kish and armed with an enticing global menu that showcases Texan ingredients.