If you are looking for a way to spoil your best friend or you just want to spend a fun weekend together I would highly recommend a stay at Archer Hotel Austin. The boutique property launched its Girlfriend Getaways: By Ages and Stages with itineraries created for every age category, from the 20’s through the “Don’t Ask Decade.”
We chose the 30’s itinerary, which commenced with a bottle of Prosecco as a warm welcome to the hotel. It was a great way to kick off the weekend celebrations.
The rooms at Archer Hotel are beautifully decorated, and come with all the necessities for a fabulous weekend. We stayed in the Double King Guest Room which offers twice the luxury, with two, red nail-studded king platform beds, decked out with five-star bedding. After a long day of shopping and eating it was great to come back to the comfort of the room; it’s very spacious and the beds are extremely comfortable.
All accommodations at Archer come with complimentary slippers which are too cute (hers have big red lips and should you be traveling with a male companions his feature a fun mustache). There are luxurious Frette Robes that are perfect for lounging around in, and Malin + Goetz bath amenities for when you need to wash the day’s activities off. The bathroom itself is well designed and has a separate room for the toilet (something I always appreciate in hotels) as well as a huge shower.
If you are looking for somewhere to have a bite to eat don’t go past Archer’s Second Bar + Kitchen, which resides on the ground floor of the hotel. We had dinner and drinks here and it was absolutely delicious. As far as cocktails go I would highly recommend the Gin & Jam cocktail; be warned it’s a little heavy on the Gin, so of course I loved it. The fried pickles appetizer were to die for, I think the waiter was surprised how quickly they disappeared. For the main course we had the flank steak which was cooked perfectly with a side of the Brussel sprouts and the grilled broccolini. Not only is the food wonderful, the restaurant is beautifully decorated with floor to ceiling windows, which let in the perfect amount of natural light; be sure to look up at the stars on the roof!
I must say the staff at this hotel are absolutely wonderful, from the guys at the valet, to the kind faces at the reception desk, the friendly maids and the cheery staff in the restaurant, our entire stay was made so much more special by all the people we interacted with. A special shout out to our bellman who didn’t judge the ridiculous amount of luggage we brought with us for 2 nights.
Things to do in Austin, Texas
While you are in town here are my top picks of things to do in Austin.
Explore the Domain
The Archer Hotel is located inside the Domain NORTHSIDE complex which is a mix of office, retail and residential buildings. There are lots of fun shops and restaurants to visit during your stay. Directly across the road from the hotel is Sprinkle Cupcakes which has a 24-hour cupcake ATM in case you haven’t already eaten enough during your stay. There is also a beautiful new Starbucks and next to the hotel is Nordstrom which is my favourite place to shop.
Brunch at Launderette
For the perfect brunch spot look no further than Launderette the food, decor and staff are perfect. We had the pancakes, the fried egg BLT, the classic Americana breakfast and the fries. I cannot rave enough about this fun brunch spot.
Dinner at the Salty Sow
During our stay in Austin we had dinner at the Salty Sow which is an American Gastropub that serves contemporary farmhouse fare. We were there to celebrate my best friends Birthday and we were not disappointed. For an appetizer a must order are the duck fat fries, they are some of the best I have ever eaten. For the main course I would highly recommend getting the crisp chicken thighs which were incredibly moist with a crunchy skin with a side of the cauliflower casserole. For dessert we had the bananas foster beignets which were the most incredible thing ever, I am still dreaming about them.
Dessert at Voodoo Doughnut
If doughnuts are your thing, they are certainly my thing, then a trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete without buying a Voodoo Doughnut. You might have to wait in like for 10-15 minutes but I assure you it’s worth the wait.
Street Art in Austin
If you and your girlfriend want to get some fun pictures together there are a bunch of great murals in downtown Austin that provide the perfect backdrop. Some of the classics include:
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