Boutique ‘lifestyle’ hotel coming to booming East Austin neighborhood

A boutique hotel is taking shape in Müller. On Monday, July 6th, the Origin Hotel, dubbed a “lifestyle-oriented boutique hotel,” breaks the cornerstone for the burgeoning development on the east side and is slated to open in 2021.

The new five-story project with 120 rooms is located in Mueller’s Aldrich Street district, which is home to L’Oca d’Oro, Colleen’s kitchen, Kyoten, Alamo Drafthouse and Lady Quackenbush, among others.

The Austin Hotel des Origin Hotel – the first of the Mississippi-based Thrash Group in Texas – offers “well-appointed rooms and suites with a local funky flair and color,” in keeping with the hospitality trend of tailoring hotel properties to an adventure-hungry millennium-minded clientele.

With that in mind, Origin also offers a kind of spatial experience where you can choose your own adventure. It ranges from dormitory-style accommodations with six bunk beds to well-appointed suites with patios. Other amenities include in-room yoga equipment, rooms with kitchenettes, valet parking, a “social and welcoming lobby” where guests check-in, fitness and meeting rooms, and a guide to curating “local experiences.”

“What we at Mueller offer is an upscale hotel experience that focuses on three pillars: creating a lifestyle that informs guests about local, handpicked activities that are inspired by our guests; Establishing a balanced and fresh approach to the well-being of body, mind and soul; and to develop a strong sense of community based on local partnerships with local restaurants, farmers, coffee roasters and more to connect people with more meaningful experiences, ”said Walker Thrash, partner at developer The Thrash Group, in a press release.

Origin will also feature a restaurant and bar with an open kitchen that will be open to both hotel guests and the public, and more than 5,000 square feet of retail space. Details of the restaurant / bar concept and the shops were not disclosed.

“We remained thoughtful and selective in finding the right hotel partner who understood the vision of a living and activated environment that we will continue to deliver along Aldrich Street at Mueller,” said Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President of Catellus, the Developer of Müller. “Origin will be a great addition to the mix of offerings that make Aldrich Street a unique destination that cultivates like-minded retail tenants.”

At the forefront of the design are Austin-based Lake Flato Architects and Lusk Architecture, based in Ohio. The design of the courtyard around which the hotel is laid out is overseen by Austin’s Studio Balcones. The hotel’s design, according to the publication, uses materials already seen in Mueller buildings like The Thinkery.

Aiming for three-star LEED-Silver and Austin Energy Green Building certification, the team has designed the new hotel using materials that “have been carefully put together in a surprising and elegant manner, and blend in with the nearby urban fabric,” according to a press release “.

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