Bunkhouse Group Continues Austin Expansion With The Carpenter Hotel

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Bunkhouse Group, a hotel company that has made its mark on Austin’s South Congress Avenue, is expanding its brand to operate another hotel in the Texas capital.

Austin-based Bunkhouse takes over management of the Carpenter Hotel, one of the city’s newest properties, as well as the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Carpenters Hall. The hotel and restaurant are located on Josephine Street, adjacent to South Lamar Boulevard and Barton Springs Road.

“The Carpenter Hotel is a perfect addition to Bunkhouse’s growing Texas portfolio,” said Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard Hotels and Bunkhouse Group, in written remarks to the American-Statesman. “The property is already so popular, and we look forward to overlapping with Bunkhouse culture,” including live music and the arts, said Lalvani.

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Bunkhouse Group has taken over management of the Carpenter Hotel and Carpenters Hall Restaurant, which are located off South Lamar Boulevard and Barton Springs Road.  (Photo by Alex Lau)

Standard International, operator of Standard Hotels, bought a majority stake in Bunkhouse in 2015. Bunkhouse was founded in 2006 by famous Austin hotelier Liz Lambert, but she no longer remains the Creative Director in the fall. 2019.

The Carpenter development is nestled in a former pecan plantation in the popular Zilker neighborhood of South Austin. The property is close to some of the city’s most popular spots, including Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool, Ann and Roy Butler Biking and Hiking Trail, and Barton Creek Greenbelt.

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Bunkhouse’s new management agreement marks the fifth hotel the brand operates in Austin, and its first outside of the South Congress area.

Bunkhouse transformed the San José Motor Court hotel on South Congress, directly across from the iconic Continental Club, into a trendy property with high rates that continue to draw locals and tourists alike.

In addition to Austin, Bunkhouse operates hotels in Marfa, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Mexico City.

Taking over the management of Carpenter, Bunkhouse said he plans design updates throughout the property.

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Bunkhouse plans to renovate the hotel’s bedrooms, pool, lobby and restaurant. New cultural programming, retail offerings and a swim club are also planned.

The development is on the former site of Carpenters Local 1266 Union Hall, built in 1949.

The Carpenter Hotel has 93 rooms in a mid-century Carpenters Union building, a shaded courtyard and pool, an event pavilion, and an on-site restaurant and cafe.

Carpenter Hotel will be the ninth hotel in operation in Bunkhouse’s portfolio and the seventh in Texas.

In addition to the Hotel San José, Bunkhouse operates the Hotel Saint Cecilia; the Austin Motel; Jo’s coffee; and most recently, the new Hotel Magdalena and Summer House restaurants on Music Lane in Austin.

Other properties include the Havana and Ocho Hotel in San Antonio, El Cosmico in Marfa, the San Cristóbal and Benno Hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico, and the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco.

In 2016, Bunkhouse took over the operations of the Austin Motel at 1220 S. Congress Ave.

Austin Motel, a South Congress staple since the 1930s and long owned by the Dean family, had just been acquired by Greenfield Partners, a Connecticut-based investment management firm.

In a statement at the time, Lambert said she planned to keep “the Austin Motel’s iconic identity, character and spirit” intact.


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