Photo: Lone Star Court, Z Resorts
Wander down a desolate Texas highway in the 1950s, and you might stumble upon one of these Lone Star state jewels called motor court motels. Now there's a boutique hotel tucked away near Austin that is reminiscent of that retro style, Lone Star Court.
An emerging wave of moteliers are now harkening back to the cool heyday of motor courts. Lone Star Court is answering that nostalgic demand in Texas. Hidden away in Austin's neighborhoods to the north, The Domain, Lone Star Court has the aesthetic of Hill Country cool. The motel features a "retro-ranch" decor throughout its 123 guest rooms.
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Just as visitors drive up to Lone Star Court's front lobby, they might notice the iconic 1954 Buick Roadmaster parked out front--the first hint that this place is aiming for a classic Americana feel. The neon sign has the 'quintessentially Texas' L-S connected cattle brand theme. When guests get their room key, the Lone Star Court host makes you feel at home, asking you if you want a cold drink, "compliments of the house,"-- be it root beer, or the real thing a cold Lone Star Beer.
Inside the retro-styled rooms, you'll find a little touch of luxury with the Egyptian cotton sheets and ample pillows. Each room has a pair of rocking chairs out front to sit back and relax, while taking in the view of the refreshing pool that's reminiscent of a Texas swimming hole. On those chilly Hill Country nights, guests can get cozy in front of the outdoor fire pits.
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The Water Trough bar and restaurant is known for their Texas style fare. including their top-rated brisket nachos and savory Cobb salad. Sip on their signature craft cocktail, famously known as 'The Chill Cowboy.' Leave room for pecan pie, though or some cheesecake.
The bar spotlights some of the hottest headliners in Austin live music, including Larry McMurtry's grandson, Curtis McMurtry. Live music is featured at The Water Trough on Thursday through Sunday, wrapping up by 11pm.
Motor court-style motels began popping up in the '40s, '50s and '60s as American families started traveling more along highways. The motor courts typically have a pool, a courtyard and rooms that open to the outside.
If you're looking for old tourist court charm and down-to-earth, friendly service, Lone Star Court awaits you.