Opening Shot: LINE Hotels Plants a Flag in Austin

Designer Sean Knibb and architect Michael Hsu used the city's creative energy as inspiration for the highly anticipated arrival.

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Location: Austin

Designers: Sean Knibb and Michael Hsu

On offer: The bones of downtown’s midcentury Radisson building are home to the latest property from Sydell Group, whose portfolio includes the Freehand and Nomad hotels. Guests can expect Texas-themed tomes from nearby South Congress Books and works by up-and-coming local artists in the 428 rooms, a sleek pool overlooking Lady Bird Lake, and a regular schedule of programming anchored by live music shows. 

Standout features: Top Chef winner Kristen Kish uses French and Italian techniques to gussy up comfort food staples at her first-ever restaurant, Arlo Grey. An outpost of L.A.’s popular brew shop Alfred—the culprit behind the viral Instagram phrase “But first coffee”—serves up matcha in the lobby. 

(Photos: Chase Daniel)

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