The Four Seasons is my favorite hotel in downtown Austin, but up in the north part of town, smack in the middle of the Domain shopping/office/residential center is a newcomer, The Archer. It’s hard to beat if you’re in that part of town. This is the reception area which is contemporary with a Texas twist. For example, the black wall you see is made of used Western leather black belts stripped together to make panels. Contemporary Texana and art is a hallmark of this independent hotel. The staff is young and eager. I lost my iphone – for the first time in my life (!) and didn’t have a clue about how to find it, but the gracious front-desk manager showed me how to search for it using his iphone. We tracked it down, and it was returned to me the next day.

The lobby has a grand staircase wrapped in a wallpaper photograph of horses. You feel like you’re galloping with the herd as you ascend.

The rooftop pool continues with the Texas elements, has an open firepit, and big-screen TV for sporting events. This is UT land, after all.

Archer Pool

This is a basic room. The more you pay, the more elaborate they become. Even basic, it was super comfortable for a couple of days and there are scads of restaurants across and down the street, all easy walking. Nordstrom’s is across the street, a few feet away. Neiman’s is a block or two from the front door.

This was poster art in my room. Classic “Austin Is Weird” theme.

Archer poster art