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Thompson Austin and Tommie Hotel Review – Texas Travel Files


In the summer of 2022, we visited the newly opened Thompson Austin, the hotel brand’s third foray into Texas (after Dallas and San Antonio) and the first to introduce a two-hotel concept with the addition of tommie.

JNestled between 5th and 6th Streets, the new Thompson Austin Hotel opened its doors last January in the heart of the city’s downtown. The mixed-use building (designed by bKL Architecture) is a stylish addition to the downtown Austin skyline, with 212 luxurious rooms and suites designed by KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group, as well as 17 residence halls, a wellness center -to be 6,700 square feet, a rooftop pool deck, two restaurants, and private event space.

And while this is the Thompson brand’s third Texan offering, there’s one major distinction: the addition of tommie.

Los Angeles may be home to the first tommie, a boutique hotel spin-off from the Thompson brand aimed at young travelers, but Austin is the first example of a combined Thompson and tommie experience.

Note: We spent our weekend at the Thompson Austin, so we’ll have a little more detail on that unique side of the hotel.

The new Austin property includes the Thompson and the Tommie – two distinct hotels in one. (Photo by Al Argueta)

In Brief: The Thompson vs. Tommie

With entrances right next to each other on San Jacinto Boulevard, the Thompson Austin and the Tommie Austin blend together until you head to your room. Both share hotel amenities like the state-of-the-art gym, rooftop pool and gardens, and all four dining options.

Tommie’s idea was to create a more laid-back experience for a traveler who doesn’t spend as much time in their room but can still access the more luxurious aspects that Thompson offers. Slightly cheaper rooms are smaller but still feature a cool, minimalist design by Venice-based Studio Collective.

Rooms at the Thompson Austin were designed by KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group. (Photo by Chase Daniel)

Rooms at the Thompson Austin

Luxury meets hipster at the new Thompson Austin, especially when it comes to room design. A few focal points in the King City View room include dark green leather headboards, concrete ceilings, and views that double as artwork. Our room faced directly onto 6th Street with the historic Driskell Hotel in full view. I was a little concerned when I saw that free earplugs were provided with a note on the sadly noisy street, but we heard nothing all night.

The bathrooms in the Thompson rooms include DS and DURGA amenities. (Photo by Chase Daniel)

The small things

The hotel’s sleek bathrooms feature black toilets, black-and-white speckled tile, gold accents, and DS & DURGA products (including the hotel’s trademark Thompson perfume). Each room comes with a few cozy hooded bathrobes and slippers to borrow.

Rooms also include Nespresso coffeemakers and a bar stocked with Texas-origin snacks and Tito’s (of course).

The Thompson Austin has a rooftop pool on the 4th floor, which includes the Wax Myrtle bar and restaurant. (Photo by Al Argueta)

The rooftop swimming pool

Located on the fourth floor, Thompson Austin’s rooftop pool deck is stunning. It includes Wax Myrtle’s Club, where you can easily grab bites or a cocktail to sip by the pool. There are several lounge chairs (first come, first served) but you can also reserve a cabana.

The fitness center

The 6,700 square foot wellness center includes treadmills, ellipticals, climbers, Peloton bikes, a weightlifting area, a squat rack, and more. There are also private rooms that can be used for TRX training and HIIT workouts, a spin class room, a yoga and dance class room, and a sports simulation room. What else would you need?

The Hide-A-Way Cheeseburger is a staple at Wax Myrtle’s.

Dinner at Thompson Austin

wax myrtle

My favorite part of our stay was dinner at Wax Myrtle’s. The Mediterranean restaurant has just released a new menu and it is exceptional. First, start with the heirloom tomato burrata and warm truffle feta. The feta is topped with pistachios giving it a creamy and crunchy balance. Then don’t miss the sweet potato fries, they’re not the usual. These are thin slices of sweet potato with jalapeno yogurt, barbecue oil, za’atar and cilantro. And finally, shared or not, the Hide-A-Way Cheeseburger is perfect for both. It’s wagyu beef topped with melted cottage cheese, pickles, golden sauce and chopped red onion.

As for cocktails, you can’t go wrong with BDAY – a mezcal-based drink with Cappelletti, Strega, lime, grapefruit soda and a gentian aperitif. Or if you’re more of a whiskey lover, the Day Trip is a sweet strawberry favourite.

Diner Bar at the Thompson Austin serves upscale Southern cuisine, like fried quail with chicken. (Photo by Jasmine Porter)

Dinner bar

Founded by John O. Morisano and award-winning chef James Beard Mashama Bailey (Savannah’s The Grey), this Southern fine-dining restaurant in Thompson Austin is led by Executive Chef Kristine Kittrell. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the Diner Bar is the Grey’s sister restaurant.

Be sure to start with the Eleven Twenty-Five cocktail. It is a drink made from white rum with cognac, cinnamon and lime. For appetizers, don’t miss the liver and grits – the duck liver sits on a plate of grits, served with strawberry mostarda and onion sauce, providing the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The lamb pancake is another favorite with mashed potatoes and braised greens. The menu also has fresh oysters and fried quail with chicken which looked delicious.

The gray market

Around the corner from Diner Bar, The Gray Market (also founded by Morisano and Chef Bailey) offers grab-and-go bites and an all-day menu of Southern fare. If you dine there, you can expect breakfast items, The Gray Market burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, salads, soups and more. A few ready-to-go sandwiches, salads and spreads (pimento, whipped ricotta, hummus) are also available to purchase and take to your room or office. Local draft beer and wine are also available.

The Thompson Austin also includes a West Texas-inspired cafe and wine bar on the ground floor. (Photo by Chase Daniel)

Tommie’s coffee bar

Need a quick caffeine fix or a good place to hang out? The hotel is also home to an all-day cafe and bar designed to evoke the warmth of West Texas. The menu features coffee from Dripping Springs’ Greater Goods Coffee Co. There’s a communal table, bar seating, and places by the fireplace to relax or work while sipping a latte or local craft beer.

In addition to all of these perks inside the hotel, Thompson is within walking distance of so many Austin favorites. The Paramount Theater, Antone’s Nightclub and, of course, 6th Street are all within walking distance. Also, don’t forget to grab a donut from Voodoo Donut any time of the day.

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