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Gateway Guesthouse offers a chic alternative to downtown hotels

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The Gateway Guesthouse just across Ladybird Lake from downtown Austin is a hip and cool bed-and-breakfast, making it the perfect home base for business or leisure visitors who want the convenience of a downtown hotel, combined with the chic style of an urban loft.

The property is located in the historic Travis Heights neighborhood, making it just minutes from the shops and restaurants of South Congress and a short taxi ride to downtown nightspots, restaurants and various recreational options.

Blaise Bahara and Bess Giannakakis have renovated a 1919 part-Dutch Colonial Revival and part-Craftsman house and created a space that is both modern and inviting. The downstairs features a living room where guests can curl up in oversized leather chairs and read, a stately dining room that seats fourteen, and a roomy kitchen where guests can take cooking classes and prepare meals.

Just outside the kitchen is a wide covered porch with a large table for outdoor meals and a spacious swimming pool with an in-ground spa. The guest suites have HD TV, plush cottons and luxurious bedding, sitting areas, and private balconies—overlook the lush gardens.

The owners cater to every guest need, including pre-arrival arrangements like tickets or scheduling in-room or poolside services such as massages, manicures, and pedicures from Viva Day Spa. The attention to detail is evidenced by everything, from the gourmet gift baskets to the Egyptian cotton towels.

Part of the remarkable Gateway experience is the food—whether guests request entrées for a private setup or take a class and learn something new. Chef Bess, who for more than 20 years worked in some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis and is now entrenched in the explosive culinary scene in Austin, has a passion for using local ingredients to make amazing meals—and she inspires others through her creations and no-nonsense techniques.

Whether indoor or out, the bed and breakfast is ideal for a small group that wants a no-fuss ceremony and celebration.

The Details:

Address: 1001 E. Riverside Drive, Austin TX 78704.

Phone: (512) 326-2646

Web: gatewayguest.com

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