Commodore Perry Estate
Press and Accolades
Travel + Leisure | It List 2021: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World
April 20, 2021
The first urban hotel from Auberge Resorts Collection began as a grand Jazz Age residence for a wealthy businessman. The original 1928 Italianate mansion remains the centerpiece, but Auberge has added an adjacent three-story building with a similar feel (white stucco façade, arched hallways, a terra-cotta roof) that gives the whole 10-acre property a cohesive look. Interior designer Ken Fulk created a baroque world of dusty-pink walls and muraled ceilings and filled it with Spanish Revival–inspired furnishings sourced from the famed Round Top antiques fair nearby. Even with all the eye candy, the best part of a stay might be a few hours spent lounging poolside under a canopy of oak trees with lunch from chef Bradley Nicholson, who uses produce supplied by the estate's two-acre farm.
Austin American Statesman | The wait is over: Lutie's Garden Restaurant opens at Commodore Perry Estate
April 7, 2021
When married chefs Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu announced in December 2019 their return to Austin from San Francisco to open Lutie’s Garden Restaurant at the Commodore Perry Estate, they could not have imagined what the next few months would bring. The Auberge Resorts Collection hotel and private club eventually opened at the end of June, and the chefs, who both worked at Barley Swine before heading to some of San Francisco’s top restaurants, stayed busy serving hotel guests and club members. Now, almost a year after its intended opening, the chefs get to unveil the crown jewel of the jazz-era property’s dining options. Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, named after estate matriarch Nannie Lewette “Lutie” Perry, will open to the general public for dinner service on April 14, with mandatory reservations now being accepted via OpenTable.
360 West | An Urban Landmark Transitions Stylishly into a Boutique Hotel
"Auberge Resorts Collection has reimagined an Austin landmark for one of its newest hospitality projects, the Commodore Perry Estate. This architectural gem, built in 1928, is set on 10 acres with formal gardens in the central city’s Hancock Park, and was once the country estate of Edgar “Commodore” Perry, a longtime Austin real estate developer."
Austin-American Statesman | A New Classic
July 9, 2020
"Few Austinites can remember when the 10-acre Commodore Perry Estate, which opened June 29 as a resort hotel, served as a gracious hilltop residence overlooking Waller Creek and what was then the Austin Country Club. There, Edgar Howard Perry, a cotton trader, hotel owner and developer, lived in a 10,800-squarefoot Italianate home, built in 1928, with his wife, Nannie Lewette “Lutie” Perry, and their adult son, Edgar Howard Perry Jr., along with their servants."
Texas Monthly | First Look: Austin’s Most Anticipated Grand Hotel
June 29, 2020
"The original mansion has been brought back to life, and once again sets the scene for a roaring good time thanks to interior designer Ken Fulk, who also outfitted the property’s new Inn, a three-story courtyard-style building with 42 guest rooms and 7 terrace suites. Join us below on an exclusive, virtual tour of the resort’s idyllic grounds (BYO champagne coupe optional)."
Garden & Gun | The Southern Agenda: Hotel Texas
"The funny thing is, Commodore Edgar Perry wasn't really a commodore at all," says Marco Bustamante, general manager at the new Commodore Perry Estate in Austin. Perry once lost his houseboat during a flood on Lake Austin, and after that, there were no shaking the tongue-in-cheek nickname. Although perhaps inept with watercraft, Perry was a successful early-twentieth-century businssman, estate builder, and host, as evidenced by the gorgeous ten-acre property that he owned and once claimed was "a great place to throw a party."
Food & Wine | 20 Highly Anticipated Restaurants Opening This Spring
February 25, 2020
The best part of winter ending, aside from longer days and shorter jackets, is the return of spring dining. Not only do we feel more inclined to venture out for dinner when it's brighter and marginally warmer, but we're also enticed by a flurry of new openings. This spring, several highly anticipated concepts are opening around the country. Located at the lush, historic Commodore Perry Estate in Central Austin, the restaurant will serve seasonal Texas cuisine, sourcing from the on-property garden and local purveyors.
Vogue | 5 Places to Travel This Spring
February 20, 2020
As a tatted-up, grill-wearing James Franco so eloquently uttered in Spring Breakers: “Spring Break forever.” And while all that movie left me with was an irrational fear of hot tubs, the sentiment still stands—March and April are prime months to pack your bags and get out of town. But to where, and to do what? There’s a number of fabulous places on Vogue’s radar, each occupying a different spring travel niche. Some are perfect for relaxation, some for adventure, and others for raging. (In the spirit of the season, we had to include at least one.) Below, our favorite five.
Chron | Eclectic boutique hotel Commodore Perry Estate slated to launch in Austin this April
February 6, 2020
Some Texas food fans are likely already familiar with Lutie’s, an upcoming and wildly anticipated Austin restaurant. However, not as many diners know about the hotel that houses the whimsical new establishment: The Commodore Perry Estate, which is slated to make its debut in April. At Lutie’s, former Barley Swine industry names, Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu, will be offering New American fare made with locally sourced ingredients.The name of the restaurant comes from the property’s original owners: Edgar Howard Perry and his wife, Lutie. When it opens sometime in early 2021, look for it on the east side of the property.
Houstonia | This New Austin Resort Looks Absolutely Dreamy
January 31, 2020
"WEDDING PLANNERS AND WANDERLUSTERS, MEET YOUR MATCH. A new resort debuting in Austin this April aims to rival Texas Hill Country’s most luxurious offerings, and if these stunning renderings teach us anything about the forthcoming Commodore Perry Estate, it’s that its operators, California-based hospitality group Auberge Resorts Collection, sure knows how to make an entrance. Though the resort is located in the heart of Austin, on the historic country estate of Edgar Howard Perry and his wife, Lutie, its 10-acre compound, including their 10,800-square-foot mansion (dating back to 1928) and enchanting grounds, feels fairly secluded, situated as it is along Waller Creek and a municipal golf course in Hancock Park. Between the mansion and a new building designed to mimic it, the Commodore Perry Estate will feature 42 hotel rooms and 12 suites. The lovely on-site chapel, pool area, and sunken gardens will surely make this everyone’s favorite new destination-wedding buy out. The property is on the National Register of Historic Places. "
Travel + Leisure | 83 Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2020
January 31, 2020
The new year is here, and from the number of recent and planned hotel openings, it’s clear that the hospitality industry is booming. A few trends became apparent as we gathered details on new hotels and resorts around the world. The focus on wellness continues: Several properties offer not only high-quality fitness centers and spas, but also yoga, fitness, and nutrition experts, as well as group exercise classes and individual trainers. There's also an emphasis on the health of the planet, as properties are promoting sustainability and letting guests know of their efforts to conserve resources, reduce waste in their culinary outlets, and provide experiences that contribute to the overall improvement of the environment. "Set in the heart of the city on a 10-acre estate, this ultra-luxury property comprises a 10,800-square-foot home, a chapel, and gardens enclosed in a walled compound. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate is designed for both leisure and business travelers."
Robb Report | The 21 Most Hotly Anticipated US Restaurant Openings of 2020
January 6, 2020
"Drawing from the gardens of the landmark Commodore Perry Estate and local purveyors, husband-and-wife culinary team Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu will open a luxe seasonal restaurant. The two Texas natives have worked in some of the world’s best kitchens honing their skills before their homecoming. Nicholson, who has cooked at Benu, Birdsong and Matt Orlando’s Amass, will handle the savory side, while Querejazu, an alum of Quince, Saison and Le Meurice, will lead the pastry kitchen."
Fortune | 2020’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings
January 1, 2020
From a resort complex in Malaysia to a “super boutique hotel” in central London to a 14-room hideaway surrounded by the gardens of Versailles, there’s no shortage of “see it to believe it” concepts opening in the new year. Here are the hotspots discerning globe-trotters will be clamoring to check into in 2020 and beyond.
Austin Woman | Food For Thought: Here's what's cookin' this month in the Austin culinary world
"“Planning the opening of a restaurant around the start of the new year gives me the opportunity to set high standards for zero waste and sustainability in the kitchen from the start. I want to recycle everything and waste nothing in 2020. Having a garden on property is a major advantage and seems to be a fully functioning circle in my mind. With the in-house garden, I’m able to source fresh, organic ingredients and then recycle the compost in the garden to keep it lush.” — Susana Querejazu, executive pastry chef at Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, opening in the spring"
Bloomberg | Eight Ways Travel Will Change in 2020
December 23, 2019
These eight trends will reshape the way you get around. The 2010s were the decade when travel became easier. The arrival of short-term lodging services, the embrace of “second cities,” and the rapid growth of budget airlines both shrunk our globe and made it more intriguing. And the siren song of social media sent us to far-flung corners in search of “authentic,” “local,” and “undiscovered” places, or (contrarily) to recreate influencers’ brilliant snaps.
Austin American Statesman | Talented Barley Swine Veterans Return to Austin to Open New Restaurant
December 20, 2019
Lutie’s Garden Restaurant will source from a farm on-site to create seasonal, vegetable-driven dishes, with an emphasis on aged proteins and fermentation. While there are no details on the menu, Nicholson states there will be “simple presentations of ingredients that are meticulously cared for.” The restaurant is slated to open in the spring.
Architectural Digest | The Best-Designed New Hotels of 2020
December 19, 2019
The preeminent design hotel of 2020 is difficult to describe in just one word or phrase. Our newest annual list is curated with something for everyone. Architect Lord Norman Foster (who designed the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center that made our 2019 list) describes the hotels of the future as places that are all about lifestyles—inviting the community to become a part of the property. Opening in March 2020 is a treasured historic landmark reborn with a resort-style sensibility in an idyllic section of the Texas city. Located in the neighborhood of Hancock Park, this traditional property that dates back to 1927 has only 42 rooms and 12 suites, complete with a chapel and gardens. Designed by Ken Fulk, the resort boasts a varied history: It housed several private schools as well as a convent. Rooms echo the history of the place.
Austin American Statesman | Luxury hotel set for spring debut at Austin’s storied Commodore Perry Estate
December 11, 2019