Wayfarer TV exclusive: Inside Austin’s renowned boutique South Congress Hotel

1603 South Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

by James Wilkinson

When it comes to the top boutique establishments in Texas, one of the brightest stars is Austin’s South Congress Hotel.

The 83-room hotel, which debuted in September 2015, has been one of the city’s best properties thanks not just to its location in the heart of a thriving neighbourhood, but for its hardwood floor and custom designed furniture-laden rooms that also boast mini bars stocked with local produce, large walk-in showers and balconies overlooking downtown Austin.

There’s also a rooftop pool, lobby bar that makes a brilliant Bobby Burns, Café No Sé for morning delights and Central Standard for grilled Amish chicken and whiskey cake.

In Episode 15 of Series 02 of Wayfarer, award-winning host James Gregory Wilkinson is in Austin, Texas and he looks at some of the best things to see and do in the capital of the Lone Star State, including booking a room at the South Congress Hotel.

In the episode, Wilkinson heads to the South Congress Hotel and talks accommodation with owner Bart Knaggs.

He then then visits legendary Texas meat joint La Barbecue to talk brisket and much more with owners LeAnn Mueller – who hails from food royalty in this state; she’s the granddaughter of the founder of the famous Louie Mueller Barbecue – and her partner Alison Clem, known as one of the finest culinary masters in Austin.

To view the episode, click on the YouTube image below.

In Series 2 of Wayfarer, being broadcast online across the world throughout 2020, Wilkinson takes viewers across the globe to some of the best hotels, bars, restaurants, galleries and attractions that several of the world’s leading destinations have to offer.

The 25-episode line-up for Series 2 includes: Austin, Texas, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, USA; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Singapore.


The best way of getting to Austin in comfort and style.

A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 in Star Wars livery


United Airlines flies daily to Austin from across the globe, with many long-haul aircraft now featuring the airline’s new Polaris Business Class suite.

Each United Polaris Business Class suite-like pod (available on selected Boeing 777, 787 and 767 aircraft) features direct access to the aisle, a 180-degree flat-bed that measures 6’6” and 23 inches wide with infinite seat recline options and one-touch lumbar support, ample storage, multiple surfaces that enable passengers to dine while working, universal A/C power as well as 2-USB ports, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen, electronic privacy dividers for seats in the center of the cabin, mood lighting and an illuminated ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign.

Additionally, a new marble-topped bar unit offers customers in business class a place to grab a mid-flight drink or snack.

The airline says this new seat “represents the latest in the continued roll-out of United Polaris, the airline’s most significant product transformation in more than a decade, featuring a reimagined, sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travellers”.

United is fast becoming one of the world’s leading airlines for business and luxury travellers, thanks to the new Polaris suites, as well as new lounges and routes across the world.

In an exclusive interview, United Airlines’ Director of Premium Services, Alexander Dorow, talks to WAYFARER Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, about the new Polaris Lounges across the United States, the new onboard product in Business Class and Premium Plus and much more.

To view the exclusive interview, click on the image below.