Last weekend Austin and I hung out with The Guild for a fun pool party and staycation at one of their local properties. The Guild offers all the comforts of a conventional hotel, including concierge services and parking, but instead of one building they have rooms located around town in various luxury apartment buildings. So, you get to stay in a nice apartment that’s in a great location – plus you get the chance to mingle with locals! Pretty cool, right? Currently The Guild has properties in Austin and Dallas, but they have plans to expand to Miami, Nashville, and Denver by the end of the year.
The great thing about The Guild is that check-in and check-out is all virtual. There’s no front desk or lines to wait in. Prior to arrival you’ll receive a text and an email with the details of your stay with important info like building access codes, your room number, and your room code. Each room is set up with a secure code for entry that is switched up after each guest’s stay. They also send a link to a survey that allows you to customize your stay by filling out specific preferences on features such as grocery items and room temperatures. If you have any issues at all, you can always text a member of The Guild team for help!
With that being said, Austin and I did have some trouble getting into our building/room initially. We were at the wrong door, so the code that was provided to us didn’t work. However, we were able to call my contact at The Guild for some quick help getting in and we were good to go. I knew that The Guild was expecting me for a pool party that day, plus I had just texted my contact a little bit before to let her know I was on the way so I wasn’t that concerned. However, I could see a situation like this potentially being a bit stressful for someone who doesn’t have anyone specifically expecting them or who is unfamiliar with the city/area that they are in.
For instance, picturing my parents using a service like this is somewhat laughable. However, for younger people or individuals that are familiar with their surroundings I think The Guild is a unique, fun experience. I love the concept and tbh wish I’d thought of it myself! I’d definitely book a stay with them again. For more info and a list of all of their properties, check out The Guild website.