Arrival Experience: Some guests arrive at the Hangar Hotel using the runway since the Gillespie County Airport allows planes to park right up by the hotel’s front entrance. Others come in from San Antonio or the nearby highways that lead to popular Fredericksburg, which boasts an eclectic vibe of vintage stores, friendly cafes, and numerous wine stores and vineyards. Free parking is convenient, and the hotel’s lobby continues the aviation theme. Vintage suitcases and authentic aviation prints line the walls and entranceway giving avgeeks just want they want to see. There is rarely a wait, and since this is Texas, the welcome is warm and unformal. Converted from a former World War II military hangar, this 50-room hotel is now the perfect option for those in town to explore Fredericksburg. There is no missing the historic aircraft situated at the main entrance (you can’t just drive by this hotel!).
Dining: The dining room features model planes, memorabilia, USO history, and regional artwork. Set up like a classic 1940s diner, the menu serves three meals a day and is casual and home-style cooking with numerous southern dishes. Views from the dining booths face the runway giving pilots and other aviation fans plenty to entertain themselves with as they eat. Terrazzo floors and a bar with soda fountain stools create a nostalgic atmosphere. A bar opens during the evening hours, and those that plan group events can book the Officer’s Club with its granite fireplace, leather furnishings, and grand piano for a unique space. For those that want to dine in town, a popular recommendation is Otto’s German Bistro in town. It is especially popular with locals offering authentic European cuisine and hand-picked wines from Germany and Austria among others.
Rooms: The accommodations are comfortable with soft carpeting and quiet surroundings with air conditioning and plush bedding. Bedside iPod docking stations and free wireless high speed Internet cater to modern travelers while bonuses like Keurig coffeemakers and free bottled water make for nice bonuses. Black and white-tiled bathrooms are bright with combination tubs, scented toiletries, and excellent lighting. Rooms peer out over the runway from one side, but the best views are from the observation deck on the second floor.
Amenities: A coffee and scented water station are complimentary by reception, and the aviation-themed gift shop behind the front desk has several takers. Fredericksburg is packed with tourists in high season, but even when not busy, the Hangar Hotel offers aviation fans a unique runway-facing experience and lodging with unique air-focused theme that is not available anywhere else in the region.