Fredericksburg’s new hotel will pay homage to the city’s history


A soon to be opening boutique hotel in Fredericksburg has a historic name to match its positioning on the imprint of several downtown historic buildings: Albert Hotel.

The name pays homage to Albert Keidel, the late architect and man who built a Fredericksburg hospital which is now one of the most photographed buildings in the city of Hill Country.

When complete, the Albert Hotel located at 242 Main Street will span 2 acres and integrate the new construction into the family pharmacy and original family structures of Keidel. Its developers, Austin’s New Waterloo, said it will open next summer.

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Patrick Jeffers, director of development and partner of New Waterloo, said his company had worked with the Keidel family to help transform the original late 19th-century structures on Main Street into a “unique hospitality destination in his genre”.

The Albert Hotel will occupy two hectares and will integrate the original 19th century buildings.

Courtesy of Clayton Korte

The Albert Hotel will feature a full-service swimming pool and spa.

The Albert Hotel will feature a full-service swimming pool and spa.

Courtesy of Clayton Korte

“The historical significance, beauty and character of the existing buildings, as well as their location within the city’s golden blocks, captures the soul of Hill Country,” Jeffers said in a statement.

The Albert Hotel will feature a full-service swimming pool and spa.

The Albert Hotel will feature a full-service swimming pool and spa.

Courtesy of Clayton Korte

At slightly above the industry standard for boutique hotels, the 110-room Albert Hotel will include rooms with bunk beds, suites, and a private house. The property will have three restaurants, two bars and a private dining room. The land will feature a swimming pool, fitness center, spa, and 3,600 square foot event space with a mezzanine deck and event lawn.

Architectural firm Clayton korte intends to use wood, limestone, stone and steel to create a design that will be both differentiated and compatible with the original buildings.

Kiedel’s imprint is everywhere in Fredericksburg. He built the Keidel Memorial Hospital, now worthy of Instagram Der Küchen Laden.

His father, Dr. Wilhelm Keidel, arrived in the city around its founding in 1846 and served as Gillespie County’s first physician and chief judge, according to the Texas State Historical Association. The Keidel family operated the pharmacy in what would soon become the Albert Hotel.

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