Round Top’s Cool New Hotels: Cotton Pearl and Hotel Bebe Shake Up the Scene
The region's exponential growth has inspired a lodging boom with clever entrepreneurs jumping in.
Round Top’s exponential growth has inspired a lodging boom as clever entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to serve the tens of thousands of visitors that descend on the area each antiques show season. These cool new hotels are also inspiring more visitors to check out the Texas countryside on random off weekends and to book special occasions in-between the shows.
The Cotton Pearl Motel is one of two new Round Top lodging options that opened during the fall show. When the Cotton Pearl opens for good this Sunday, January 1, you’ll find anything but the stereotypical 1960s motel.
This latest entry in Round Top’s ever-growing lodging arena — owned by Pete Bell of Cotton Holdings — is a charming country-style compound composed of a two-bedroom main house, The Cottontail and two smaller cottages.
Don’t miss the Rabbit Hole, a Victorian-inspired parlor and game room where champagne and an honor bar beckon. Also calling out to visitors? A private pool, pickleball court, firepit and on-site kitchen trailer for chef dinners all devised by creative director Zinat Ahmed.
The Cotton Pearl Motel is located at 404 N. Live Oak St. To book a stay, go to TheCottonPearl.com.
Meanwhile, Truth BBQ baroness Abbie Byrom-Botello (her husband Leonard Botello IV is the pit master and co-owner of the barbecue power) opened Hotel Bebe in time for the fall 2022 Round Top Antiques + Design Show with Los Angeles hat designer Teressa Foglia and the LoveShackFancy folks hosting a week-long series of events at the newly minted property.
A ranch-style main house and four standalone bungalows are all freshly renovated and decorated by Byrom-Botello’s design firm Haven Studio Design with a mix of local finds and pop art from Gino Vian. A pool and communal firepit offer socializing opportunities in the perfect hangout setting.
“The hardest I have ever worked in my life has been bringing this four-bungalow boutique property to life,” Byrom-Botello wrote in an Instagram post. “I am so grateful for the partners, guests and friends that have all supported my dream and vision for this project and all the way to the show launch.”
Hotel Bebe is located directly across Highway 237 from Marburger Farm Antique Show at 2249 S. Texas Highway 237. Stay tuned to Hotel Bebe’s Instagram @HotelBeBeRoundTop for announcements about upcoming onsite events and programming with artists, designers, and food and beverage pop-ups expected. Hotel Bebe also will be opening up spring show reservations in January.
Staying in Round Top just got even cooler.
Antique & Design Shows
Winter January 19 – 22
Spring March 16 – April 2