Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Opening a Boutique Hotel
An important message for all “Fixer Upper” fans who regret that Chip and Joanna Gaines never transformed their homes: It’s now possible to spend the night in a space created by the design stars. The couple announced their plans to open a boutique hotel in Waco, Texas come 2021.
The hotel will have about 40 rooms, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. But the experience will continue with a rooftop terrace, ballroom and street-level cafe
The building was once known as the Grand Karem Shrine. The three-story building is more than 90 years old, three stories tall and nearly 53,000 square feet. It was a former Masonic Temple, according to local KWTX News and still bears many of its unique features, like a Moorish entryway and symbols from the Freemasons and Shriners carved throughout.
The hotel’s restoration and decoration “will evoke Joanna’s affinity for timeless, classic details, while also preserving the building’s rich history and highlighting its distinctive architectural features,” according to a statement.
Fans can get a sneak peek of the hotel’s rooms, alongside a few mockups of what the building will look like, in an announcement video posted to YouTube. The couple have not yet announced a name for the hotel.
The couple is working with AJ Capital Partners, a firm whose other projects include Soho House Chicago, Thompson Nashville and the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans.
“People are responding to the idea of literally enjoying Joanna Gaines’ fabled hospitality,” Megan Henderson, executive director of City Center Waco, told the Waco Herald-Tribune. “From the very first bed-and-breakfast property they opened in McGregor, people have shown an eagerness to live as close as they can to a ‘Fixer Upper’ by choosing to stay in a Magnolia-themed and Magnolia-run property.”