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Chip and Joanna Gaines Open Waco Hotel

Fans can watch the hotel remodel in 'Fixer Upper: The Hotel'

By Amy Durham

A man sits on a sofa and a woman stands next to him in a library with classic style.
Chip and Joanna Gaines in Hotel 1928 || Courtesy of Magnolia Network

On Nov. 3, Chip and Joanna Gaines opened their luxury boutique hotel, Hotel 1928, in Waco, a stone’s throw away from Magnolia Market, the couple’s retail complex. Chip and Joanna gained nationwide fame for their home renovation expertise showcased on the HGTV series “Fixer Upper” before moving on to additional projects including books, a restaurant, a bed and breakfast, more TV series, and an entire TV network.

A restaurant with banquettes on the left and tables on the right is decorated in green and wood tones.
The Brasserie at Hotel 1928 || Courtesy of Magnolia Network

Their new hotel, named after the year it was built, is a remodel of the former Grand Karem Shrine building in downtown Waco and was made possible in partnership with Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners. The construction and design process is documented in a six-episode series, “Fixer Upper: The Hotel,” that premiered on the Magnolia Network in October.

A hotel lounge with dusty pink loveseats is decorated in art deco style.
Hotel 1928 sitting area || Courtesy of Hotel 1928

With more 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, the hotel can accommodate up to 500 guests. The property maintains its original neo-gothic 1920s style in 33 guest rooms with green tile, white marble accents, rich wood finishes, combined with contemporary textile patterns and conveniences. The ballroom, library, and lobby provide elegant spaces for meetings, and three dining venues offer flexibility for custom menus. Bertie’s of the Roof is a rooftop bar, The Brasserie at Hotel 1928 offers Southern culinary selections, and the Cafe at Hotel 1928 provides guests with all-day dining options. Concierge service is available 24 hours.