After years of delays, the newest hotel in downtown Austin is finally checking in guests.
The Austin Marriott Downtown, the 31-story, 613-room hotel located at 304 E. Cesar Chavez St., just steps from the Austin Convention Center, is now open and has 60,000 square feet of meeting space, several new restaurants and bars Rooftop pool terrace with sweeping views of downtown.
The new Austin Marriott Downtown was originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2019 to expand the offering of the existing JW Marriott Austin Hotel on Second Street and Congress Avenue. This date was finally postponed to summer 2020. Many challenges that arose due to the pandemic, this date has been pushed back again.
The Austin Marriott Downtown is now operational and is celebrating its grand opening with a special offer: Through May 30, guests will receive a 15 percent discount on rooms and two free cocktails in the property’s restaurants and bars.
These include Zanzibar, the Tiki-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant, which opened in September and are located on the seventh floor of the hotel’s rooftop pool deck, as well as the Corinne Restaurant, a ground floor spot with American home cooking and a spacious outdoor deck The Lobbyist, a two story cocktail bar and lounge. The hotel also owns Loaf + Vine, a municipal grocery store that sells baked goods, take-away items, coffee and freshly prepared meals.
The Austin Marriott Downtown is designed in a contemporary style, emphasizing natural Texan materials such as cedar and limestone. It has 25 suites and a range of technical amenities, including a contactless check-in and check-out service as well as elevator and television control in the room via a personal smartphone.
But it is the property’s spacious and flexible meeting accommodations that hotel representatives are hailing as particularly noteworthy. The hotel’s event and meeting rooms are tailored to any type of gathering, from those that require socially distant configurations to larger conventions. They include an 18,000 square meter exhibition hall and two 14,000 square meter ballrooms. In combination with the meeting room in the sister hotel JW Marriott Austin, the two hotels now own a significant portion of the city’s event space.
Both the JW Marriott Austin and the new Austin Marriott Downtown are owned by the hotel development and management company White Lodging, which owns and / or manages more than 4,000 guest rooms and 10 restaurants and bars in downtown Austin, including the Westin Austin. Aloft Austin Downtown and the recently opened Millennial Hotel Moxy Austin on the drag.
With businesses in downtown Austin particularly hard hit by the pandemic, the opening of the Austin Marriott Downtown is a remarkable moment for the business and the hospitality industry in general.
“At this hotel, Austin’s individuality meets the spirit of Texas,” says David Meisner, general manager of the Austin Marriott Downtown. “With our state-of-the-art conference facilities, a large selection of dining options and carefully furnished guest rooms, guests can develop their full creative potential. We are ready to be the first to safely welcome so many people to this great city when travel takes hold again. “