Second Downtown Austin Boutique Hotel Announced

In the last few months, a relative drought of new hotel growth has been broken. Now, there are two boutique hotels and one convention hotel planned for Downtown Austin’s main artery, Congress Avenue.

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The most recent announcement is a 28-story, 210-room hotel and office space with a live music venue. The hotel itself could occupy 12 or 13 stories above the office space, and the building may include multiple restaurants and a plaza. Architects for the project are Lake|Flato, of San Antonio, TX, who also designed the fantastic Hotel San Jose on South Congress and the Livestrong building in East Austin. Luckily for us Austinites, a “Big-Box” design may be out of the question:

Established in 1984, Lake|Flato has gained national recognition for architecture that is rooted to its place, responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. With a palette of regional materials, we create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, “the project could break ground next summer and take up to two years to build.” These two planned boutique hotels, the prior at 416 Congress, are the first hotel development on that street (north of the river) since the mid-sixties. There are also plans for a high-end, 1,003-room Marriott Marquis convention hotel on the block between 2nd and 3rd street at Congress Ave. This will be operated by White Lodging, who are also overseeing development of the 296-room, 17-story Hyatt Place one block from the Convention Center (anticipated opening date Spring 2013). Not to mention the other planned 1,100-room convention hotel, which will just a couple blocks from the aforementioned properties.

Over the next few years, these projects alone will add more than 2,600 Downtown Austin hotel rooms. All of these will be good options for an USGP Hotel near the Circuit of the Americas – they will all be within 15 miles of the track. Below are some renderings of hotels in development at the time of writing:

Austin TX Hotel Marriott Marquis Rendering - White Lodging

Austin Downtown Hotel - Marriott Marquis - Rendering - White Lodging

Austin Hotel - Hyatt Place - White Lodging

Austin Downtown Hotel - Hyatt Place Rendering - White Lodging




The proposed Manchester Texas Hotel in Downtown Austin

Austin Downtown Hotel - Manchester Convention Project - Rendering

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