by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 07, 2019

Now that the Lone Star State has twin 1,000-room hotels near the Austin Convention Center -- the year-old Fairmont Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott Austin -- city planners are turning their attention to the facility itself, and its 247,052 square feet of meeting space. A study from the University of Texas on the downtown convention district was presented to the city council on April 2, recommending several options for growing the center and the district. No plan or timeline is in place yet.

And that's not the only change in Austin. This hip and artsy Texas destination has plenty to offer for groups of all sizes.

New Hotels in Austin 2019

Closed in November 2017 for an extensive remodeling, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa reopened May 5. More than $150 million was spent to add:

  • 181 guest rooms, bringing the property's total to 493
  • A new clubhouse was built to serve the four top-notch golf courses
  • A new spa
  • Seven dining spots
  • An event pavilion
  • Anew conference center
  • A tennis complex

The poolscape was also revitalized. The resort now offers 76,000 square feet of meeting space.

The boutique 75-room East Austin Hotel debuted in April with three food-and-beverage outlets, including a pool bar.

Hotels Coming Soon to Austin, Texas

Opening this summer is the snazzy 159-room Hotel ZaZa Austin. The property will feature the brand's signature Magnificent Seven Suites and four concept suites, as well as the Perfect Strangers restaurant and the 7th Floor Lounge. Also planned are a ZaSpa and about 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

A dual-branded Marriott property near the University of Texas Austin campus will debut in early 2020. Combined, the Otis Hotel, an Autograph Collection property, and the AC Austin will have 347 rooms and will share about 7,000 square feet of meeting space. 

Opening in August 2020 adjacent to the convention center is a 613-room, full-service Marriott hotel, which will have 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a rooftop pool and bar.