by Alex Palmer | March 07, 2018
The Live Music Capital of the World is a favorite destination for groups, with its wealth of cultural attractions, a hard-to-beat culinary scene, and numerous entertainment districts. And when it comes to hotel inventory and meetings infrastructure, Austin is just getting warmed up. This year alone it is expected to add more than 1,200 new hotel rooms as well as many nonstop flights.
The biggest addition to the city's skyline is the recently opened Fairmont Austin, bringing 1,048 guest rooms and 42 suites, including exclusive Fairmont Gold rooms and lounge. Set alongside the verdant Palm Park and Waller Creek, with views of Lady Bird Lake as well as the State Capitol, the hotel connects directly to the Austin Convention Center. It also boasts plenty of meeting space of its own: more than 128,500 square feet, including two large ballrooms of more than 25,000 square feet each, and a 21,000-square-foot outdoor deck with space for more than 1,800 visitors. At 37 stories high, it's now the second-tallest structure in downtown Austin.

Among the other properties coming online early this year is Homewood Suites Downtown Rainey, bringing 150 rooms to the hip and historic Rainey Street area, featuring a stretch of single-family homes that now house bars and restaurants. Later 2018 will see the opening of the 76-room East Austin Hotel in the East Austin entertainment district; the 99-room The Faulk at Green Pastures, which is connected to the iconic Green Pastures venue and restaurant (established in 1893); and the 93-room Carpenter Hotel.