Austin’s hotel room inventory increased by more than a thousand rooms on Monday with the opening of the Fairmont Austin, the largest Fairmont property in the United States, and the brand’s second largest property globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space.
“A strategic opening for AccorHotels, Fairmont Austin is the first in a series of high-profile luxury developments marking a time of significant growth for the Group and its brands in North and Central America,” said Kevin Frid, chief operating officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “Other notable openings anticipated in the next 18 to 24 months include the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City, Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay in the Caribbean, and several soon-to-be-announced projects with the potential to introduce new brands into the region.”
Officially the largest hotel and second tallest building in the Texas capital, the 37-storey property has nearly 140,000 square feet of meeting and event space, five restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool and full-service spa in Downtown Austin, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk.
“Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions…“
Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive lifestyle hotel experience, is available in 131 rooms and suites on the 32nd through 35th floors. It offers private check-in and checkout; complimentary deluxe breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres in the Gold lounge; and dedicated concierge team.
“The project has truly been a labour of love, and it has shown in every team member’s passion and excitement leading up to opening,” said Tom Voss, managing director, Fairmont Austin. “The city of Austin continues to grow, both in size and popularity, and we are elated to be bringing a new level of luxury and service standards to this already incredible community.”
“The opening of Fairmont Austin truly changes the economic structure of the Texas capital. With events such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits growing in attendance year-over-year, new events popping up monthly, and groups targeting the burgeoning city for conferences and private events, Austin has a high demand for additional hotel rooms and event spaces,” explains Frid. “Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions, bringing more tourists and business travellers to the city, and employing more than 900 staff, continuing to bolster the Austin economy.”