New & Notable Developments in Austin
With so many new hotels, event spaces and restaurants opening in Austin, you might find it hard to keep up with us. No worries. We’ve provided a hot list to help you keep track of all that’s new in the city.
Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection. Courtesy of the Auberge Resorts Collection.
New Hotel Openings
Austin Proper Hotel
600 W. Second St.
This 32-story high-rise hotel includes 244 rooms and suites, 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a spa and fitness center, and a rooftop pool deck overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The tower also includes 99 luxury residences. Austin Proper wows with four restaurants and bars, including Peacock Mediterranean Grill, focused on Israeli and Turkish fare; casual cafe The Mockingbird, offering Greek dishes like falafel; La Piscina, a poolside restaurant and bar serving Mexican dishes that include wood-grilled fajitas; and Goldie’s, a sunken 30-seat cocktail bar.
Hotel ZaZa Austin
400 Lavaca St.
This luxe boutique hotel in Austin’s downtown Warehouse District features 159 guest rooms and 8,500 square feet of meeting and event space. Find handcrafted cocktails and light bites at street-level lounge Perfect Strangers. Or, venture up to the seventh floor for Group Therapy, the hotel's sky bar and restaurant, complemented by a live music venue called Stage Fright. Adjacent to Group Therapy, guests will find the hotel’s expansive deck and poolside Cabana Bar overlooking Republic Square.
Aloft Austin Airport
8000 E. Ben White Blvd.
Located close to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, this four-story hotel features 136 loft-style rooms and one meeting room offering 540 square feet of space that can accommodate 20 people. Re:fuel provides grab-and-go food options for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, WXYZ lounge features a small menu and handcrafted cocktails, along with live music.
The Otis Hotel/AC Hotel Austin-University
1901 San Antonio St.
Opening February 2020
This 11-story, dual-branded property brings an exciting new hotel complex near the University of Texas at Austin campus. The Otis Hotel includes 191 rooms, some 6,000 square feet of event space that includes a stylish ballroom, the upscale American Acre 41 restaurant and Otopia, a rooftop pool lounge featuring a raw beef and sushi bar. The AC Hotel will be the first of its kind in the Austin area, with 154 hotel rooms (and two suites), eight meeting rooms, the walk-up Burger Bar and Bar AC, serving tapas and cocktails.
Tru by Hilton Austin Airport
7900 E. Ben White Blvd.
Opening February 2020
A free shuttle takes guests to and from nearby Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The modern four-story hotel also offers free breakfast and a 24-hour market, as well as fitness and business centers.
Colton House Hotel
2510 S. Congress Ave.
Taking inspiration from HomeAway, Airbnb and the local Austin neighborhood, this three-story boutique hotel will include 80 spacious studio, one-, two and three-bedroom suites. Guests will also find a 5,000-square-foot lawn for events, a rooftop space and a restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown
604 W. Sixth St.
Opening Spring 2020
Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown hotel will have 140 rooms, including five suites, an intimate guest lobby and a relaxed, open-air courtyard that connects to a restaurant/bar that integrates with the West Sixth Street entertainment district. Amenities also include an elevated pool deck with excellent views of the street scene and downtown Austin.
South Congress Avenue
Opening Spring 2020
The lake life-inspired Hotel Magdalena will offer 89 guest rooms in the new Music Lane development on South Congress Avenue. The hotel will also feature a restaurant, poolside bar and an event lawn with 4,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space.
Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection
4100 Red River St.
Opening Spring 2020
The highly anticipated Commodore Perry Estate has caught the eye of Vogue, making its worldwide list of the 18 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2020. The honor is due in part to the eclectic style of Ken Fulk, “the must-have interior designer for Silicon Valley’s tech elite.” The 10-acre estate on Waller Creek, which includes an Italian Renaissance-style home and lush gardens, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Auberge Resorts Collection is transforming this piece of Austin history with 54 guest rooms and suites situated in the historic mansion, a newly constructed two-story building and luxurious event spaces. The plant-filled Lutie’s Garden Restaurant will feature Texan and New American fare incorporating ingredients from the grounds, as well as local producers.
Austin Marriott Downtown
304 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Opening Summer 2020
This new hotel will be situated in a prime location across from the Austin Convention Center and will include more than 600 rooms (including 25 stunning suites), some 60,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop pool, three bars and locally inspired restaurants.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, Texas
Opening Late 2020
This family-friendly, African-themed water resort and 200,000-square-foot convention center will feature an indoor/outdoor water park, a theme park, 975 guest rooms and suites, a world-class spa and salon, a state-of-the-art fitness center, five restaurants and more.
Courtesy of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
Recent Hotel Renovations
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Dr.
This Texas Hill Country retreat has finished its expansive $150 million renovation. The revamp includes a new resort tower with 180 guest rooms, redesigned existing guest rooms, six new dining outlets, a Mokara Spa with a rooftop deck, and new event space (which includes a conference center, ballroom and pavilion). A redesign of leisure amenities includes a new golf clubhouse and course renovations, an expanded poolscape and a new tennis complex.
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
2200 S. Interstate 35
The Aiden is the Best Western’s first boutique hotel. Its recently completed renovation includes room updates and a full makeover done in an Austin music theme.
Austin Delta Sky Club at ABIA. Courtesy of Delta.
Airport Expansion Update
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has completed its terminal expansion, adding nine more gates to keep pace with increasing passenger traffic and to prepare for the future growth of air service in Austin. The expansion increased the number of gates at ABIA from 24 to 33, and includes the addition of new concessions and duty-free shops.
The new Delta Sky Club opened in the Barbara Jordan Terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in May of 2019. Visitors can enjoy the new Covered Sky Deck outdoor patio and it features local brews and bites, a full-service, complimentary bar that features seasonal cocktails and wine, artwork from regional artists, and high-speed Wi-Fi with power outlets at nearly every seat. Learn more about Delta's meeting programs at delta.com/meetings.
Beginning May 4, 2020, KLM Dutch Royal Airlines will begin Austin’s first nonstop flights to Amsterdam. Operating between AUS and Amsterdam’s Airport Schipol, flights will depart from Austin on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
On May 6, 2020, Norwegian Airlines will launch Austin’s first nonstop flights to Paris. The seasonal service will operate between AUS and Paris’ Charles Degalle Airport on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through September 20. From September 25 through October 23, the Paris flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays.
Vixen's Wedding. Credit Jenna Kahn.
New Dining & Drinking Options
East Austin Hotel offers three hip restaurant and bar options: all-day diner Sixth and Waller, cooking up global comfort foods that include breakfast tacos and homemade pies; The Upside Rooftop Bar, serving snacks like lamb kebabs with classic cocktails; and the tropical-themed Pool Bar, with frozen drinks and finger foods such as hummus and green chile guacamole.
At ARRIVE East Austin hotel discover two exciting restaurants. Lefty’s Brick Bar is a casual all-day spot that mixes Cajun and Asian flavors, as seen in the banh boys — sandwiches that are a hybrid of Vietnamese banh mi and a Cajun po’ boy. Vixen’s Wedding serves intensely flavorful eats inspired by the foods of Goa, India and Portugal.
Treat your group to a Japanese hot pot dining experience at DipDipDip Tatsu-ya. The restaurant’s modern take on shabu-shabu involves cooking a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables in simmering pots of broth at diners’ tables, accompanied by a variety of flavorful dipping sauces.
Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson are opening the hospitality group’s first-ever Texas restaurant in Austin. Scheduled to open in spring, Aba will bring Mediterranean flair to the Music Lane development.
Coming soon to South Austin, St. Elmo Public Market will include shops, restaurants and bars, a hotel and event spaces. Experience locally owned spots like Family Business Beer Co., Lick Honest Ice Creams, Mignette (a new diner/bakery from the owners of Olamaie), Salt & Time, Texas Hill Country Olive Co. and more.
Sample small-batch beers like American lager or English brown ale at Central Machine Works Brewery and Beer Hall. Host a fun private event in the beer garden, complete with food trucks and live music.
Plan a cocktail party on the patio at Ellis, the sleek new bar located at the downtown Fareground food hall. Guests can sip craft cocktails as they nosh on bites like street tacos and Vietnamese meatballs from Fareground restaurants.
Moody Amphitheater. Credit MVVA/Waterloo Greenway Conservancy.
New Meeting Spaces & More
The Cathedral, a creative coworking space just minutes from downtown Austin, is a refurbished 1930s church featuring 14-foot ceilings, tons of natural light and finished cement floors. Plan a meeting or hold a workshop in this inspiring space.
Waterloo Greenway along Waller Creek in downtown Austin features art installations and concerts at the newly renovated Symphony Square, an open-air amphitheater. Coming in fall, Waterloo Park will boast the architecturally stunning Moody Amphitheater, which will present regular concerts and cultural events.
Take team building to the next level at Punch Bowl Social on Congress Avenue. Attendees can get to know each other while playing ping-pong, bowling or singing karaoke. Shareable eats include buffalo wings and cauliflower nachos.
Distribution Hall offers a variety of event spaces, including a 6,800-square-foot warehouse, open-air hanger and a beautiful outdoor courtyard. Plan anything from a corporate presentation to a film screening or live music performance for up to 1,200 guests.
Check out the new location of HOPE Outdoor Gallery, opening in spring/summer 2020 across from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The open-air art park and events center will feature colorful large-scale public art and cultural events.
The upscale Music Lane development on South Congress Avenue is slated to open this spring. In addition to the hip Hotel Magdalena and a members-only Soho House (with an open-to-the-public restaurant), Music Lane will include trendy department store Neighborhood Goods, the first Austin location of luxury fitness club Equinox, health store/juice bar SunLife Organics and more. Exciting new eateries include Velvet Taco, Sweetgreen and Gelateria Gemelli.