New & Notable Developments in Austin

Recently named on Travel + Leisure's 2022 list of the 15 Best Cities in the United States, Austin continues to be one of the most welcoming and inclusive cities in the country. With a slate of new hotels, event spaces and restaurants opening in Austin, you might find it hard to keep up with us. But don’t fret. We’ve created a hot list to help you keep track of all that’s new in the city.

Austin FC's Q2 Stadium Captain Morgan Club with a long bar along one wall and people seated at tables in front of the open windows
Q2 Stadium, Captain Morgan Club. Credit Gensler.

New Event Spaces & More

Moody Center was built in partnership between the University of Texas at Austin (UT), Live Nation and Matthew McConaughey. The 15,000-seat Moody Center will play host to UT basketball games, along with a number of the best and biggest acts in live entertainment. Austin-based McConaughey will act as the “Minister of Culture” at the venue, ensuring that Longhorn and Austin cultures are front and center and helping create a fan experience unlike any other. Moody Center opened in April 2022.

Designed by world-renowned architects Thomas Phifer & Partners, the Moody Amphitheater is situated in the heart of 11-acre Waterloo Park. With its Great Lawn and the Texas State Capitol as a dramatic backdrop, the outdoor amphitheater is a vibrant venue that can hold 5,000 attendees for concerts and events.

Catch live sports in action at the new 20,500-seat Austin FC Stadium, where the newest MLS team, Austin FC, began play in June 2021. Expect to see co-owner and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey cheering the team on in the stands.

Ping pong palace Smash ATX combines sports, nightlife and dining all under one roof. Play a game or two, then settle in for comfort food like crispy chicken sandwiches sided with a local beer or cocktail.

Waterloo Greenway recently unveiled the new PNC Lounge at Waterloo Park, offering a premium experience for Moody Amphitheater guests attending concerts and a gathering space for events. The 800-square-foot lounge features a mural by local artist Chacasso which spotlights Austin’s iconic music venues and artists that made the Live Music Capital of the World what it is today. Additionally, the air-conditioned cocktail lounge features a private bar and restrooms, upgraded food and beverage options, and luxurious furnishings.

The Dirdie Birdie, an immersive miniature golf experience, plans to open at The Domain in fall 2022. Austin’s first indoor course will feature 12 one-of-a-kind Austin-themed mini golf holes, a restaurant and full bar directed by local Chef Nicholas Yanes and the Excelsior management team (Juniper, Uncle Nickys, Verbena), and over 9,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

The new location of HOPE Outdoor Gallery is expected to open across from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in 2022. The 18-acre, open-air cultural center will feature large-scale public art, a collection of shipping containers housing shops and gallery spaces, a rooftop bar and food trucks.

Woman walks through the lobby with a suitcase inside Origin Hotel Mueller
Origin Hotel. Credit Jane Yun.

Hotels Opening Soon

The Loren at Lady  Bird Lake
211 S. Lamar Blvd.
September 2022
The luxurious comfort of The Loren will feature a panoramic view of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake, just over a mile from the Austin Convention Center. The hotel will include 108 rooms, a rooftop restaurant, event space, and a bar and lounge.

Hyatt Centric
Congress Ave. and Eighth St.
December 2022
This boutique property from Hyatt will offer guests 246 rooms and an estimated 2,000 square feet of meeting and event space, less than a mile from the Austin Convention Center. The 1,400-square-foot presidential suite will also be available as a private event space. Guests can enjoy a vibrant ground-floor restaurant and bar, a second-floor bar, an eclectic eighth-floor outdoor lounge and bar, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Cambria Hotel North Austin Near the Domain & Cambria Hotel Austin Airport
13201 Burnet Rd. | 7900 E. Ben White Blvd.
North Austin Opening December 2022 | Airport Opened April 2022
The E. Ben White Blvd. location  will offer 119 rooms, and is conveniently located close to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A second location on Burnet Road, within a mixed-use development in Austin’s high-tech corridor, will include 135 rooms, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth-enabled mirrors, a fitness center and pool, 5,500 square feet of meeting space, a bistro and a bar serving local craft beers, and an outdoor courtyard with a fire pit and gathering space.

EVEN Hotel by IHG – Austin North Near the Domain
The Domain
2022
As the first EVEN Hotels brand property to open in Texas, the Austin location will offer 129 rooms within Austin's Domain shopping area and near the city's technology corridor. Guests can expect to stay healthier and happier with a wellness-savvy staff that offers best-in-class fitness experiences, healthier food choices and relaxing spaces. The hotel will have 2,500 square feet of meeting space, a business center, an Athletic Studio and onsite parking.

citizenM Hotel
Downtown Austin
January 2023
Coming soon to downtown Austin (half a mile from the Austin Convention Center), Dutch hospitality brand citizenM plans to open a 17-story, 344-room hotel. The brand's first Texas project aims for "affordable luxury," and rooms will feature extra-large King sized beds, TVs with streaming options, free WiFi, and customizable temperature and lighting options.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Rainey Street
Rainey Street
April 2023
A new 17-story Fairfield Inn & Suites is making it's way to the popular Rainey Street District, less than a mile from the Austin Convention Center. With 126 rooms and suites, the high rise hotel will offer downtown views, a rooftop terrace, balconies and a central location within walking distance to the Austin Convention Center, attractions, nightlife and dining.

Learning Center entrance at the Campus on Lake Austin with colorful sunset behind the building
Courtesy of Campus on Lake Austin.

Recently Opened Hotels

Origin Hotel
Aldrich and McBee Streets
Opened June 2022
Located in the Mueller neighborhood, this five-story boutique hotel offers 120 rooms and a restaurant with courtyard dining. It’s located just east of the Aldrich Street Paseo pedestrian promenade, featuring shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

Thompson/tommie Austin
506 San Jacinto Blvd.
Opened January 2022
This dual-brand hotel incorporates luxury in one locale and lifestyle in the other, housed within a new 32-story, mixed-use tower. The Thompson and tommie Austin are both Hyatt boutique hotel concepts. The Thompson is the larger of the two, with 211 hotel rooms, and the tommie features 190 rooms. 

AC Hotel Austin Hill Country
7415 Southwest Pkwy.
Opened November 2021
Experience modern sophistication at the new AC Hotel Austin Hill Country, perfectly situated in the beautiful central Texas foothills, yet only minutes from downtown Austin. Sip cocktails at Salt + Stone, a rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country. The hotel features 929 square feet of event space and three meeting rooms.

Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District
301 W. 17th St.
Opened August 2021
Austin’s newest Hilton Garden Inn location will feature 18 stories, 214 rooms, 126,029 square feet of hotel space, and an additional 1,900 square feet of restaurant space on the ground floor. Located just a few blocks from the University of Texas, Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium, The Moody Center, the Texas State Capitol and a short distance to Downtown Austin nightlife and entertainment.

Campus on Lake Austin
4907 Ranch Road 2222
Opened April 2021
Tucked into the shores of Lake Austin, the Campus is a premier event venue that allows for seclusion, focus, and relaxation. Our diverse meeting space, comfortable sleeping rooms, and one-of-a kind location offer variety and serenity. Furthermore, all proceeds from the Campus directly fund the mission of The Holdsworth Center to improve public education in Texas through leadership development.

Austin Marriott Downtown
304 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Opened March 2021
This new hotel is situated in a prime location across from the Austin Convention Center and includes more than 600 rooms (including 25 stunning suites), nearly 60,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop pool, bars and locally inspired restaurants.

Beverages and several dishes from Nido restaurant at The Loren
Nido at The Loren. Credit Mackenzie Smith Kelley.

Dining & Drinking

Coming to downtown Austin in fall 2022, Nido is a rooftop restaurant located at The Loren that brings the rugged charm of the region together with the culinary traditions of coastal Europe. Expect a selection of carefully crafted menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are internationally-inspired with a focus on classical technique in a welcoming and tranquil space.

Grey Diner Bar and Grey Market at the downtown Thompson Austin hotel are helmed by James Beard Award winner Mashama Bailey. Opened in January, Grey Diner Bar features sandwiches, charcuterie and cocktails, while Grey Market’s Southern-style bodega offers grab-and-go sandwiches and boxed lunches.

Hi Sign Brewing, has opened a new 13,000-square-foot taproom and production facility in East Austin. The new location has a rich beverage production and packaging history stretching back to the 1950s. The owners selected OPA Design Studio, an award winning architecture firm specializing in breweries and distilleries, to reimagine the space while paying homage to its unique history.

The team behind acclaimed Emmer & Rye has opened Canje, a new Caribbean restaurant in East Austin. The menu is based on executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s favorite foods from his childhood in Guyana, as well as the cuisine of Puerto Rico and Jamaica. Don’t miss the fruity Caribbean-influenced cocktails.

Fareground is Austin’s spectacular downtown food hall, housing outposts of favorite local restaurants and bars. Newly opened eateries here include Little Wu (Chinese dumplings and noodle soups), Austin Rotisserie (French roasted chicken), The Market (salads, pizza and sandwiches) and Taco Pegaso (tacos and burritos).

Named by Eater as one of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America, Distant Relatives food truck raises the bar on barbecue. Pitmaster Damien Brockway looks to his African ancestry for unique ingredients to sauce his meats, such as molasses and chile-vinegar butter, and cooks up sides like fresh corn grits. Distant Relatives is parked at Meanwhile Brewing Co.

Brand new to Austin's beer scene is Koko's Bavarian. This German Texan brewery celebrates the historical German culture of Central Texas with a menu of house made sausages, schnitzels, Belgian-style fries and more. Koko's is a great spot for events with it's large and open warehouse setting, and 400-seat outdoor biergarten.

Austin Bergstrom International Airport airside terminal at twilight in Austin Texas
Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Credit Dave Wilson.

Airport Updates

American Airlines announced plans to break ground on a new 15,000+-square-foot Admirals Club at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The lounge will seat more than 250 customers, making it the largest airport lounge in Austin. The inspiration for the lounge is taken from the city itself, reflecting the urban fabric of downtown entertainment districts, city parks, and local art and music. Once open, travelers will also be entertained by local musicians. Construction on the new lounge will begin in 2022.

In June 2022, Air Canada began new nonstop service between AUS and Vancouver International Airport (YVR), connecting Austin to a brand new destination of Vancouver, Canada and a trans-Pacific airport hub that provides more nonstop flights to China than any other North American or European airport. In the same month, American Airlines also launched nonstop service between AUS and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Jamaica.

In May 2022, AUS began new nonstop service between Austin and London Heathrow via Virgin Atlantic. The four-times-a-week service was the airline’s first new route from the US since 2015. Service operates on the airline’s 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also began nonstop service to AUS from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in March 2022. The route will fly three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Austin and Amsterdam on an Airbus A330-300. And Lufthansa resumed three-times-weekly flights to and from Texas’ capital to Frankfurt, Germany, offering a connection between two culture-rich cities and an important link for the region’s ever-expanding technology ecosystem and global technology hubs.

In March, American Airlines also announced 10 new, returning and seasonal routes to AUS, in response to customer demand. New and increased service to year-round destinations include Las Vegas (LAS), Nashville (BNA), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Washington Dulles (IAD), New Orleans (MSY), Orlando (MCO) Tampa (TPA) and more.

For the third year in a row, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has been named among the top 10 Best Airports in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. AUS earned 10th place on the list and was the only Texas airport to win a Readers’ Choice Award this year. The award cited Austin-Bergstrom’s easy navigation, live music and local Texas food as reasons readers listed the airport among the best.