New & Notable Developments in Austin
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.
Credit Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.
New Hotel Openings
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, Texas
This African-themed water resort and 200,000-square-foot convention center features 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.
Colton House Hotel
2510 S. Congress Ave.
Taking inspiration from HomeAway, Airbnb and the local Austin neighborhood, this three-story boutique hotel includes 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 Simona’s, offering craft coffee and cocktails (ideal for private parties).
2552 Guadalupe St. (University of Texas at Austin area)
This millennial-focused, boutique-style hotel from White Lodging features 154 stylish, tech-enabled rooms, Bar Moxy (open for lunch and dinner), the 24-hour Zombie Taco truck and interactive gathering spaces.
AC Hotel Austin Hill Country
7415 Southwest Pkwy.
Opening March 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.
Austin Marriott Downtown
304 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Opening 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.
Fifth and Brazos Streets
Opening June 2021
This dual-brand hotel will incorporate 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 will feature 190 rooms.
Hilton Garden Inn
W. 17th and Lavaca Streets
Opening Summer 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.
Cambria Hotel Austin
13201 Burnet Rd.
Opening Summer 2021
E. Ben White Blvd.
Opening Late 2021
Located on Burnet Road within a mixed-use development in Austin’s high-tech corridor, the five-story Cambria Hotel Austin 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. The second location on E. Ben White Blvd. will offer 119 rooms, and is conveniently located close to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Congress Ave. and 8th St.
Opening Late 2021
This boutique property from Hyatt will offer guests 246 rooms and an estimated 2,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 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.
Aldrich and McBee Streets
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.
211 S. Lamar Blvd.
Opening Early 2022
The luxurious comfort of The Loren will feature a panoramic view of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake. The hotel will include 108 rooms, a rooftop restaurant, event space, and a bar and lounge.
Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330. Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian Airlines has announced new nonstop service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) beginning April 22, 2021. Flights will operate twice a week, with the HNL to AUS flight arriving Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:10 p.m. and departing Austin at 10:10 a.m. the following morning. This new route will be the first nonstop air service to Hawaii for Central Texas travelers, and the first Pacific route from AUS. This is Hawaiian Airlines’ first connection into Texas.
Five concessionaire concepts have recently opened at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, including a CNBC News store, InMotion electronics, Jugo smoothies, XpresSpa and Vino Volo East. All gates are now open in Austin-Bergstrom’s nine-gate expansion, and the new Million Air fixed based operation is now operational.
For the second 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.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is keeping travelers’ health and safety its top priority with strict COVID-19 sanitation practices. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting frequently, visitors will find hand-sanitizing stations at multiple points in the airport, along with plexiglass safety screens in common areas, including ticket counters and gate counters. The airport’s robust air ventilation and filtering systems help to reduce virus transmission. And new digital signage in gate areas and the visitors’ center encourage physical distancing, face coverings and good hygiene.
Easy Tiger South Lamar. Credit Sydney Gawlik.
Dining & Drinking
Acre 41, located in the new The Otis Hotel near the University of Texas at Austin campus, offers modern American comfort food with a twist, such as the Brush Creek Ranch wagyu burger and truffled spaghetti.
Assembly Kitchen ships complete meal and cocktail kits so your group can meet up virtually with some of Austin’s top professional chefs and bartenders to learn their tricks of the trade, or join in a pizza party or happy hour via Zoom.
Opening in March 2021, the Austin Marriot Downtown will offer a variety of dining and drinking options, including contemporary regional dishes served at Corinne, or tiki cocktails and a taste of the islands at Zanzibar.
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.
Stroll the grounds of the historic Commodore Perry Estate before dining at Lutie’s Garden Restaurant (opening in 2021), featuring Texan and New American fare made with ingredients from the resort’s organic gardens.
Try a sandwich made with locally cured meats and artisan bread, or a fresh-baked pretzel paired with a craft beer, at Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden on South Lamar. The newest location is housed in a multi-story building that features a huge patio overlooking Barton Creek.
The airy Summer House on Music Lane, located in Hotel Magdalena, showcases its live-fire cooking with dishes like wood-grilled whole striped bass and sizzling steaks. Summer House’s bar puts a special focus on sparkling wines.
Sample the seasonal farm-to-table fare at Verbena, located in a courtyard on the ground level of the Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown hotel. The restaurant features an open kitchen and wood-burning hearth.
Austin FC Stadium Rendering. Credit Austin FC.
New Event Spaces & More
Armadillo Den is a recently opened two-story neighborhood bar and entertainment destination that spans three acres. Armadillo Den boasts two bars, an indoor stage, an outdoor entertainment area, and food from beloved Austin food trucks Ranch Hand and Pueblo Viejo. Live music is featured seven nights a week.
Catch Major League Soccer action at the new 20,500-seat Austin FC Stadium, where the newest MLS team, Austin FC, will start play in 2021. Expect to see co-owner and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey cheering the team on in the stands.
Voted Best New Venue at the 2020 Austin Music Awards, The Far Out Lounge & Stage features live music, cold drinks and good food. As a nod to Austin history, the venue retained the 1908 bar that was original to the building.
Moody Center is being built in partnership between the University of Texas at Austin, Live Nation and Matthew McConaughey. The 15,000-seat Moody Center will not only host UT basketball games, but also 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 is scheduled to open in early 2022.
Waterloo Greenway along Waller Creek in downtown Austin features art installations and concerts at the newly renovated Symphony Square, an open-air, 350-seat amphitheater. Coming this year, Waterloo Park will boast the architecturally stunning Moody Amphitheater, which will present regular concerts and cultural events.