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New Hotels Opening in Texas in 2015

October 29, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Texas has seen a huge increase in popularity as a holiday destination over the past few years, with UK annual arrival figures in particular increasing dramatically (226,000 in 2013, a 43% increase from 2012). Visitors will have even more hotels to choose from with a number of new openings planned for 2015.

In AUSTIN, which has benefitted hugely from British Airway’s new direct route from London that launched earlier this year, a new J.W Marriott will be opening in early 2015. The hotel will be the largest in the chain’s portfolio, with over 1,000 rooms and a superior location near some of the best attractions and entertainment options Austin has to offer – including the Sixth Street Entertainment District, South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, University of Texas and the Texas State Capitol.  Facilities include two full-service restaurant outlets, extensive state-of-the-art fitness centre, outdoor pool and deck and much more.

Also due to open in early 2015 is the Hotel Van Zandt, a Kimpton property. This 16-story hotel will feature 322 guest rooms, more than 12,000 square feet total event and meeting space, an individually concepted, chef-driven restaurant, lobby cafe and an expansive pool deck and bar. Located at the intersection of Red River and Davis Streets in the heart of the Rainey District’s thriving nightlife scene, the Hotel Van Zandt will be just minutes away from the convention center and many other popular downtown Austin attractions. Renowned interior designer Mark Zeff will oversee the interior design of the Hotel Van Zandt and its still-to-be-named restaurant

The Westin Austin Downtown has a proposed opening date of July 2015. This 17-story, 366-room hotel will have facilities including a White Lodging-managed, full- service restaurant, fitness centre, and 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space. The Westin Austin Downtown will be just one and a half blocks from the city’s convention centre and a short walk to many of the city’s restaurants and music venues. The famous Sixth Street entertainment district is just around the corner.

Hotel Indigo/Holiday Inn Express has a proposed opening Summer/Autumn 2015. This hybrid hotel will feature a 167-room Holiday Inn Express, accessed from Neches Street, and a 133-room entrance from Ninth Street.  The hotels will be operated by Intercontinental Hotels Group.

South Congress Hotel has a proposed opening in autumn 2015. Located between Milton and Monroe Streets on South Congress, this 90-room boutique hotel will feature private desks, meeting space, ballroom, underground parking and a retail courtyard with multiple dining areas, seating space and live music stage.

Hotel Granduca is an Italian-inspired luxury hotel overlooking the Austin Hill Country which will spread over 38 acres and feature a 220-person ballroom, private conference rooms, a library, fitness centre, pool, gardens and in-house restaurant featuring Northern Italian cuisine while emphasizing green building techniques and hybrid vehicles. The hotel is set to open in November 2015

In HOUSTON,just a few blocks west of the George R. Brown Convention Centre, the historic Humble Oil Building complex at Main Street and Dallas is getting a new 166-room SpringHill Suites hotel. The complex is already home to a 191-room Courtyard and 171-room Residence Inn. The property’s owner, RLJ Lodging, will spend $80 million to convert an existing 82-unit apartment tower into the new hotel, with construction slated to wrap in mid-2015.

A newCourtyard by Marriott and a Hampton Inn Suites by Hiltonare set to open in mid-2015 along the ‘Energy Corridor’ area of the city. The pair of hotels will go up side by side at Barker-Cypress Road, just off of I-10. Each will feature approximately 135 rooms.

Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality is building a pair of hotels under one roof at Crawford and Capitol streets Downtown, just steps from the convention centre. A 168-room Hampton Innand a 132-room Homewood Suites will comprise the $50 million project. Also part of the development will be 6,000 square feet of meeting space. The developer is aiming for a summer 2015 opening.

A 325-room Hyatt Regency and a 157-room Hyatt Place will rise at Sage Road and West Alabama near the Galleria. The project will feature 15,000 square feet of meeting space and a large-scale fitness centre overlooking the pool deck. Completion on the dual-concept project is slated for late 2015.

In SAN ANTONIO Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants are opening Hotel Emma in 2015. A four-star boutique hotel, located in the 119-year-old renovated Pearl brewhouse. Hotel Emma is named in honour of Emma Koehler, wife of Pearl Brewery founder Otto Koehler, who kept the brewery afloat during prohibition after Otto’s death and who helped launch the brewery into its most successful period. The hotel will have 146 rooms

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