by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 08, 2020
With two hotels nearby sporting more than 1,000 rooms, the Austin Convention Center is ripe for expansion. In spite of the pandemic that has sent much of the word inside for the spring, this project continues to move forward, and the city will welcome two new hotels this summer.

The Palmer Events Center has earned LEED Silver certification for existing buildings operations and maintenance. All of the electrical power for the facility, as well as the Gold-certified Austin Convention Center, is supplied by Austin Energy's GreenChoice program, which is generated by wind turbines. The Palmer Center diverts 35 percent of all waste away from landfills through the building's comprehensive recycling, reuse and composting program. The facility features two column-free exhibit halls that combine for 70,000 square feet of space, as well as 50,000 square feet of covered outdoor canopies. Groups also can rent the five 1,000-square-foot breakout rooms.

Since a public vote to block the city's plan to expand the Austin feet of high-tech meeting space and a 1,400-square-foot presidential suite that can be used for events.

In the Warehouse District, the luxurious 159-room Hotel ZaZa Austin Downtown opened earlier this year. The property's amenities include the Group Therapy sky bar and restaurant, a spa, a rooftop pool, and 8,500 square feet of meeting space. The brand is known for its over-the-top accommodations; here you'll find the rock-'n'-roll-themed Back Stage Pass King Suite in animal prints, leather and velvet; and the Palm Springs Bungalow 6 Suite, which is decorated in bold colors and patterns.

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