by Sarah J.F. braley | May 01, 2018

Local Update

 The 1,048-room Fairmont Austin Hotel, which connects to the Austin Convention Center, is now open for business. The hotel has more than 138,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a Fairmont Spa and six restaurants and bars, including a pool bar and a rooftop terrace.

 The 297-room AT&T Hotel and Conference Center has expanded its meeting space to approximately 80,000 square feet. The addition includes the 15,000-square-foot Zlotnik Family Ballroom and a new banquet kitchen.

 The 312-room Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has begun a major renovation and expansion, spending more than $150 million to add 181 guest rooms, which brings the grand total to 493. Construction will be completed by mid-2019.

 The Sydell Group opens the 428-room Line ATX Hotel this month with 20,000 square feet of meeting space and five restaurants and bars. A show kitchen overlooks Congress Avenue.

Meeting Hotels:
 Austin has more than 36,000 guest rooms citywide. Properties include the 1,048 Fairmont Austin Hotel, 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, 800-room Hilton Austin, 492-room Renaissance Austin Hotel and 448-room Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center: Austin Convention Center; exhibit space, 247,052 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 54; (512) 404-4000

Airport Transit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, about eight miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $28; by shuttle, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 9%; sales tax, 8.25%; total tax on rooms, 15%

Contact: Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 926-2282