by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 01, 2017

Meeting Hotels: Downtown, Texas' capital city has more than 8,500 rooms. Top meeting properties include the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, 800-room Hilton Austin, 492-room Renaissance Austin Hotel, 448-room Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown, 319-room Hotel Van Zandt, 262-room Hilton Austin Airport, 194-room Hotel Granduca Austin and 190-room InterContinental Stephen F. Austin. Several resorts can be found nearby, including the 491-room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, 385-room Horseshoe Bay Resort and 309-room Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
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Convention Center: Austin Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 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. At press time, Lyft and Uber services were suspended in the city.

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

Group Venues: Rustic raw space is the hallmark of the Waller Ballroom, a melange of exposed brick and wood in an early 1900s package. The 1,681-square-foot ballroom seats 120 for dinner or holds 270 for a reception. (512) 298-8661

Emmer & Rye offers American fare served dim sum-style (e.g., roasted beets, crème fraiche and charred dill; or red-potato pavé, brown butter and garlic chive) in a casual setting. The downtown eatery offers an outdoor patio and a private dining area; seating is available for up to 100; up to 250 are accommodated for receptions. (512) 366-5530

The Mexic-Arte Museum celebrates cross-border culture and other influences with colorful exhibits of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art. More than 1,500 works make up the museum's permanent collection, while the library holds a stash of rare books. More than 200 people can be hosted for a reception in the main and annex galleries on the first floor. (512) 480-9373

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