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

Local Update

 The 1,048-room Fairmont Austin Hotel, the largest Fairmont yet, is on schedule to open by the end of the year. The property will connect to the Austin Convention Center via the $6 million Red River Canopy Walk. Plans call for more than 138,000 square feet of in-house meeting space, and a Fairmont Spa with nine treatment rooms. The six restaurants and bars will include a pool bar and a rooftop terrace.

 The Sydell Group is turning the 413-room Radisson Austin into the 428-room Line ATX Hotel. Along with 22,000 square feet of meeting space, the property will have three restaurants and four bars. The hotel, opening in 2018, also will have access to Austin's hiking and biking trails, and will be within walking distance of the Red River music-district, also debuting in 2018.

 Beginning on March 28, 2018, Norwegian Airlines will commence daily service between Austin Bergstrom International Airport and London Gatwick Airport.

 The combined, 422-room Aloft and Element Austin Downtown opened this past July; the Aloft has 278 guest rooms, and the Element, 144. The properties share the Caroline restaurant, an outdoor lounge with open-air gaming space called Upstairs at Caroline and approximately 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

 At the 366-room Westin Austin Downtown, the rooftop pool and bar have been renovated, adding more seating capacity and cabanas. A new drink menu features hand-crafted cocktails available by the glass or pitcher; daytime offerings include "edible cocktails." Food choices are separated into Bites, Bowls and Bentos. The new open-concept design affords better views of the sky, as well as Lady Bird Lake and the city itself.

 The 220-acre, 70-room Travaasa Austin Resort closed on Sept. 1 as work began on an expansion and redevelopment of the property, which was purchased by the Miraval Group, now under the Hyatt Hotels umbrella. To be completed by January 2019, the project will add 50 guest rooms, and total indoor and outdoor meeting space will grow to 15,864 square feet. The expanded spa will offer 30 treatment rooms, and the existing pool will be converted into a spa pool. New dining options will include a pool café, a cocktail bar, a mobile demonstration kitchen, and a grab-and-go marketplace.