New Convention Hotel Opens in Austin

The 613-room Austin Marriott Downtown features 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space in the Texas capital.  

Zanzibar, the new watering hole at the Austin Marriott Downtown
Zanzibar, the new watering hole at the Austin Marriott Downtown

The 613-room Austin Marriott Downtown debuted last week, within easy walking distance from the Austin Convention Center. Guest rooms are found on the seventh floor or above, providing views of Lady Bird Lake, the University of Texas campus, city skyline and, in the distance, the Texas Hill Country.

“This hotel is where Austin’s individuality meets the spirit of Texas,” said David Meisner, general manager of the new property. “With our state-of-the-art meetings facilities, wide selection of food-and-beverage outlets and thoughtfully appointed rooms, guests can reach their full creative potential. We are ready to be the first to safely welcome so many back to this great city as travel regains its footing.”

Also on the seventh floor is Zanzibar, a tropical rooftop terrace and pool deck, which opened in advance of the hotel last September and is already a popular spot among locals and travelers. On the menu are modern tiki cocktails and island-inspired small plates. The property's signature restaurant, Corinne, features regional classics and American comfort food, and offers a large outdoor patio. The Lobbyist bar on the mezzanine, reached by a grand staircase, is a great spot for a nightcap. The urban grocer Loaf + Vine serves up a selection of grab-and-go snacks, meals and drinks.

Part of the hotel's 60,000 square feet of meeting space is a natural-light-filled 18,000-square-foot exhibit hall with a 204-foot wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Two 14,000-square-foot ballrooms and 18 meeting rooms are also available for groups.

The Austin Marriott Downtown offers completely touchless check-in and checkout, and guests can also use their smartphones to access elevators and in-room television controls. The property is following Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean protocols, created in partnership with leading experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations. These protocols include mandated mask wearing for all guests and associates within the hotel, and the use of disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to sanitize surfaces in the hotels.