The Austin Marriott Downtown moved a step closer to its opening recently with the celebration of its topping-off ceremony. When it opens the new property will be the first Marriott-branded convention hotel in the city.
In a unique twist on the typical topping-off event, instead of having construction cranes lift the final beams, the crew raised Garrison Brothers’ bourbon barrels to their final resting place on top of the hotel. The barrels will stay there until the hotel opens in 2020. Also at the event was a “whiskey artist,” who painted a rendering of the building out of reduced whiskey. The painting will be hung in the hotel once it is complete.
Across the street from the Austin Convention Center, the hotel will have more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including an exhibit hall with floor-to-ceiling windows along a 170-foot glass wall. The property will also have 613 guestrooms, including 25 suites, as well as a rooftop pool and bar, three additional bars and two locally inspired restaurant concepts on the ground level.
The hotel’s interior will draw inspiration from Austin’s surrounding environment, combining natural finishes with modern décor. A marquee design element will be an exterior copper-colored elevator, which will allow street access directly to the rooftop pool and bar. The lobby lounge will span two stories and aim to provide a space for locals and visitors to mingle.
In addition to being across the street from the Convention Center, the hotel is also close to the city’s famous 6th Street.