New Convention Centers, Hotels and More in Growing Southern Cities

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Tampa

Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in the South.


Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown and Hyatt House Tampa Downtown, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in the city, are now open. The hotels enable guests the opportunity to experience and enjoy the benefits of both brands under one roof. 

Situated across the street from the historic City Hall, the 17-story building offers a unique layout with a stylish, single lobby serving both the 230-room Hyatt Place branded hotel and 115-room Hyatt House branded hotel-room. Amenities include self and valet parking options, 3,600 square feet of modern meeting and event space, a heated rooftop pool and spacious terrace, fitness center and the lobby level restaurant/bar, Corazon, with an intimate outdoor patio.  

The site also includes 3,200 square feet of ground floor retail space, which will soon include a Starbucks; The Wicked Pour, a self-pour beer and wine taproom offering several local Tampa brews; and Junmai Station Sushi, a grab-and-go kiosk offering Japanese-style dishes. 

The properties offer guests close proximity and access to downtown Tampa destinations such as the One Tampa City Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Riverwalk and its neighboring attractions including the Tampa Convention Center, The Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena and Sparkman Wharf Entertainment District.   

Hotel Indigo Miami
Meeting room at Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell. Courtesy: Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell

 IHG Hotels & Resorts recently grew its Luxury & Lifestyle collection with its latest property opening—Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell.  

Situated south of the Miami River in Mary Brickell Village—part of the city’s financial district which has seen significant investment and development in recent years—the hotel pays homage to the Brickell neighborhood's history, from its native Tequesta heritage to entrepreneurial pioneers like Mary and William Brickell and Julia Tuttle. The lobby provides tropical Miami vibes with colorful contrasts, a mix that can be experienced in each of the hotel’s 140 rooms that feature views of the Miami skyline and ocean. 

Hotel Indigo Miami Brickell offers 1,600 square feet of meeting space that can hold up to 90 people in a theater-style setup, along with three meeting rooms. Guests also have access to a 24-hour fitness center and pool, as well as Mosaico Resturant and Bar for onsite dining.    


In the heart of the Texas capital is the newly opened Austin Marriott Downtown. The property features 31 stories with 613 guest rooms and 25 suites, in addition to 60,000 square feet of meeting space. Austin Marriott Downtown also features four food and beverage concepts, including the rooftop terrace Zanzibar, signature restaurant Corinne, two-story cocktail bar The Lobbyist and modern urban grocer Loaf + Vine.   

Austin Marriott Downtown
Lobby of the Austin Marriott Downtown. Courtesy: Austin Marriott Downtown

The hotel’s design is inspired by its home city, and also speaks to the needs of today’s modern traveler, including advanced health and safety features, and plenty of outdoor and socially distanced options for connecting with others. Guest rooms start on level seven to maximize views of Lady Bird Lake, the University of Texas campus, the city skyline and in the distance, Texas Hill Country.  

Austin Marriott Downtown’s Next Gen Meeting Space can be tailored around any need—from socially distanced setups to large gathering options. The hotel offers an 18,000 square foot exhibit hall filled with light from a 204-foot wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as two 14,000 square foot ballrooms.   

An 'Arteful' Experience 

Hotel Xcaret Arte, the second resort property from Grupo Xcaret, will open July 1, 2021. The beachfront resort is located between Cancun and Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and features 900 suites, seven restaurants, 10 bars, a spa and events and convention facilities.  

With a focus on Mexico’s great cultural and artistic traditions, Hotel Xcaret Arte is designed as a homage to the arts of Mexico. The resort is an adult-oriented property welcoming guests 16 years and older. On site, guests can expect to find dining concepts that range from pre-Colombian dishes to regional Mexican recipes, and from ancient Mayan cooking to contemporary vegan, while bars and lounges spread throughout the property from poolside to rooftop. 

Hotel Xcaret Arte
A queen suite at Hotel Xcaret Arte. Courtesy: Hotel Xcaret Arte

Along with the white sand beach the property resides on, Hotel Xcaret Arte features the brand’s All-Fun Inclusive concept providing complimentary transportation and access to its seven nearby eco-adventure theme parks—a great option for groups of any size.  

Hotel Xcaret Arte aims to be a hot-spot for big events and celebrations offering two convention centers—Frida with 11,525 square feet of event space and Diego with 26,199 square feet—along with an entertainment stage that can host between 1,140 and 2,065 people, respectively.

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Adrian Schley has been writing for Stamats Business Media since March of 2018. She earned her BA in journalism at the University of Iowa, where she also studied English.