Fairmont Austin opened with 1,048 guest rooms, five restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool and full service spa in Downtown Austin, a revolutionary fitness center, nearly 140,000 square feet of event space as well as direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk.
Fairmont Austin debuts as the largest Fairmont property in the U.S. and the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space.
"With events such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits growing in attendance year-over-year, new events popping up monthly, and groups targeting the burgeoning city for conferences and private events, Austin has a high demand for additional hotel rooms and event spaces," said Kevin Frid, chief operating officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. "Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions, bringing more tourists and business travelers to the city, and employing more than 900 staff."
Debuting as the second tallest building in the city, the hotel adds a new dimension to the downtown skyline, with a "lighted crown" programmed with an array of color options and a 170-foot tall architectural spire that is illuminated in the evenings, making the building visible from throughout Central Texas.
Each of the hotel's guest rooms and suites offer spectacular views and feature cool shades of blue, bright white and honey beige inspired by the Texas Hill Country landscape.
Fairmont Gold, the brand's exclusive lifestyle hotel experience, features 131 rooms and suites located on the 32nd through 35th floors, and offers private check-in and checkout; complimentary deluxe breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres in the Gold lounge; and dedicated concierge team.
The Fairmont Austin's 140,000 square feet of total meeting space, includes 40,000 square feet of prefunction space and 13,500 square feet of outdoor space. The Red River Canopy Walk is a 33-foot-tall elevated connection from the Fairmont Austin to the Austin Convention Center, enabling hotel guests and the public to experience an aerial perspective of Waller Creek and Palm Park.
The pedestrian bridge includes a stairway and ramp leading to Palm Park and five miles of new trails.
Fairmont Austin’s food and beverage options include Garrison, dedicated to open flame, wafting smoke and the highest quality meats, seafood and local produce available; Rules & Regs, offering libations day and night on the seventh floor and overlooking Austin's cityscape; and Fulton, a lobby lounge that pays homage to the musically buzzed streets of Austin with daily live music, local wine, beer and spirits in a relaxed dining scene.
"This project has truly been a labor of love, and it has shown in every team member's passion and excitement leading up to [the] opening," said Tom Voss, managing director, Fairmont Austin.