Downtown’s JW Marriott hotel pushes up opening date

Apr 29, 2014
Austin American Statesman

With construction on downtown Austin’s new JW Marriott running ahead of schedule, developer White Lodging has pushed up the convention hotel’s opening by more than a week. Initially slated to debut March 1, it will now welcome its first guests Feb. 20, executives said


Staffers wasted little time booking a convention that begins on the JW Marriott’s newly announced opening day, director of sales and marketing Jay Spurr said, and the hotel is already fully booked for its first night in business


In all, more than 300,000 room nights have been booked through 2020, Spurr said during a hardhat tour of the hotel


It’s possible the opening date could be pushed up again if construction crews make good progress in the coming weeks, White Lodging said


Once open, the JW Marriott, located at Congress Avenue and East Second Street, will be the city’s largest hotel


Right now, the 1,012-room, 34-story JW Marriott is about 75 percent complete, Spurr said


Progress is also being made in the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, which will be the city’s largest hotel ballroom


The JW Marriott is one of several hotels Indiana-based White Lodging, the city’s largest hotel operator, has planned for downtown. Work has started on the first 17-story, 366-room Westin hotel at San Jacinto Boulevard and East Fifth Street, a spokeswoman said, and completion is scheduled for spring 2015


At Congress Avenue and East Seventh Street, White Lodging plans a 410-room, 32-story building that will house two brands: Aloft and the city’s first Element hotel. That project is still making its way through the permitting process and is anticipated to open by summer 2016


Other hotel developers also have their eyes on downtown. A 1,035-room Fairmont convention hotel is planned for Red River and East Cesar Chavez streets, the 322-room Hotel Van Zandt has been proposed at Red River and East Davis streets in the Rainey Street District, a 160-room Hotel ZaZa is in the works at Guadalupe and East Fourth streets and a 164-room Holiday Inn Express and a 134-room Hotel Indigo have been announced for Red River and East Ninth streets


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