High-end hotel project planned for Southwest Austin

Apr 10, 2014
Austin American Statesman

Construction is due to start Monday on a 9-story luxury hotel that will change the face of a wooded hilltop at a prime Southwest Austin location


The Hotel Granduca Austin will feature 194 guest rooms, along with massage rooms, a fitness center, pool, a billiards and game room and lush gardens. A paved two-lane entrance road is already under construction at the 38-acre site, which is just north of the building that houses Dimensional Fund Advisors at Bee Cave Road (RM 2244) and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360)


The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2015 and have about 200 full- and part-time employees


The developer is Houston-based Interfin Companies LP. The hotel is being built in a joint venture with Austin-based Riverside Resources, which will develop a 7-story office building and parking garage on the site. The cost of the hotel and office project are not being disclosed


The Hotel Granduca is the vision of Houston developer Giorgio Borlenghi, founder of Interfin. The Italian-born Borlenghi’s original Hotel Granduca, which opened in 2007 in Houston’s Galleria area, combines old-world Italian features with modern touches


Charles Heimsath, an Austin-based real estate consultant, said the hotel “will definitely fill an unmet demand for luxury hotel rooms for business travelers in one of the most significant Class A suburban office markets in the region. The proximity to some of the most expensive homes in the region should also be very attractive for weddings as well as charity and social events.”


Eddie Safady, chairman of the Central Texas area for Prosperity Bank, has stayed at Houston’s Granduca, which he said “provides an enjoyable experience from check-in to check-out.”


“Anticipating guests’ needs is a hallmark of the Hotel Granduca’s personalized service,” said Eddie Safady, chairman of the Central Texas area for Prosperity Bank. “The addition of a luxury hotel to Austin’s dynamic southwestern corridor should prove to be in huge demand.”


The Granduca will complement the planned office complex, said John Needham, a founding partner of Riverside Resources


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