AUSTIN—Hilton Austin has announced the beginning of a multi-million dollar transformation initiative that will include a full renovation of the hotel’s lobby, public areas, and meeting space, as well as the launch of two new restaurant concepts, a Starbucks, and a flexible event venue. EDG Interior Architecture + Design have been tapped for the massive project that will begin in May and continue through the end of the year.
“This year is going to be an exciting year for our hotel,” said Robert Watson, general manager of Hilton Austin. “When we complete this endeavor, Hilton Austin will reflect the true culture and vibe of our city. These additions and improvements will also give us fresh and creative ways to meet the ever-changing needs of our guests and remind them wheree they are at every turn.”
Watson added that the project has been carefully planned in phases to minimize any inconvenience. “We hope our guests will enjoy being a part of our progress and share in our excitement as we bring each of these concepts and designs to life and secure our relevancy in the market,” he said.
The Lobby—Complete Mid-Summer
With small, intimate social zones, designated work spaces, and a new digital media wall, the new Hilton Austin lobby will offer a personal experience with local flair.
Cannon + Belle—Opens Late Summer
With a dynamic, multi-station open kitchen and a specialty tap wine and cocktail program, this social living room offers a Texas-fresh menu throughout the day.
The Reverbery—Opens Late Summer
This is not your typical banquet hall. With an “Austin-cool” recording studio vibe, The Reverbery has a flexible indoor/outdoor space and specially designed food and drink menus that reflect the culinary culture of the Live Music Capital.
Meeting space—Complete Early Fall
This 80,000 square-foot meeting space will compliment both social and business functions. Guests can expect subtle aesthetic decor that provides the perfect backdrop for blending event themes.
Austin Taco Project—Opens Late Fall
A block off of Austin’s music “Main Street,” this craft beer and fusion taco bar will welcome locals and visitors with an expansive street front patio.
Starbucks—Opens Late Fall
This new 3,000 square-foot Starbucks will incorporate locally relevant design elements unique to Austin and include Starbucks Reserve coffees, the company’s premium line of small-lot, limited availably coffees from around the world. The store will also be one of the first in Texas to offer Starbucks Evenings menu, which includes a selection of wine, beer, small plates, and desserts beginning at 4 p.m.
This announcement follows a steady stream of improvements to the hotel, including a $23 million upgrade to the hotel’s 801 guest rooms, suites, and executive lounge in 2014 and an extensive $1 million refurbishment of the hotel’s eighth floor pool deck and bar in spring 2013.