AUSTIN, Texas—JW Marriott Austin has announced that the hotel has reached its final construction height or “topped out.” When the JW Marriott Austin opens, it will be the largest hotel in Austin and the largest JW Marriott hotel in the United States.
Slated to open on March 1, 2015, construction began on the 1,200,000-square-foot hotel in August 2012. More than 286,000 rooms have already been contracted with first groups arriving the day the hotel opens. The 34-story JW Marriott Austin was designed to house large conventions and meetings with more than 112,000 square feet of event space, 42 meeting rooms, and 1,012 guest rooms.
The JW Marriott Austin will employ more than 700 people upon opening. The hotel is expected to generate more than $16 million in taxes annually, and $5 million to $6 million will go directly to the City of Austin, according to the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The hotel will feature three restaurants including a full-service regional Italian restaurant, a restaurant highlighting local Texas cuisine, and a restaurant with a walk-up food truck-style window on Congress Ave. The JW Marriott Austin will also achieve a LEED Silver certification and two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating.
“We look forward to being in the heart of downtown Austin and offering new restaurants and event space for everyone,” Scott Blalock, general manager for JW Marriott Austin, said. “Having this number of hotel rooms under one roof will allow Austin to bring in conferences and large national conventions for which it could not otherwise compete.”
White Lodging, which manages 23 other properties in Austin and Round Rock, will manage the JW Marriott. The company will employ more than 1,700 people in the greater Austin area when the JW Marriott opens, making it one of the area’s largest private employers.