JW Marriott Austin to Open Ahead of Schedule
Wednesday April 30th, 2014 - 12:53PM GOP
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AUSTIN, TX—White Lodging will open the JW Marriott Austin on Feb. 20, 2015.
Originally mean to open on Mar. 1, 2015, more than 310,000 room nights have already been contracted, with the first groups arriving the day the hotel opens, according to the company.
Construction began on the 34-story hotel in August 2012 and a groundbreaking ceremony took place in October of 2012. The hotel reached its final construction height in January 2014. When the JW Marriott Austin opens, it will be the largest hotel in Austin, the largest JW Marriott in the U.S. and the second largest JW Marriott in the world, according to the company. The hotel is designed to host large conventions and meetings, with more than 112,000 sq. ft. of event space, 42 meeting rooms and 1,012 guestrooms.
The JW Marriott Austin recently added two new hires to the staff—Director of Event Planning, Jeff Stutts, and Director of Catering, Linda Poole. Stutts previously held positions as the director of event management at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and director of event planning at the JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton at the LA LIVE center. Poole previously worked as the director of catering and conference services at the Driskill Hotel in Austin.
The JW Marriott Austin will offer 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.
White Lodging, which currently manages 19 other properties in Austin and Round Rock and has three additional hotels in its pipeline for Austin, will manage the JW Marriott. The company will employ more than 1,700 people in the greater Austin area when the JW Marriott opens.
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