The Hilton Austin is getting an entirely new look for its 10th anniversary, thanks to $22 million in renovations that will transform the entire interior of the hotel, including the 800 guest rooms, suites and lobby.
Renovations will be complete in late August, ahead of the Hilton Austin's “Capital Celebration” on September 25. During a sneak peek last week General Manager Robert Watson stressed that these renovations are much greater than just picking out new curtains.
“We are taking it down to sheetrock,” says Watson.
The new style is sleek, minimalist and modern — a major departure from the down-home look that guests are used to. Say goodbye to interiors that reflect local culture with burnt orange accents and wood furnishings. (However, a new winding pattern in the hall carpet provides a subtle homage to nearby Interstate 35.)
One particular highlight is a new energy management system in the guest rooms, featuring a touchscreen device located by each bed for easy light and temperature adjustment. All beds also have individual reading lights installed in the headboards, allowing for light that won't bother another guest who's trying to catch some shuteye.
Currently, 400 of the hotel's rooms have been updated. Along with renovations to the 25 suites and the executive lounge, the Hilton will also add a second presidential suite for VIP guests.
The renovations come on the heels of the revamped eighth floor pool, completed in fall 2013, which included new cabanas, a resurfaced deck and the addition of the Skyline Pool Bar.