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Swanky music-themed hotel opens in grand Austin style

Swanky music-themed hotel opens in grand Austin style

Westin Grand Opening Party
Left to right: Jarrod Salas, Kelly Ford, Shelby Shankin, Noelle Webster, Ana Muzel Silva Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
Left to right: Sheri Fox, Erin Legacy  Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
Left to right: Viraj Mehta, Robert Schrader Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
Left to right: Kurt Weber, Andrea Sarrensen, Jim Parham Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
The Westin's grand opening featured five levels of music, food, and entertainment. Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
The hotel's restaurant, Stella San Jac, served party guests delicious appetizers. Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
The Westin also debuted its pet-friendly hotel rooms. Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
The rooftop pool at The Westin is the highest in the city.  Photo by Deborah Stachelski
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party
Westin Grand Opening Party

What: The Westin Downtown Austin Hotel Opening Night

The details: On Thursday, Austin's media elite enjoyed the opening night of downtown’s newest and swankiest hotel for a night of live music, delicious food, and unique entertainment. The 366-room Westin is located steps away from three major entertainment districts in Austin, and carefully constructed its interior to mimic Austin’s musical backbone — the guitar.

Each detail of the hotel is designed to include the instrument’s elements: The main lobby staircase replicate strings, while the tiles surrounding the 20th floor pool are inspired by the mother-of-pearl pick guards on classic Fenders. Azul, the tallest hotel rooftop pool and bar in town, is complete with cabanas, a cozy fire pit, and unmatched panoramic views of Austin.

Bites provided by Stella San Jac, the hotel's American restaurant led by Chef Michael Cerrie, included stylish crab cakes, hand-crafted sliders, and signature biscuits. An open bar offering local craft beers and the porthole-infused cocktails kept guests mingling and exploring five levels of the hotel, each hosting a renowned local musician. Between armadillo racing, ballet dancing, live jazz, and a walking flower sculpture, Austinites are looking forward to visiting the Westin Downtown Hotel again.

Who: Jarrod Salas, Kelly Ford, Shelby ShankinNoelle Webster, Ana Muzel Silva, Kurt WeberAndrea SarrensenJim Parham, Robert SchraderViraj Mehta, Erin Legacy, and Sheri Fox.