Luxury lodging

Mega chain tucks 2 luxury hotels into downtown Austin high-rise

Mega chain tucks 2 luxury hotels into downtown Austin high-rise

The Thompson Hotel guest room Washington, DC
A room in the newly opened Thompson Hotel in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Hyatt

The Hyatt hotel chain plans to open two boutique properties next year in downtown Austin.

The 200-room Thompson Austin is on tap for East Fifth and Brazos streets, as is a 200-room sister property branded as tommie (with a lowercase T). Hyatt Hotels Corp. mentioned Thompson Austin in a January 28 release, but spokeswoman Jorian Weiner declined to provide details about tommie Austin.

In December 2019, the Austin American-Statesman reported that tommie Austin, a “micro-lifestyle hotel,” and Thompson Austin, a luxury hotel, will be part of a 32-story, mixed-use tower currently under construction.

The project is reminiscent in style to Marriott's The Otis and AC Hotel Austin near the UT campus. Though separate brands, the two hotels share the same San Antonio Street building. Those hotels open in mid-February.

The world’s first tommie property, a 212-room, eight-story hotel in Los Angeles, is set to open this year. The developer describes tommie Hollywood as a hotel that “will cater to artists and entrepreneurs alike, serving as an incubator of ideas, collaboration, and exploration.”

Founded in 2001, New York City-based Thompson Hotels says it “delivers a new take on modern luxury and tailored stays for guests with connections to world-class culinary offerings, arts and entertainment, and groundbreaking design.”

“Each location offers a stunning, carefully layered, and dynamic urban or resort setting that molds into the surrounding community,” Thompson Hotels adds.

The Thompson hotel in Austin won’t be the first in Texas. This summer, the brand is opening a 162-room property near downtown San Antonio that includes a condo component. A 219-room Thompson hotel is scheduled to open this fall in downtown Dallas.

Hyatt already is on track to open a 200-room Hyatt Centric hotel next year in downtown Austin. In addition, the Chicago-based hotel chain plans to open a 95-room Hyatt Place property this fall at North FM 620 and Bullock Hollow Road in Northwest Austin, near Lake Travis.