A massive new hospitality project is checking into Central Austin. On September 17, developers White Lodging announced construction will begin on the dual-branded The Otis Hotel and AC Hotel Austin at 1901 San Antonio St.
Combined, the two projects will bring 347 additional hotel rooms to the city. The Otis checks in with 191 rooms, including 29 suites, while the AC Hotel rings up with 156 rooms and two suites. According to a release, both hotels should be open by late 2019.
Though they share a property line, the two hotels are designed to appeal to different types of travelers. The Otis, with perks such as in-room record players and a "curated" vinyl library, is "inspired by Austin’s very own artists, the city’s world-famous music culture, and the neighboring University of Texas Longhorn legacy."
The hotel's design and brand identity, which was revealed during a UT tailgate on September 15, is decidedly Texan in its inspiration, pulling in natural materials like copper and leather. Those elements will be present throughout the hotel's additional amenities, like the outdoor pool and pool bar, cabanas, and expansive terrace, as well as an additional bar and full-service restaurant on the first level.
Not to be outdone, the AC Hotel will incorporate European-inspired design meant to appeal to business travelers. Guests can expect "simple, clean, and crisp lines that create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity." Among the perks at the AC Hotel are a breakfast concept and an additional bar.
The Otis and the AC hotels aren't the only projects White Lodging is developing in the Capital City — and it doesn't appear they're going to stop anytime soon. “We remain bullish on Austin as it remains one of the most sought after destinations in the United States and thrilled to be developing these two unique hotels adjacent to the world-class University of Texas and steps from downtown Austin,” said Deno Yiankes, president and CEO of investments and development at White Lodging, in a news release.
The hospitality brand's other Austin project is the massive 30-story, 615-room Marriott Hotel on the northwest corner of Cesar Chavez and Trinity streets. Construction on the mega-Marriott is underway, and it is slated to open in the summer of 2020.