18 FLOORS OF FUN
New hotel finds a home in the heart of downtown Austin
Travelers wanting to immerse themselves in the center of the bustling city are getting some new accommodations.
An 18-story Graduate Austin hotel at the corner of Guadalupe Street and West 18th Street is currently in the works, with an expected opening date in 2025.
Graduate Hotels was founded in 2014 by Ben Weprin and currently has 33 properties in the United States and United Kingdom. The hotels are often located near universities, hence their characteristic name. Graduate currently has another location in progress in Dallas.
The Austin Graduate will incorporate the city’s “weirdness” with signature eclectic patterns and design techniques that bring University of Texas culture inside the walls of a guest’s hotel room. The building will have glazed terracotta finishes, checkered cement tile, and the interior will feature grasscloth wallpaper with warm-toned color palettes.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy the hotel’s event space, fitness center, and meeting room for any exercise or workplace needs. The ground floor will have a café and bar, and the rooftop will also have its own bar, restaurant, and pool.
Graduate Hotels CIO Tim Ryan said in a press release that a hotel in the Lone Star Capital City has “long been a dream location” for the company.
“The city’s distinct personality, creative energy and adventurous spirit align perfectly,” Ryan said. “We’re huge fans of this community and all things UT, and we look forward to delivering a space that reflects and celebrates those sentiments through design that’s rooted in storytelling, gracious hospitality, best-in-class food and beverage offerings and more.”
More information about Graduate Austin can be found on graduatehotels.com.