Site Visit: JW Marriott Austin

By Hayley Panagakis, April 1, 2015

The old cliche “everything is bigger in Texas” rings true with the new JW Marriott Austin. When it opened in February, the 1,012-room property became the largest hotel in the city and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world. It has more than 120,000 square feet of meeting space including the 30,000-sq.-ft. JW Grand Ballroom (its largest) and 42 meeting rooms.

Protecting the environment is a big priority for the eco-friendly property, which is on par to achieve LEED Silver certification and a two-star Austin Energy Green Building rating. The convention sales team will work with planners to use recycled materials, donate leftover food to Feeding America, use organic flowers and participate in meeting room recycling programs, among other green initiatives.

The LEED Gold-certified Austin Convention Center, which has nearly 370,000 square feet of meeting space, is three blocks away, and the Texas State Capitol is a five-minute drive.

Guests can experience the Lone Star lifestyle in the hotel’s Corner restaurant, which serves modern Texas-inspired fare like prime rib-eye a la plancha and Gulf of Mexico fish tacos, and also has various private dining rooms. Also on-site is Osteria Pronto, an Italian restaurant, as well as the food truck-style Burger Bar and a full-service Starbucks. The hotel is adorned with Texan decor throughout, including Texas limestone columns and topographical maps of Austin on the ceiling and floor of the lobby.

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