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A Massive Fairmont Hotel is Coming to Austin in 2015

May 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

It may be a ways off but come 2015, attendees at the South by Southwest festival will have an additional 1,000 hotel rooms open to them, thanks to Fairmont Hotels.

The high-end hotel chain announced their plans for a new hotel close to the Austin Convention Center at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River Streets. which will span 50 stories, making it the largest building in downtown Austin. Detes are still scant but the hotel will cost about $350 million to build and will feature over 70,000-sq.ft. of function space and the aforementioned 1,000 hotel rooms.

The hotel's design will also use several green building elements and will seek LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. But best of all, guests here will be able to get free WiFi so long as they join the Fairmont Presidents Club loyalty program. Sigh, too bad it's three years away though.

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Fairmont?

I thought that a 1,000 room Marriott Marquis was being built--so this hotel will be a Fairmont instead??

Marriott

The Marriott (which is now a JW Marriott) is a different hotel that starts construction in two weeks.

F1

Too bad neither will be ready for the F1 race in November.  Rates are out of hand that weekend.

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