Marriott Hotels and Resorts has announced its plans to open a new Marriott Marquis hotel, which will be part of Marriott International’s signature Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand, in the downtown Austin area. The new hotel, which is scheduled to break ground in mid-2012 after having faced some initial difficulties with getting off the ground, should be open sometime in 2015 if all goes as planned. Offering more than 110,000 square feet of meeting space along with 1,003 rooms, the hotel will offer ample living space while also creating hundreds of jobs in the area.
Owned and operated by White Lodging Services Corp., the Austin Marriott Marquis is projected to generate more than 545 full-time construction jobs over the course of its development. After it opens, the hotel is expected to employ 750 people.
In addition to bringing more jobs to the area, the new Austin Marriott Marquis will provide the city’s visitors with an attractive lodging option. Conveniently located at Congress Avenue and Second Street, the hotel will be only two blocks away from the Austin Convention Center. The hotel itself will also offer numerous food and beverage venues as well as a 4,500-square-foot fitness center and 347 underground parking spaces.
According to reports, the new hotel initially hit some obstacles that threatened to postpone or even cancel the development. After city council members approved an initiative to waive $4.3 million in development fees in June, the hotel took one more step closer to becoming reality.