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JW Marriott Austin opens for business

JW Marriott Austin opens for business

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has opened its first property in Austin, approximately two and a half years after the hotel first broke ground.

The 34-story JW Marriott Austin is not only the largest hotel in Austin, but also the largest JW Marriott in North America and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world.

“Not only will this hotel change the meeting and convention landscape in Austin, but it will also serve as a huge addition to the city’s hospitality and dining scene,” said Scott Blalock, general manager of the JW Marriott Austin.

“We are thrilled to bring the JW Marriott brand to Austin and to open our highly anticipated hotel and restaurants to visitors and Austinites alike.”

The first guest to check in will be Major Walter Engle, who is based at Fort Hood.


He has served in the Army for more than 18 years and been deployed eight times.

The JW Marriott Austin donated a weekend stay at the hotel for his family, including his wife and three children, in appreciation for his service to the United States.

“Austin is a natural fit for the JW Marriott brand. As one of America’s fastest-growing cities, Austin is home to a thriving culinary, music, and arts scene, completely aligned with our guests’ passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

“We are honoured to host Major Walter Engle and his family as our first guests and look forward to offering them an unforgettable experience - right in the heart of this vibrant city.” 

The hotel will boast a spectacular fifth-floor pool deck and bar, some of the largest guest rooms in the city with stellar views, a full-service Starbucks and more.

The JW Marriott Austin has a distinct local feel.

Key interior design elements were incorporated to celebrate the spirit of Austin and the state of Texas.

Unique design features include large columns throughout the hotel and lobby built from Texas limestone; a topographical map of Austin illustrated in the lobby ceiling and floor; illuminated artwork behind the check-in area that resembles a magnified cactus graphic; and a large outline of the state of Texas etched into the bottom of the fifth-floor pool.