AUSTIN, Texas – 1 Hotels has announced plans to add to its global portfolio of properties with a new location in the Lone Star State.
With properties in New York City, West Hollywood, Sanya (China), South Beach, Toronto, and San Francisco, 1 Hotel Austin is the brand’s entry into the fast-growing Texas marketplace. The property is being developed in partnership with Lincoln Property Company and Kairo Residential.
According to a media release, 1 Hotel Austin will be an integral component of a mixed-use hotel, residential, and retail project currently under construction at the meeting of Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. Upon completion, the property will be the tallest tower in Texas and overlook the city’s historic Rainey Street District.
In the release, 1 Hotels officials say exterior and interior features will “radically reduce the facility’s environmental impact” and breathe new life in an area they call “long-neglected.” Once completed, the hotel will be within walking distance of most amenities and activities in Austin.
“In one compelling location, 1 Hotel Austin captures the rich diversity of ingredients and experiences that make our brand’s offering unique,” said 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group Barry Sternlicht. “When we open our doors, our guests will immerse themselves in the energetic attractions of the Austin creative community while simultaneously serving a restorative relationship to the Hill Country’s natural beauty. We have never been more deliberate about aligning our creative process with our brand’s purpose of connecting our guests to the beauty of nature, to each other, and most memorably, creating an ‘oasis’ for themselves.”
The property tower will overlook a landscape filled with native plants that merge with the reclaimed riverine habitat of the Waller Creek. The site directly abuts a newly connected multi-mile chain of parks, bike trails, and pedestrian paths designed by urban planners to reveal and restore the creek’s natural ecology and the community’s historic relationship to it.
According to the media release, in keeping with this theme of developing a more authentic and intimate connection between residents, visitors, and their natural environment, interior and exterior details derive inspiration from the local landscape. Native stone, trees, shrubs, plants, and reclaimed wooden surfaces create a space referencing both traditional Texas river houses and modern Hill Country ranches. Guest rooms feature furnishings integrating rural craftsmanship with the sophisticated tone of a modern city.
1 Hotel Austin also includes pool perched at a sky-high-level on the 16th floor of the tower. Shrouded in vine-covered walls and rough wooden trellises, it offers guests panoramic views of Austin City Limits and the Waller Creek greenway below.