The Hilton Hotel Austin began in May a $23 million renovation project that will transform its lobby, public areas and meeting space and includes the launching of new restaurant concepts. The renovations will be done in phases and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“You don’t see hotels creating what we’re creating in our hotel today,” General Manager Robert Watson said. “We are changing the paradigm and creating a different complement of offerings.”
The lobby, expected to be fully renovated by the middle of summer, is slated for such improvements as small “social zones,” designated work spaces and a digital media wall.
Steak and seafood restaurant Finn & Porter will close to make way for The Reverbery, a new banquet hall concept. It will feature flexible indoor and outdoor space with food and drink menus that reflect Austin’s culture. The space will host musical performances and weddings, among other events. It is expected to be completed by late summer.
The hotel also plans to revitalize its 80,000 square feet of meeting space by early fall. A new Starbucks will open in late fall. The 3,000-square-foot store will have locally inspired design elements and offer the Starbucks Evenings menu, which includes a selection of wine, beer, small plates and desserts beginning at 4 p.m.
Additionally, new restaurant concepts Austin Taco Project and Cannon + Belle will provide food and beverage offerings that are more current to the city’s culinary scene, Watson said.
The renovations will be done in phases so as not to inconvenience guests, he said.
Hilton Austin previously made another $23 million in improvements to upgrade its 801 rooms, suites and executive lounge in 2014. A $1 million remodeling of the hotel’s eighth-floor pool deck and bar was completed in 2013.
Watson said the nearly $50 million overall investment to renovate the facility will help the hotel capture the spirit of Austin while also creating an experience that appeals to the modern guest and traveler.