by Matt Alderton | July 17, 2015
A new Westin hotel, The Westin Austin Downtown, has opened in downtown Austin, TX, Westin Hotels & Resorts announced yesterday.

Along with 366 guest rooms and 13,500 square feet of meeting space, the 19-story hotel offers 24-hour in-room dining, a 24-hour fitness studio, a rooftop pool and bar, and a signature restaurant -- all against a backdrop inspired by Austin's world-famous live music scene. Notable design elements, for instance, include a 12-foot-tall custom-made art piece comprised of charred wood blocks that come together to form the body of a guitar, a vertical garden that mimics the cutouts of a Dobro guitar, a guitar string staircase, and ballroom floors that evoke prints often found on guitar straps.

"We wanted to pay homage to all Austin has to offer, and, of course, music is a huge part of that," said Kristofer Carlson, the hotel's general manager. "Most of the inspiration comes from vintage guitars, so you'll see many parts of the hotel subtly reflect various guitar components. That, combined with Westin's signature amenities, will offer Austinites and visitors alike a relaxing-yet-energized stay."

Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Bob Lander welcomed the new hotel, which he said is a big draw for groups. "The new Westin Austin Downtown has already enabled us to make advances in both the size and quality of groups that we are now able to attract with the additional inventory," he said.