Renaissance Austin Hotel Completes Major Renovation

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Hotel features new guest rooms, lobby and ballroom transformation, technology upgrades.

This renovation strengthens the property’s standing as Austin’s premiere hotel for business and pleasure activities and events.

Following a four-month design transformation and an investment in excess of $12 million by Inland American Lodging Group, Inc., the Renaissance Austin Hotel has completed an extensive renovation that will upgrade the distinctive award-winning property to a new level of pure Austin style.

Located in the Austin Arboretum, close to many of Austin’s most popular destinations, the Renaissance Austin Hotel now features brand new design and upgrades to all 492 of its guest rooms (including 74 suites), its lobby, porte-cochere arrival area, grand ballroom, pre-function areas, technology capacity and exterior grounds landscaping. Driven by the vision of Flick-Mars, one of the world’s leading hotel and leisure property design firms, the renovation’s mission was to create an indigenous and intriguing setting that reflects the culture and unique vibe of Austin.

“The Renaissance Austin Hotel is a luxurious destination that reflects the unique personality of the Lone Star State, and this renovation strengthens the property’s standing as Austin’s premiere hotel for business and pleasure activities and events, and we are very excited about the work that has recently been completed,” said Rob Gillette, general manager.

The hotel’s guest rooms now feature spa-like bathrooms, dramatic new headboards, bedding, carpeting, lighting, furniture, higher broadband Internet capacity and new Internet access points. The tubs in 36 king guest rooms on the top floor were converted to walk-in showers. Fourteen conference suites were transformed into luxury signature suites and the presidential suite received select new furniture pieces, hardwood flooring in the dining area, upgraded bathroom, shower and vanity accessories features. Upgrades to the guest room bathrooms include dramatic wall-sized photography, new lighted mirrors, new vanities, new lighting above tubs, new tile surrounds and new doors that include full-length mirrors

The renovation extends to 21 meeting rooms with upgraded Internet connectivity in 65,000 square feet of total meeting space. In addition to upgraded Internet connectivity, the grand ballroom features new chandeliers, carpeting, wall sconces, wall coverings and a new sound system. The pre-function area adjacent to the ballroom features new chandeliers and wall coverings.

Along with a new custom-made, 23-foot ivory pearl leather sofa, the front lobby features a new custom R Wall at the hotel entry that showcases unique local artisans, unique 1500 pound solid granite benches, new illuminated front desk pods constructed of unique woods, glass and polished stainless, a new front desk backdrop of handmade natural bark, group seating areas, internally illuminated coffee tables, a new art wall and “live life to discover” projection screens. Just outside the lobby the restyled porte-cochere has a new sound system, light fixtures, seating areas, stylized Texas size space heaters and hand-rubbed plaster ceiling finish. The hotel’s outdoor façade includes new landscape features like Texas love grass, custom sculptures, multi-colored lighted globes and terrain height levels.

About the Hotel

Rich in the distinct style and diverse personality of the Lone Star State, the Renaissance Austin Hotel provides a luxurious, tranquil environment surrounded by nature trails and 95 breathtaking acres of the Arboretum at Great Hills, yet enjoys convenient proximity to downtown Austin, the University of Texas, Sixth Street, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and The Domain shopping center. The hotel features a dramatic nine-story atrium, stylish oversized rooms and fine dining -- all part of the charming grace and distinct elegance of the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Renaissance Hotels, which was acquired by Marriott International in 1997, has quickly become one of the most popular brands within the company's portfolio. In 2008, the brand began an intense journey to firmly establish itself in the lifestyle hospitality space and differentiate itself from other Marriott International brands by introducing game changing programs including the Navigator program and RLife LIVE, one of the industry's most well recognized entertainment platforms showcasing emerging musical artists through live performances in Renaissance Hotels around the world. A natural continuation of the brand's extraordinary journey, the recently launched Live Life to Discover campaign represents the culmination of the global repositioning of the brand.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit http://www.renhotels.com.

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