Celebrating the completion of its structural framework, Austin Marriott Downtown hosted a unique “topping off” event in collaboration with local spirit masters Garrison Brothers Distillery. In place of the traditional raising of the final beam ceremony, the hotel raised three Garrison Brothers bourbon barrels via crane onto the hotel’s rooftop. The barrels will remain on the roof throughout the construction period until the hotel’s opening in mid-2020, at which time the hotel’s first guests will be treated to an exclusive Austin Marriott–inspired whiskey tasting.
Austin Marriott Downtown will feature 613 guest rooms (including 25 suites), a rooftop pool and bar, three bars, and two restaurants on the ground level. The hotel will also offer more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including an exhibit hall with floor-to-ceiling windows along a 170-foot glass wall. The hotel is located across the street from the Austin Convention Center.