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The dual-branded Otis Hotel, Autograph Collection, and AC Hotel Austin-University opened in the heart of the campus district in Austin this month. The 11-story property brings four new restaurants and bars, as well as 347 new rooms to the city—the Otis Hotel with 191 rooms and AC Hotel Austin-University with 156 rooms.Both hotels are developed and managed by White Lodging. HKS was the architect, while Flick Mars handled the interior design.

At the Otis, Austin’s culture and history provided inspiration for the campus district hotel. The design features subtle nods to academia, including a corkboard wall fixture, chalkboard blue features, and cerused oak paying homage to the 300-year-old Battle Oaks on the nearby UT campus.

The AC Hotel Austin-University is the lifestyle brand’s first Austin property. Introduced to the U.S. in 2014, the AC Hotel by Marriott brand originated in Europe in 2011. Offering contemporary design with meaningfully selected décor, the hotel has a sophisticated, yet uncomplicated vibe with natural hues, richly textured finishes, and curated pieces from Austin’s art community. The hotel features a unique restaurant and wine bar with a second-floor terrace overlooking West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Photo: Courtesy of the Otis Hotel


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