Hyatt has announced the opening of two lifestyle hotels in Austin, Texas. Both are located near the downtown core of the city, and Thompson Austin and tommie Austin are 15 minutes away from AUS, according to Hyatt.
“Thompson Austin and tommie Austin each bring something unique and new to the spirited city of Austin,” said managing director Nate Hardesty.
“Thompson Austin stands as the newest cultural hub boasting exceptional service, an elevated social scene and highly desirable food and beverage offerings while tommie Austin is a reimagined hotel experience built for discovering vibrant neighborhoods.
“Austin is one of the most beloved travel destinations and serves as home to many inspiring people and businesses that we’re honored to be joining.”
“Luxury Contemporary” Thompson Austin
Luxury contemporary property Thompson Austin features 212 guestrooms and suites; 17 residences; a 6,700-square-foot wellness center with a sports simulator and private fitness rooms; a pool deck surrounded by greenery with al fresco dining; street-level culinary experiences led by James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and partner Johno Morisano; and more than 10,000 square feet of interior and exterior private event space. Each of the guestrooms, suites and residences includes touches such as evening turndown service, D.S. & DURGA bathroom amenities, in-room cuisine from chef Mashama and more.
In terms of design, Thompson Austin celebrates the city’s position as creative innovator centre. Common spaces showcase concrete walls, as well as a front desk inspired by raw cut gemstones and a specialty shou sugi ban wood ceiling finish, both nods to the local landscape. Other design elements include finishes of mixed metals, leathers and greenery.
“Playful” tommie Austin
Opening under the JdV by Hyatt brand, tommie Austin was designed to encourage interaction and serve as an epicenter for creativity and adventure.
The hotel features 193 king bed guestrooms and offers the efficiency and flexibility of select service, while tapping into the amenities of the dynamic locale. Created for functionality with contactless check-in kiosks and mobile room entry, the hotel welcomes guests with a youthful all-day counter serving specialty coffee drinks from Greater Goods Coffee Co., craft beer, natural wines and playful retail, as an innovative alternative to the traditional lobby.
Inspired by high-desert ranges from its West Texas surroundings, the design of tommie Austin includes south-western inspired materials and textures and natural elements such as tactile furnishings, and local indigenous geometric patterns. Guests encounter six panoramic images situated above each bed shot by local photographer, Kenny Braun, featuring images from the Guadalupe Mountain Range to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a 10-by-6-foot mural curated by Tom Jean Webb inspired by the southwest and its surroundings.
A Taste of Austin
Opening in early 2022, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin will together offer several dining concepts including a fourth-floor restaurant and bar concept, street-level restaurant and market and a ground-floor coffee shop and wine bar.
The Diner Bar and The Grey Market will offer day-to-night dining destinations serving daily fare on the ground level. Each will serve their take on Port City Southern food while incorporating additional inspiration from regional ingredients and local Texan flavors. Located within the lobby of Thompson Austin, the Diner Bar will be a casual, fine-dining restaurant and bar serving dishes such as Country Pasta, while The Grey Market takes inspiration from its original Savannah location as a community gathering place with counter-service, grab-and-go items and provisions such as a Sunday Fried Chicken set with Pullman bread and homemade pickles.
On the fourth-floor entertainment deck, Land and Sea Dept will debut Wax Myrtle’s Club & Pool, a poolside restaurant and bar offering al fresco cuisine. Led by executive chef Nick Erven, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin guests can expect a menu prioritizing seasonal and regional ingredients focusing on contemporary American dishes in addition to monthly programming such as local and visiting DJs, screenings and live performances.
In the lobby, guests of tommie Austin will encounter an all-day coffee shop featuring Austin-based Greater Goods Coffee Co., a small-batch coffee roaster aiming to source, roast and serve quality specialty coffee with a focus on creativity and community. Doubling as a casual wine bar and happy hour spot, guests can also enjoy a menu of local, premium and natural wines; craft beer from Austin breweries; and a collection of retail to shop through.
Thompson Austin offers more than 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space spread across the second and fourth floors with features such as 20-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Traditional event space offerings include the Red River Ballroom (3,890 square feet), Bass Boardroom (1,336 square feet), Singer Boardroom (311 square feet), Newton Boardroom (467 square feet) and Kelley Boardroom (348 square feet), each named for notable figures from Texas Hill Country history. Additionally, the fourth-floor Bayberry Room and Patio features 3,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space to be used for private receptions, acoustic sets, performances and screenings.
To celebrate the opening, Thompson Austin and tommie Austin worked with local retailers to create welcoming guests to the city.
Thompson Austin has collaborated with Tecovas to create the “Kick Up Your Boots” package. On top of their stay, guests can be treated to a Southern-inspired gift bag inclusive of branded whiskey glasses, a bandana and sampling of local spirits, as well as a USD $250 Tecovas gift card with roundtrip transfer to and from the retail store. Thompson Austin will offer a second package, the “Have It All” package, inclusive of a USD $100 food & beverage credit, chef-selected welcome amenity, branded leather tote, two tickets to The Contemporary Austin, USD $20 gift card to Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, curated Tecovas gift bag and complimentary parking.
tommie Austin is working with Austin Detours to curate a local guest experience to kick-off the opening. The package includes a two-night stay, USD $20 credit to the tommie Austin coffee shop, branded YETI tumbler and a street art experience for two led by Austin Detours.
Nightly room rates are seasonally based, starting at USD $329 per night at Thompson Austin and USD $199 per night at tommie Austin.