NEW YORK, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven, sustainably focused luxury lifestyle hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, announced plans to add a new sanctuary to its global portfolio of premier properties. With properties in New York City (Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park), West Hollywood, Sanya (China), South Beach, Nashville, Toronto, and San Francisco, 1 Hotel Austin is the brand’s entry point into the fast-growing Texas marketplace. The property is being developed in partnership with Lincoln Property Company and Kairoi Residential.
1 Hotel Austin will be an integral component of an innovative mixed-use hotel, residential and retail project currently under construction at the meeting of Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. Upon completion, the property will be the tallest tower in Texas and overlook a verdant green gateway to the historic Rainey Street District. Every exterior and interior feature radically reduce the facility’s environmental impact and will restore the beauty of nature to a long-neglected creek-side site, conveniently located in the heart of the Lone Star State’s cultural, musical, and political capital, within walking distance of most every activity that the proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World has to offer.
“In one compelling location, 1 Hotel Austin captures the rich diversity of ingredients and experiences that make our brand’s offering unique,” said 1 Hotels Founder and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group Barry Sternlicht. “When we open our doors, our guests will immerse themselves in the energetic attractions of the Austin creative community while simultaneously serving a restorative relationship to the Hill Country’s natural beauty. We have never been more deliberate about aligning our creative process with our brand’s purpose of connecting our guests to the beauty of nature, to each other, and most memorably, creating an ‘oasis’ for themselves.”
‘New Benchmark for Sustainable Luxury’
“The 1 Hotels brand is the perfect complement to our mixed-use development, as it will embody the natural beauty of Waterloo Greenway,” said Tony Curp, SVP of Development at Kairoi. “We look forward to 1 Hotel Austin setting a new benchmark for sustainable luxury that will be virtually impossible to match.”
“As an ownership group, we are thrilled to be bringing 1 Hotel to Austin. The quality of their product and their commitment to refined sustainability align with our values both as a company and as a city,” said Seth Johnston, Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Co. “We are looking forward to 1 Hotel integrating seamlessly into the fabric of the Austin community.”
The property tower will overlook a lush landscape teeming with native plants that merge seamlessly with the reclaimed riverine habitat of long lost, since found, Waller Creek. The site directly abuts a newly connected multi-mile chain of parks, bike trails and pedestrian paths designed by urban planners to reveal and restore the creek’s natural ecology and the community’s historic relationship to it. In keeping with this theme of nurturing a more authentic and intimate connection between residents, visitors and their natural environment, interior and exterior details derive inspiration from the local landscape, past, present, and future. Native stone, trees, shrubs, plants, and reclaimed wooden surfaces organically define a curated space that explicitly references both traditional Texas river houses and the simplicity and sensibility of modern Hill Country ranches. Texas-tough, modern-chic guestrooms feature furnishings that integrate cowboy craftsmanship with the sophisticated tone and tenor of a tech-savvy city.
Since no self-respecting Hill Country ranch can be considered complete without a water feature, 1 Hotel Austin presents a lush lagoon of a pool perched at a sky-high level on the 16th floor of the tapering tower. Shrouded in vine-covered walls and rough wooden trellises, the hilltop oasis offers its guests panoramic views of Austin City Limits and the Waller Creek greenway below.
For more information about the timing of 1 Hotel Austin’s opening, consult 1hotels.com.