It’s been a tough year for the Texas hospitality industry. say the least. The large and small hotels in our city and state have gone through difficult times – dwindling occupancy and business travel as well as canceled conventions have put an end to the industry, which has already been badly affected. But let’s focus on some good news.
While the thought of opening a new hotel in a year like this seems almost inconceivable, we’ve had some significant newcomers to the Lone Star State, with more on the way in early 2021. Although we don’t know exactly what the future will be like in the hospitality industry, we do Covid-19 vaccinations are being rolled out across America. It’s only a matter of time before we Houstonians get back to our weekend getaways, road trips, and stays the way we are used to.
Now, here are the new Texas hotels to keep an eye on as your own travel plans get back underway.
The Blossom Hotel
Opening in April 2021
When the Texas Medical Center receives its first four diamond hotel with international flair (7118 Bertner Ave) in the form of this hotel this spring The 16-story newcomer to the China-based Blossom Holding Group awaits three cook-oriented restaurants (including a new sushi restaurant), décor with “moon” color schemes, and an outdoor pool bar and karaoke room with luxurious amenities and experiences.
Opened in September 2020
The largest hotel in the renowned hotel group Sleeping barracks The Hotel Magdalena (masterminds of Marfas El Cosmico) is the fourth hotel in Austin and the first solid wood hotel in North America. Four tree-house-like buildings, connected by walkways and courtyards, house 89 rooms with an atmosphere reminiscent of the life of the lakes in Austin in the 1970s. The Summer House on Music Lane has an open grill, rotisserie, and plenty of outdoor space. The property was originally the home of the Terrace Motor Hotel, which was bought by Willie Nelson in the late 1970s, who made it the home of the Austin Opry House – you can find pictures from some of his most famous shows (Muddy Waters, Lou Reed) and Nelson himself ), caught by Scott Newton from Austin, all over the hotel.
Opened in July 2020
The hotel is on Austin’s West 6th Street entertainment district has 140 rooms, a deck-level pool deck, an open-air courtyard, pet-friendly rooms, and a designated area for dog walks. The outdoor seating and lounge area of the in-house restaurant and bar Verbena, run by local chef Nic Yanes from Juniper and Uncle Nicky’s, is particularly appealing.
The Kimpton Pittman
Open August 2020
The Knights of Pythias Temple at Deep Ellum is housed in one of Dallas’s most historic buildings and was designed in 1916 by the noted African American architect and son-in-law of Booker T. Washington, William S. Pittman (hence the name of the hotel). The Kimpton Pittman Hotel features 164 contemporary rooms with curated works by Dallas artists, a contemporary Elm & Good tavern, over 8,000 square feet of event space and an upcoming bar and outdoor pool deck. You can also find Pelotons and TRX in the 24-hour gym, or take a bike (free) to explore the neighborhood. Local business Good records also curated that “Kimpton Pittman Collection” Vinyl set that guests can enjoy in their rooms or buy to take away.
Opening in February 2021
Western charm and modern amenities are the be-all and end-all of the latest addition to the Autograph Collection, a chic newcomer with 200 rooms on the way to something new Mule Alley district in Fort Worth (in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District). Guests will find A two-story library of Texas-themed books in the lobby and cozy luxuries that range from bedrooms for families (with king-size beds for parents, of course) to artisanal lavender products from Los Poblanos and items from the King Ranch. The 200-seater 97 West Kitchen & Bar serves modern Texan cuisine (à la NY Strip Chicken Fried Steak) and family dishes. The backyardWith a pool, hot tub, cabanas, fire pits, stage, and games in the garden, it’s basically all you need for an epic evening. Unless, of course, you get married. Book one of two event rooms – the Legacy Hall or the barn of the property made from 150 year old reclaimed wood.
Reopening in November 2020
It’s not brand new, but the Frisco Resort and golf destination just experienced it a major revitalization worth $ 30 million that will reopen with this winter 302 updated guest rooms (some with pelotons), over 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and loads of new amenities: a Pro Shop, TopGolf Swing Suite, state-of-the-art gym, coffee and cocktail lounge, Beans & Barrel, and Southern Restaurant Herd & Hearth. A bustling outdoor pool and bar area, luxury on-site spa, guided outdoor fitness activities, and the Westin Family Kids Club (opening 2021) are all yet to come. And next year: a new yoga lawn, running tracks and ranch water, a cocktail lounge by the pool, named after the popular Texas drink.
Thompson San Antonio
Opening in early 2021
The modern boutique hotel will bring 162 chic guest rooms and 33 suites on the River Walk with floor-to-ceiling views of the San Antonio skyline and the Texas Hill Country, four restaurants and bars (including a rooftop bar inspired by the Greek moon goddess), a pool deck with a bar and cabanas Full-service spa and a sanctuary plus 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Cotton Court Hotel
Opened in September 2020
Valencia Hotel Group based in Houston newest urban retreat The hotel has 165 rooms and laid-back amenities – in-room verandas with Acapulco rocking chairs, a relaxing courtyard, pool, fire pits, and of course the Midnight Shift bar and restaurant, which serves craft brews, cocktails, and locally sourced Texas -inspired dishes. The property’s design is inspired by the local history of cotton warehouses, cotton gins and agriculture and is as stylish as you’d expect from the brand behind Hotel Alessandra and the Lone Star Court.
Opening in April 2021
Amarillo’s first boutique hotel, courtesy of the Autograph Collection, is located in the historic Barfield building in the heart of downtown. In its 112 guest rooms there are details on the topic of “New West”. two restaurants, including an Italian restaurant and a speakeasy called Toscana; and in close proximity to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Pets are also welcome.