Beset by delays, Fairmont Austin plans to open in early March for SXSW


Already several months behind schedule, the Fairmont Austin hotel has confirmed that it will open next month.

That’s good news for the thousands of out-of-towners who will be here for South by Southwest, many of them either booked to stay there or attend sessions there.

When it opens, the 1,048-room Fairmont, at 101 Red River St. in downtown Austin, will become the city’s largest hotel, an honor currently held by the 1,012-room JW Marriott, 110 E. Second St.

Last week, several floors of the $370 million, 37-story Fairmont building were briefly evacuated after carbon monoxide from a faulty pizza oven sickened two workers. It was the latest in a string of setbacks for the project, which was originally set to make its debut in mid-2017.

The SXSW website currently lists the hotel as opening in August 2017, while the hotel had also previously mentioned the possibility of an opening during the 2017 holiday season.

SXSW officials did not respond to a message seeking comment on the festival’s planned usage of the Fairmont.

In a written statement, provided to the American-Statesman after the carbon monoxide scare, the Fairmont said it planned to open its doors in a few days.

“Our developer confirmed … that the source of the issue was identified quickly following the job site evacuation,” Fairmont managing director Tom Voss said. “They were able to safely resolve the matter. After extensive testing, we received notification that all readings were back to normal and that the job site is safe for staff to continue work as usual. There were no setbacks or delays to the final steps of construction and we are still on course to welcome our first guests in early March.”



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