Opening of Fairmont Austin, city’s largest hotel, delayed yet again


Opening day for the $370 million Fairmont Austin Hotel has been pushed back yet again.

Representatives for the hotel told the American-Statesman this week that they’re now looking at opening in early 2018.

When first announced, the hotel had been set to make its debut in June of this year. That was later pushed back to August, late fall and then November.

When the 37-story, 1,048-room property does open in downtown Austin at Red River and East Cesar Chavez streets next year, it will become the city’s largest hotel – an honor currently held by the 1,012-room JW Marriott hotel at East Second Street and Congress Avenue just a few blocks away.

In a written statement provided to the Statesman, Fairmont officials cited several reasons for the latest delay.

“The Fairmont Austin team is in the final stages of preparation for the much-anticipated opening, with an emphasis on recruiting, new colleague orientation, systems and service standards training,” the statement said. “We are actively working to complete the series of final inspections, permits and brand requirements necessary before we can welcome our first guest. We look forward to delivering the finest luxury hotel to the Austin market early in the New Year and remain steadfast in our dedication to this objective.”

A $27 million lawsuit filed in March by the luxury hotel’s general contractor had no effect on the project’s timeline, Doug Manchester, president of developer Manchester Texas Financial Group, told the Statesman earlier this year. That suit alleged a subcontractor wasn’t providing enough workers and that some of the subcontractor’s work was subpar.

The Fairmont began hiring in August, looking to add 800 workers. A variety of positions were listed at the time including cook, laundry attendant, security officer, bar and restaurant management, hairstylist, dishwasher, banquet captain, pastry cook, doorperson and night manager.

A list of current openings can be found at fairmontcareers.com.

When complete, the Fairmont will boast an elevated walkway offering direct access to the Austin Convention Center across the street. Other amenities will include a spa, meeting facilities, five bars and restaurants and a pool located on the hotel’s seventh floor.



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