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Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District opens its doors

Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District, in partnership with Rockbridge and HRI Properties, LCC.


The Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District is located at 301 W. 17th Street, Austin, TX 78701. The property is within walking distance of several key sites, including the state capitol, University of Texas Austin, Blanton Museum, Museum of the Weird and many city parks.


With interior design led by Studio 11 Design out of Dallas, TX, the hotel’s chic aesthetic captures the colorful vibe of Austin, with a fresh color palette, artful lighting, and locally sourced materials. The first level lobby features rich brown leather and earth tones complemented by ample lounge furniture and wood tables that invite guests to linger and laze. Textured wall coverings and curated artwork flow seamlessly throughout the property’s public spaces and are a nod to the city’s modern, creative spirit and roots as a cattle town.

Notable design elements include eccentric furniture and textiles as well as locally inspired and sourced artwork. By cleverly mixing the old with the new, and adding subtle references to monumental features and activities found throughout the city, the hotel’s design is as unique as the city itself.

Michael Coolidge, Chief Investment & Development Officer for HRI, said:

We’re thrilled to open the Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District in the heart of the city. Austin is a thriving hub of art and culture. We wanted to reflect that throughout the entire property, from the creative food & beverage offerings, to the eclectic local art program, to the vibrant energy of the 17th floor rooftop deck. The hotel embodies the distinct Austin personality of this dynamic destination, while staying true to the welcoming service and amenities of the trusted Hilton Garden Inn brand.

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Each of the 214 guest rooms features a 55” SMART TV with premium cable and streaming, mini-refrigerator, microwave, K-cup coffee maker, laptop safe, free wifi and Hilton Beautyrest Harmony beds. Rooms boast sweeping city views of the University of Texas and the state capitol.

Standard guest room. Photo: Hilton

The unique guestroom décor pays homage to Austin’s eclectic live-music scene with artwork made from vintage posters from the Austin City Limits Music Festival and bringing vibrant pops of color.


Located in the main lobby that flows into a covered outdoor patio, the Analog bar and restaurant offers guests flavors of downtown Austin, with small bites inspired by the food trucks of the city for lunch and dinner, signature cocktails and craft beverages from Texas distributors, and live music from local artists.

Guests and patrons of the lobby bar have exclusive access to Apex, the 17th floor rooftop deck. With impressive views of the University of Texas, Austin Hill Country, and the state capitol, the chic outdoor space provides ample lounge furniture and lawn games. Apex will also offer occasional pop-up events and can be reserved for meetings and private events with up to 100 guests.

Additional dining options include Intro: Early Eatery which provides guests with a full American breakfast buffet and coffee to start their day, and The Store, offering a selection of locally made products and pre-made items from Analog for grab-and-go dining.


The hotel features a fitness centre with a yoga room. The downtown property offers over 4,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space including the Apex Room and 17th floor rooftop terrace, both showcasing stunning views.

Designed with a cool color palette, the interior décor incorporates shades of cream, blue and gold in bold, geometric patterns complemented by rich wood tables. High vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows add a sense of depth and modern sophistication to the spaces.

Recently, IHG announced the signing of Atwell Suites Austin.

Meanwhile, Hilton recently signed its 4 resort in the Maldives, Hilton Maldives Amangiri, bringing its flagship brand to the dreamy island paradise. The hospitality giant also recently opened its first DoubleTree property in Germany and first Tapestry Collection property in Europe. The hospitality chain will open its largest hotel in Asia-Pacific in Singapore in January 2022.

Featured image by Hilton

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