News

Press Release

White Lodging Commences Construction on the Westin Austin Downtown

The 366-room hotel will be the 24th White Lodging managed hotel in the Austin area

Merrillville, Ind. (Aug. 7, 2013): White Lodging Services Corporation today announced construction has commenced for a second Westin hotel in Austin, Texas. The Westin Austin Downtown broke ground Aug. 5 and is scheduled to open in Spring 2015 on the northeast corner of East Fifth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. The 17-story, 366-room Westin hotel is a joint venture between White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and REI Real Estate Services, LLC.

Once open, the hotel will be the 24th White Lodging managed hotel in the Austin area.

“We believe in the market, and will continue to be believers in the future of Austin,” said Deno Yiankes, the president and CEO of White Lodging’s investments and developments division. “We are excited to bring the Westin brand to downtown Austin.”

Located at the center of Austin’s lively downtown, the Westin Austin Downtown will be just one and a half blocks from the city’s convention center and a short walk to many of the city’s restaurants and music venues. The famous Sixth Street entertainment district is just around the corner. Hotel facilities will include a White Lodging-managed, full-service restaurant, fitness center, and 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space.

In addition to helping meet an ever-growing demand for hotel rooms, the Westin will generate significant economic benefits, including approximately 140 permanent jobs and roughly $6.3 million in taxes annually.

“We are intent upon bringing yet another successful investment and development to Austin and thankful for the trust that the Whittington family has in us, as it results in an economic benefit to the City of Austin and its residents.” said Mike Wells, President of Indianapolis based REI Real Estate Services.

The sensory-rich environment at Westin offers a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand’s innovative programs and instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest’s stay into a revitalizing experience. All guestrooms and suites at The Westin Austin Downtown will offer the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed – an oasis of lush sheets, down and a patented pillow-top mattress, which cradles and contours to the body for truly restorative sleep. Guests will revive in the Heavenly® Bath enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. The hotel also will also offer the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood’s robust portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel program.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com, Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter.
White Lodging Services Corporation - was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Ind. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development and operations company – a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid-to large-scale hotels across the country. Its current portfolio consists of more than 169 hotels in 21 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Preferred Hotel Group, Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group and Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com.