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Fairmont Austin Hotel to Open Summer 2017

Fairmont Austin, the new 37-story luxury hotel opening summer 2017, has unveiled natural design elements that will pay homage to the neighboring Palm Park, currently undergoing revitalization by the non-profit Waller Creek Conservancy.


 Once representing an important common ground between east Austin and downtown, Palm Park will be restored as a leafy, shady respite at the water's edge, a gathering place that serves the hotel, Convention Center and surrounding neighborhoods. "We are excited to welcome Fairmont Austin to the Waller Creek district," said Peter Mullan, Waller Creek Conservancy CEO. "This beautiful hotel, connected to nature and the creek at Palm Park, is transforming the district into a vibrant, urban environment." Fairmont Austin's proximity to both Palm Park and Waller Creek inspired Warren Sheets, of San Francisco-based interior design firm Warren Sheets Design, to create an organic continuity from the hotel's environment to the spaces within, realizing the 'hotel on a park' concept in a multitude of spectacular and unexpected ways.

"On a broader scope, I was looking at how important outdoor life is to Austinites and to the state itself," said Sheets. "Because the hotel is on a park, I brought the park into the hotel. All the interior elements down to the smallest details weave a cohesive narrative that honors this beautiful city and will serve to welcome guests with trademark hospitality." Upon entering, guests are greeted by two 24 feet high by 26 feet wide towering Heritage Oak trees which flank the reception desk; while the Park Lounge features a geometric, life-size topiary garden with majestically imposing tree, and moving lights aimed at the ceiling. Indigenous greenery and cultural references also appear throughout the hotel's interior.