AT&T Hotel and Conference Center adds 30,000 square feet of new meeting and event space

The expansion design was led by New York-based Ennead Architects and Jacobs, headquartered in Dallas.
The pre-function space features a mural created by José Parlá. Photo credit: Paul Bardagjy

In downtown Austin, the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center’s 30,000-square-foot expansion is now open. The new addition includes the 15,000-square-foot Zlotnik Family Ballroom, 5,000 square feet of pre-function space, and an additional 10,000 square feet divided among a banquet kitchen and nine meeting rooms.

The addition brings the total event space at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to 80,000 square feet of space, which includes 53 meeting rooms. In total, the space can accommodate up to 1,600 people.

The new addition is also part of Robert B. Rowling Hall, the new home to The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business graduate programs.

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As part of the expansion, the property worked with Landmarks, commissioning a 4,000-square-foot mural from the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. The mural, which is located in the Zlotnik Family Ballroom’s pre-function space, was created by José Parlá, the Brooklyn-based artist known for his paintings, sculpture, photography and architectural collaborations. 

The expansion design was overseen by New York-based Ennead Architects and Dallas-based Jacobs Architects.. The five-story space has plenty of natural light, and each floor has its own unique layout and outdoor green space, including terraces and lawn areas. From the building, visitors can see panoramic views of downtown Austin and The University of Texas campus.

The 297-guestroom AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is owned by The University of Texas and is located at the south entrance of campus. The property has access to more than 500 additional guestrooms through a collaborative partnership with surrounding hotels, known as the Innovation District.