We’ve known the Canopy by Hilton boutique hotel brand had a new location in the planning stages at 612 West Sixth Street since last summer, but until today, we didn’t have any idea what to expect from a hotel designed for such an active commercial and nightlife district — I mean, this site is literally sandwiched between two bars.
Now, it seems we have a slightly better idea of how it fits — the illustration above is the first I’ve seen of the building’s design, which comes to us courtesy of the architects at Lake Flato, who are also designing a Canopy by Hilton hotel location in San Antonio.
It appears from the picture that the hotel will be six stories tall, with an interior courtyard space that’s probably designed to insulate guests from as much barhopper noise as possible — talk about a never-ending battle. According to a press release, the hotel’s official name is Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown, and its grand opening is planned for January 2020. Here’s some other relevant info (emphasis mine):
The hotel will house 140 guestrooms, including five suites. Guests will be welcomed via an intimate lobby and a laidback open-air courtyard surrounded by natural materials and greenery. The bar and lounge concept Canopy Central will frame the courtyard and provide several seating options from sidewalk dining to cozy fireside enclaves. The pooldeck will serve as an elevated front porch, appointed with loungers and a bar pavilion. A fitness center will also be included onsite.
We’ve reached out to Lake Flato and developer Scenic Capital Advisors for more info, and will update this post once we hear back — I’d definitely like to know exactly what it takes to design a hotel in the heart of what might be the city’s second or third-rowdiest bar districts.