List of world’s top 50 hotels includes an Austin landmark

The JW Marriott opened in February 2015. (Tom McCarthy Jr. photo / for American-Statesman)

The JW Marriott opened in February 2015. (Tom McCarthy Jr. photo / for American-Statesman)

Austin’s own JW Marriott has been named one of the top 50 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

The 1,012-room hotel, which opened in February 2015, ranks No. 42 on the magazine’s list. It’s currently the city’s largest hotel.

Only one other Texas hotel – San Antonio’s Hotel Emma – made the cut. It ranked 19th.

Conde Nast Traveler cites multiple reasons for including the JW Marriott on its list: “There’s its prime location, of course, just minutes from the Blanton Museum of Art, Lady Bird Lake, and several hundred music venues – but what’s inside is also worth mentioning. Guestrooms are spacious and well-appointed, with dark, elegant wood furniture and super-comfortable, ‘Revive’ beds; and the rooftop pool bar offers an Instagram-worthy view of the city.”

The JW Marriott, at East Second Street and Congress Avenue, was built by Indiana-based White Lodging, Austin’s largest hotel operator.

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