New and Renovated: Austin Exploration and Sunny Shores

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Thompson Austin

One of the meeting spaces in Thompson Austin. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and simple tables and chairs

Newly opened Thompson Austin is tailored to the needs of meetings and events professionals. It offers luxury accommodations in 212 guest rooms and 17 residences in the middle of Austin’s downtown entertainment district.

Thompson Austin has more than 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space between one ballroom, four boardrooms and a fourth-floor restaurant. The indoor venues each have spacious 20-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows showing off downtown Austin. Sleek dark tones maintain the fresh, modern feeling throughout the hotel.

The property boasts the latest in guest amenities. The full-floor fitness center is complemented by a virtual sports simulator. A skyline pool and private cabanas are served by Wax Myrtle’s, an all-day restaurant and bar. Downstairs, The Coffee Bar hosts community worktables for locals and guests. The Diner Bar and The Grey Market riff on traditional Southern dining experiences with a full-service restaurant and lunch counter.

Austin Convention Center is only a three-minute walk away from Thompson Austin. Blues and R&B-focused Antone’s Nightclub is on the way with plenty of bars and entertainment spots within a few blocks. You and your attendees will have a hard time feeling bored in downtown Austin.

Origin Austin

A render of the lobby of Origin Austin. A neon sign reads "Origin" above a flyer shelf. A yellow sectional with padded armchairs is off to the side

Opened at the end of June, Origin Austin is just one of four new properties under the Origin Hotels brand. The Mueller neighborhood, north of downtown is now home to the five-story hotel with 120 guest rooms and suites. Its location and services cater towards small groups and families looking for local charm.

With 799 sq. ft. of event space, Origin Austin’s Flight Room can accommodate up to 49 guests for small to mid-sized meetings. For more casual affairs, the hotel’s dog-friendly restaurant Blue Lacy can handle 121 guests with more than 1,800 sq. ft. of space. It combines remixed comfort food with a chic mid-century modern indoor and outdoor seating.

Origin Austin offers unique amenities for a variety of guests. In addition to a fitness center, guests can have prAna yoga mats and Peloton bikes delivered to their rooms. Travelers with pets can purchase Origin’s Pup Package. Families with young children can use the Kids’ Adventure Kit to turn the hotel room floor into an indoor camping experience.

Upcoming properties to Origin Hotels’ lineup include 91-room Origin Baton Rouge near Louisiana State University coming spring 2023; 123-room Origin Atlanta close to Georgia State University in summer 2023; and 118-room Origin Kansas City on the Missouri River in winter 2023. Each will incorporate elements of local culture and history and are managed by Charlestowne Hotels with Thrash Group.

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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

The Premier Presidential Suite at Casa de Campo. Tan and cream furniture is accented with teal decorations

The first resort in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas announced an exclusive Premier Club coming this December. It will offer guests 58 new suites with enhanced amenities, including 53 Premier Junior suites, four Premier suites and one multi-bedroom Premier Presidential Suite.

Premier Club guests have access to the Club Lounge Bar after privately checking into the Premier Club Lounge. They can hop into a private golf cart, ask for room service from their own concierge service or order from a customized aromatherapy menu. Suites are outfitted with ocean views from private balconies, 55 or 65-inch smart TVs with international cable and streaming channels, full-sized wet bars and gourmet coffee and tea. Guests can choose between suites with two king beds, two double beds or one king bed.

When it comes to large families, dignitaries or high-profile guests with security, the Premier Presidential Suite has the room and amenities to accommodate. The three-bedroom apartment has a private office area, a full kitchen with a staff entrance, a living room and the option to add a second floor. The suite has room for in-room gatherings of up to 20 people.

Casa de Campo has a total of 24,500 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space across two conference centers, banquet and reception areas, outdoor gathering space and more. The resort offers an array of activities from sports to shopping to spas.

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Hotel Per La

A patio room at Hotel Per La. A floral couch is to the left of a sliding door leading to a patio

Lifestyle property Hotel Per La in Los Angeles started a soft opening early this July. With its grand opening in September, all 241 guest rooms and 10,000 sq. ft. of event space will be open to the public for reservations. With venues like The Orpheum Theatre, The Regent and Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hotel Per La is positioned for an event full of unique experiences.

The hotel finds its home in the downtown Giannini Building, once the site of the Bank of Italy. The 12-story building was built in 1922 and hosted NoMad Hotel before its repositioning. Hotel Per La takes inspiration from the building’s Italian roots in its décor and color palettes.

A rooftop bar and pool space with a view of the Los Angeles skyline is available for guests staying in the summer. A restaurant and café on the ground floor will launch with the grand opening in September and will include community-driven food and beverage concepts.

Between the Historic Core, Fashion District and Little Tokyo, Hotel Per La offers guests a walkable Los Angeles experience. In addition to the upcoming hotel restaurant, a wide variety of restaurants are within a few blocks of the property. Plenty of clothing boutiques, museums and theaters are also close at hand.

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