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MERRILLVILLE, IN (March 13, 2019) – White Lodging has named Thomas Hoffmann the dual general manager at The Otis Hotel and AC Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Hoffmann brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience, and his distinguished career has encompassed roles in six countries and three continents. Most recently, he served as opening general manager of the first Autograph Collection hotel in Alabama, the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook in Birmingham.

“My goal in this role is will be to establish The Otis Hotel and AC Hotel as the most unique, exciting and highly successful properties in the Austin market,” said Hoffmann. “I strive to have fun while building a strong team to support the ongoing success and growth of White Lodging in Austin and across its portfolio.”

While at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, the hotel earned the 2017 Autograph Collection North America Hotel of the Year award. The hotel also achieved one of the highest guest satisfaction scores across U.S. Autograph Collection in its first year of operation. 

Hoffmann holds a degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics with specialization in Hotel Management from the University of Hannover, Germany. He served on the board of directors of the Alabama Hotel and Restaurant Association and was a member of the Implementation Committee for the city of Birmingham’s Tourism Master Plan.  

The Otis Hotel is Austin's first-ever Autograph Collection hotel. The Otis Hotel’s overall experience and design are inspired by Austin’s very own artists, the city’s world-famous music culture, and the neighboring University of Texas Longhorn Legacy.

Natural elements will be incorporated into the design, including copper and its restorative benefits. Each of the guestrooms will feature unique touches, such as in-room record players allowing guests to select classic LPs from the hotel’s carefully curated vinyl library. Guests of The Otis Hotel will also have exclusive access to Otopia, a 4,000 square-foot rooftop deck, complete with an outdoor pool, cabanas, a bar and expansive terrace with views of the downtown skyline and the university campus.

“Art and music come together throughout The Otis Hotel’s design and culminate with the vast vinyl library, classic in-room record players, and above all, the expansive rooftop space – where sunsets, sunrises and the skyline create a natural canvas unlike anywhere else in Austin,” Hoffman noted.

Founded in 1998 as a vision of Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels by Marriott was created with the belief that each aspect of the hotel experience should have a thoughtful response to “why?” AC Hotels edits away the unnecessary to remove friction, allowing guests to focus on what’s important to them. Inspired by classic European design, the brand is perfectly suited for the entrepreneurial traveler, featuring simple, clean and crisp lines that create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity. 

Locals and guests alike will have access to several new dining and drink locations. This includes two full-service restaurants, including Acre 41 and Austin’s second Burger Bar location. AC Hotel Austin will offer guests the brand’s European-inspired breakfast concept at AC Kitchen and signature cocktails and tapas at AC Lounge, a unique bar on the second floor with outdoor seating.

Check out more about The Otis Hotel here: https://otishotel.com/


The Otis Hotel and AC Hotel Austin
Located along the southwest edge of University of Texas at Austin’s campus, the two hotels will set a new standard of Texan hospitality and bring 7,100  square feet of meeting space and 347 rooms to the city; 191 rooms, including 29 suites at The Otis Hotel; and 156 rooms, including two suites at AC Hotel Austin. Both hotels are set to open in early 2020 and bring White Lodging’s portfolio to 13 hotels and 12 restaurant and bar concepts in Austin. White Lodging is also currently building the new 613-room Marriott downtown at the Convention Center.

About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at over 150 hotels in over 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. 

About AC Hotels by Marriott

AC Hotels by Marriott®, a lifestyle brand that celebrates a new way to hotel complemented by a European soul and Spanish roots, boasts more than 130 design-led hotels in 15 countries and territories. Design-driven AC Hotels by Marriott® edit away the unnecessary to remove friction, providing thoughtfully designed moments of beauty, allowing guests to focus on what’s important to them. The properties modern design for modern business include buzzing AC Lounges, the perfect place for locals or visitors to get work done in style or to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and tapas.  High-design guest rooms and public spaces with sleek furnishings and intuitive technology features such as the Media Salons and AC Libraries inspire and connect. AC Hotels by Marriott® is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, visit ac-hotels.com. For more information, visit http://achotels.marriott.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About White Lodging

White Lodging, established in 1985, is one of the leading ownership, development, and management companies in America. An innovative trendsetter, the organization’s portfolio includes convention, urban lifestyle, and suburban select  hotels with more than $1 billion in managed revenue. White Lodging operates more than 90-premium hotels, 30 restaurants and 30 brands in 20 states. Success knows no boundaries at White Lodging, where associates and leadership have consistently earned superior guest satisfaction scores, top market share and industry-leading profit margins while recruiting the best, brightest, and most passionate professionals in every discipline for three decades. White Lodging is a proud winner of the 2018 Gallup Great Workplace Award. For more information about White Lodging, visit www.whitelodging.com, or connect on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

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