The City of Irving announced today the new Convention Center at Las Colinas’ headquarters hotel will carry the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand. The proposed 12-story Irving Convention Center Hotel will provide approximately 350 rooms and 16,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. Additionally, the upscale hotel will provide amenities including retail and restaurant facilities.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., the corporation that owns Westin Hotels & Resorts, is a global high-end hotel corporation that has more than 1,200 properties across 100 countries. Starwood will not franchise the hotel, but instead will operate the hotel directly.
“Starwood is a tremendous asset for this unique property,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman. “The combination of the hotel, the Irving Convention Center and the Irving Music Factory will create a distinctively walkable, beautiful, and easily accessible meeting and entertainment environment like few others.”
The hotel will serve a much-needed purpose for the copper-clad Irving Convention Center, which opened in 2011. In 2014, the ICC hosted nearly 300 events, welcoming just more than 285,000 attendees.
”Current clients and prospective ones have been patiently awaiting a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Irving Convention Center, in order to bring their bigger events into Irving,” said Maura Allen Gast, executive director of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. “News of Westin as the flag and Starwood as its operator will be well received by the marketplace.”
Garfield Public/Private LLC will develop the hotel and BOKA Powell is the architect. Austin Commercial will be the design-build contractor.
“Garfield Public/Private is excited to have secured the commitment of Starwood Hotels and its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand to the Irving Convention Center headquarters hotel. Starwood’s leadership in convention center hotel operations, marketing and sales will contribute greatly to the success of the iconic Irving Convention Center. As an industry-leading, first class brand, Westin will ensure a great experience for convention, business, and leisure travelers at this 350-room upper-upscale hotel,” said Greg Garfield, President of Garfield Public/Private LLC.
The Westin hotel’s architecture will complement the Irving Convention Center, a structure that has won numerous awards for its architectural uniqueness.
“We have dynamic partners in this effort,” said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. “They will bring quality, energy and additional retail to this highly accessible and vibrant area.”
The city plans to build a second parking garage to accommodate hotel and convention center business. The project is slated to break ground in 2016.