W Austin announces longtime W brand veteran Joanna McCreary
Marriott International has appointed longtime W Hotels veteran Joanna McCreary to General Manager of W Austin. McCreary returns to her Austin roots where she served on the opening team as W Austin’s Director of Rooms.
Throughout her impressive tenure with the brand which spans 16 years across five W hotels in various management roles, she re-opened W New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina, opened W Atlanta Midtown in early 2008 and W Austin in late 2010. Her most recent role was Hotel Manager at the W Bellevue which received “Hotel Opening of the Year” in 2017 under her leadership. She also assisted with the openings of W Atlanta Buckhead, W Atlanta Downtown and W Fort Lauderdale along the way. During her six and a half years as Director of Rooms, McCreary thrived in establishing top tier service and achieving strong financial results for W Austin.
Reflective of her leadership dedication and passion for hospitality, McCreary was selected for former Starwood’s Leadership programs, Grow Global & the Executive Committee Development Program and is now part of Marriott’s Emerging Leader Program. She has earned a variety property level and city hospitality leadership awards including the CVB Big Apple Stars Award and was an Austin Hotel Association Finalist in 2014 and was a 2014 Nominee for Austin’s 40 under 40.
“I’m excited to be back at home in Austin after 16 months, I truly couldn’t stay away,” says McCreary. “This city has a unique spirit and as one of the top business and leisure travel destinations in the country, I can’t wait to lead the team at W Austin into what’s next for the hotel.”
Joanna McCreary’s love and interest in the hospitality industry has its roots in her international upbringing. Having grown up multiple countries overseas and since lived in a number of US cities, she was a natural fit to pursue a career in an industry all about travel, different people and cultures.
Located in the heart of the capital city, W Austin opened its doors in December 2010. Situated downtown in Austin’s 2nd Street District, the hotel and its attached restaurant, TRACE and the AWAY Spa are adjacent to ACL-LIVE at the Moody Theatre. It is also a part of Austin’s Block 21, a mixed-used city block made up of shops, restaurants and W Austin, making it the largest Silver LEED Certified building of its kind.
About W Austin
Located in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World, W Austin opened its doors in December 2010. Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city’s unique diversity, headlining the vibrant Second Street District of downtown, next door to the famed Austin City Limits music venue. Passionately committed to thinking green, the hotel is designed to support a sustainable future. Perfectly positioned windows with postcard views of the downtown skyline, W Austin is designed with the environment in mind while the hotel’s exterior plaza faces Lady Bird Lake and its prevailing winds, always staying cool with “Austin’s natural air conditioning.” Enjoy a meal at TRACE, where conscious cuisine is thoughtfully re-defined as locavorous gastronomy, bursting with an abundance of Central Texas flavors. Socialize in one of the Living Room’s four spaces, relax at AWAY Spa, keep fit at FIT or take the plunge at WET pool, W Austin’s Whatever/Whenever service makes all wishes come true. www.whotelaustin.com
About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations.