South by Southwest 2004 will have a new host hotel next year as conference executives have selected the new Hilton Austin Convention Center.
Scheduled to open January 2004, the property is directly across Fourth Street from SXSW daytime activities at the Austin Convention Center and one block from Sixth Street nightclubs. The Hilton will be the most convenient accommodations available. All rooms will offer high speed Internet access, over-sized work desks, dual-line phones, mini-bars, and a mass of other features. The 16,000 square foot Fitness Complex will feature a 48-foot lap pool, sauna, steam room, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. There will be four restaurants and bars onsite. –edited by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner