Luxury meets Texas Charm at the Four Seasons Austin
With an easy-going mix of down home Texas charm, live music on every corner and one of the hottest food scenes in the country its no surprise that Austin has quickly become one of my favorite cities. When a tech conference brought Steve and I to Austin over our fifteenth wedding anniversary I know I wanted to celebrate in style. What better place to treat myself and the hubby than the Four Seasons Austin?
Entering the lobby the understated elegance of the Four Seasons was immediately evident with the decor giving a nod to the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Plush seating throughout was welcoming (and later proved to be an excellent place to enjoy a night cap) with my favorite being the cowhide sofa. Usually a cowhide sofa screams cowboy kitsch but at the Four Seasons it totally worked, adding a bit of Austin quirk to the inviting lobby.
I had a city view room with views of San Jacinto Boulevard leading downtown. The spacious bathroom featured L’Occitane toiletries but really the best part of any Four Seasons room is the bed. I’m pretty sure there is a divine hand involved because sleeping in a Four Seasons bed is the closest thing to heaven on earth. The supremely comfortable down bedding offered up one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had on the road. Austin is a town that takes its brunch seriously and the Four Seasons’ restaurant Trio offers one of the most decadent brunches in the city. I enjoyed a leisurely Sunday enjoying the extensive buffet that includes smoked Texas ribeye, crab claws and caviar but my favorite had to have been the lobster poblano crepe made by the skillful hands of chef Norma. A splendid dessert display caught my eye all morning and when I finally dug into my bourbon pecan tartlet and pistachio panna cotta I was glad I saved room. Oh, did I mention the endless mimosas?
With splendid weather year round Austin is a city that lives outside. The Four Seasons takes advantage of its stunning location on Lady Bird Lake with its back lawn where you can take a dip in the pool or kick back with a glass of wine. The Four Seasons really has the best location in the city; in minutes you can walk to the Texas State Capitol, explore the boutiques along 2nd Avenue, check out the live music scenes on 6th or Rainey streets, or head across the water for the “Keep Austin weird” of South Congress Avenue. Sadly the spa was under renovation so I was unable to check out was is regarded as one of the top spas in the city.
As if I needed another reason to love the Four Seasons Austin it is the only Zero Waste hotel in the state of Texas. It’s this commitment to sustainability coupled with stellar service and understated luxury that makes the Four Seasons Austin a top choice in the Texas capital.