Our company had a sales meeting here. We filled the Forum Amphitheater with people from around the world. It was nice to meet work associates in person that we normally only talk to on the phone. The resort facilities were well matched to our needs, and from a personal perspective it was a nice place to visit. It would be nice to come back some day, but for a resort/spa vacation and not a multi-day business meeting.
The resort is about a 25 minute drive from the Austin airport. It's out in the hill country formally outside of the city limits (and a long drive from the downtown music scene). I think that was a good thing for our group; it kept us focused on our meetings.
I arrived close to midnight the evening before our meetings. The resort had a bus waiting for us at the airport hotel shuttle stand. That worked out fine. When I checked in, I was pleased to hear that I was "upgraded" to a villa room. This was sort of good, but the bad part was the villa was about a mile away and I had to load backup onto the shuttle bus and get a ride to my villa. The nice driver thanked me for not trying to walk to the villa, the roads were dark and the walk had lots of turns (he was afraid I'd get lost!).
My room was enormous. 2 queen beds, flat-screen TV, mini bar, and a balcony view of the golf course. The bathroom was bigger than the bedroom with all the fancy extras that you'd expect to find in a posh master bath. The walk-in closet was bigger than any of my closets at home. This was all OK, but there really wasn't a good work-space -- this annoyed me a little. Also, the room was stuffy -- there was no thermostat (that I could find) in the room. At night I opened the door to the balcony to get some air. This wasn't bad, it just wasn't setup for business travelers.
I arranged to have a courtesy van take me back to the main ground for my meetings in the morning; our friendly driver was on time. The hotel did a great job catering our breakfast, breaks, lunch and after-meeting events. This worked really well. Our WIFI and mobile phone reception was good. The hotel staff was eager to please.
I am a golf player and fan. This is a beautiful golf resort. Too bad I didn't get a chance to play. The main building had lots of pictures of famous golfers, celebrities and presidents who have played golf here. At my local indoor golf simulator (Bogies Indoor Golf), I played the Barton Creek's Fazio Canyons course. Someday I'll be back to Barton Creek to play the course for real.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like the stunning Hill Country that embraces our luxury resort hotel, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is revered for its distinctive blend of peaceful beauty and gracious warmth. From the very moment you arrive, the natural ambiance of the landscape and our welcoming staff will invite you to unwind and immerse yourself in a unique collection of desirable amenities.Framed within 4,000 secluded acres of rolling hills of Austin, Texas, you’ll be pleased to discover our full-service Three Springs Spa, four spectacular championship golf courses, award-winning conference and meeting facilities, four extraordinary dining options, numerous recreational activities and so much more. ... more less
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