We came here for the first time on Fourth of July weekend completely spur of the moment. Since we usually stay at the Four Seasons in Austin, which we love, Travaasa was up against stiff competition. But they fared pretty well. First of all, the service couldn't have been nicer, friendlier or more helpful. They were incredibly accommodating throughout our stay. The property is expansive and the views over the canyon and out to Lake Travis are stunning. We arrived early so our rooms weren't ready yet, but we were encouraged to participate in the many activities at the spa right away. There are roughly 20 on the schedule each day, ranging from archery to cooking classes to yoga. We both had treatments scheduled for later in the day, which were truly outstanding. Our room was nice, with a decent sized balcony, but the bathroom had only one sink and all of the rooms at the resort only have queen beds (we were told that they'd be adding king beds soon). As for the facilities, as I said, their property is very large, spanning several acres, with two hiking trails of about a mile each, a spa building (under renovation), fitness center, restaurant and several other building on property, including a lovely temple where we attended a guided meditation. The infinity pool commanded a lovely view. The food was excellent and surprisingly reasonable (especially in light of other reviews on this site complaining that it was overpriced). Appetizers were generally priced in single digits and entrees started at just $18. For fresh farm-to-table cuisine this was as well-priced as it gets. The arugula from their own garden was particularly delicious, but everything was good except for the desserts. My chocolate date cake was too dense and my wife's strawberry panna cotta was tasteless. There were a few other glitches as well, preventing me from awarding five stars. For instance, the A/C in the fitness center was functioning properly on the first day, which made our workout a lot tougher on a 90 degree day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Austin Hill Country only 30 minutes from eclectic downtown Austin, Traavasa Austin is nestled into 210 acres of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve overlooking beautiful Lake Travis. Travaasa Austin boasts 70 guestrooms located within seven lodges interspersed along meandering paths allowing resort guests to soak in the natural habitat of the local Hill Country in a resort campus setting. The resort includes a movement studio, infinity pool, beautifully appointed restaurant and bar with outdoor patio and exhibition kitchen, a tranquil spa and gracious accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travaasa Austin Hotel Austin
- Travaasa Austin Texas