Perched on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Seasons has long been regarded as one of Austin’s treasures. Recently, the cherished hotel got a $17 million makeover, and we have a peek at the unveiling.
The two-year, multi-phase enhancement has already revitalized the hotel’s spa and fitness center, entry, and meeting spaces; all guestrooms are expected to be complete in September. The goal for the redesign was a homey feel reminiscent of the Hill Country, with a firm Longhorn twist.
Designer Michael Dalton of Whitespace led the redesign, and his time at the University of Texas inspired more than a few touches in the decor. Geared toward the worldly traveler and the uncomplicated Texan, Dalton achieved the perfect balance of quiet elegance with just enough flair. Throughout the hotel, brass features, reflective mirrors, and airy colors are anchored by textured fabrics and lush furnishings, creating a clean and fresh atmosphere that feels upscale without being fussy.
Longtime guests of the Four Seasons have come to expect the brand's attention to detail, and with the integration of the latest technologies in each room — including Bluetooth-enabled Soundlink Minis, stylish Snooze white-noise machines, and bedside charging ports — Four Seasons Austin continues to surpass our expectations.
Guestrooms now have a welcoming sitting area for up to four people, featuring a sofa and nested furniture, as well as built-in etageres in the travertine-tiled entryway, which houses the snack bar, safe, and mini-bar. Oversized bedding and pillows accompany Four Season’s signature mattresses, making for a great night’s sleep.
The old heavy and ornate style gives way to a light color scheme featuring light blues and grays, inspired by the hotel’s lakeside backyard and sloping gardens. Each room got new artwork and watercolors inspired by Austin’s landscape, as well as custom millwork to add depth and interest.
The refreshing new design continues into the hotel’s three luxury suites, with nearly $1 million invested in these spaces alone. The Presidential Suite offers a classic yet modern design, a butler’s kitchen, a “jam pit” for creative sessions, and a full size dining room. The Congressional Suite focuses on indoor-outdoor living, with an almost 1,000-square-foot wraparound deck with double fire features and lounging for 11. On the seventh floor is the Governor’s Suite, with 180-degree views of Lady Bird Lake.
In the final phase of the remodel, Four Seasons Austin will remodel the Executive and Lake View suites and add six new City View Suites, which will face San Jacinto Boulevard. The new suites will boast over 740-square-feet of living space, high-end finishes like marble and bronze, and step-out balconies overlooking Austin.
The main lobby will also be revamped in the coming months, but the lobby lounge and restaurant Trio continue with their regular services.