A waterfront gem in downtown Austin

263 Rooms / 28 Suites

Since opening in 1986, Four Seasons Hotel Austin has maintained its reputation for elegance and top-notch hospitality. Situated along Lady Bird Lake, just a stone’s throw from the Congress Avenue Bridge, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel has the benefit of peaceful privacy from its tucked-away spot in lively downtown Austin.

The property’s central yet secluded locale has attracted guests traveling both for business and pleasure, and made it a favorite of visiting musicians and celebrities.

The hotel is undergoing a massive renovation, which will be completed in the fall of 2017, enhancing the current 291 guest rooms and adding three more (plus five new suites).

Our Inspector’s Highlights

• The hotel’s brand-new facade allows more sunlight into guest rooms, while the entryway has been refreshed with the addition of limestone columns, a modern chandelier and steel-glass doorways.

• The 1,750-square-foot fitness center has been redesigned to incorporate natural elements, like a wall-length wooden oak tree mural, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that face the lush lake, opening to let air in.

• A recent renovation has also been completed on the 4,000-square-foot spa, incorporating water and nature-inspired art, warm lighting, a eucalyptus steam room and a pink Himalayan salt wall.

• The library-inspired Lobby Lounge beckons you to settle into an armchair with a cocktail and a book, often to the tune of live music.

• Acclaimed executive chef Elmar Prambs, who oversees the menu at the upscale Trio as well as the room service and banquet offerings, has helmed the kitchen since the luxury hotel opened.

Things to Know

• Set along the lush green banks of Lady Bird Lake, Four Seasons Hotel Austin looks out onto a beautiful waterfront vista, and the live oak shaded back lawn is often buzzing with yard games, live music and various food and wine-fueled dinners and events.

• The round saltwater pool can be heated in cooler months, and a poolside menu is available for food and drink.

• Be sure to book well in advance (and expect crowds throughout the city) during big music festivals like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, when the hotel is a popular option for visiting musicians and attendees.

The Rooms

• Newly renovated rooms feature classic, midcentury-modern design and airy shades of white, beige and taupe with navy and gold accents.

• The hotel features 28 luxury suites (but will have 33 after this summer’s renovation is complete), each with a panoramic view of Lady Bird Lake or the Austin city skyline.

• A linens package features customizable Stearns and Foster beds (plush, medium or firm) as well as Phoenix down pillows (soft, firm or hypoallergenic).

• Rooms come with Bose Bluetooth speakers, flat-screen Samsung televisions, white noise machines, classic alarm clocks and plenty of USB ports and outlets.

• Bathrooms feature gray marble top sinks, travertine shower tile, rain showerheads and L’Occitane bath products.

Nearby Attractions

• Right near the Austin hotel is the famed Congress Avenue Bridge, where 1.5 million bats emerge at dusk from roughly March through November.

• The historic South Congress District, known for its local boutiques and restaurants, is just a stroll up the street from the Congress Avenue Bridge.

• Inquire about the hotel’s bicycles, which are complimentary to reserve, and then cycle the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, which runs adjacent to the Four Seasons and Lady Bird Lake.

• The heart of downtown Austin, where you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants plus attractions like the historic Paramount Theatre and the Texas State Capitol, is a quick walk from the hotel.