Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Surrounded by sprawling golf courses
There's no escaping the fact that you're at a golf resort from the moment you turn off the main road onto the driveway leading to the front entrance. Four golf courses dominate the surroundings, along with the gargantuan villas of Austin's elite on the neighboring hillsides. Golf carts pull into the resort's driveway as often as luxury cars, giving it the feel of a true golfers' haven.
Despite its size, the resort never feels overly crowded. The sprawling surrounding landscape, perhaps, keeps guests from feeling even remotely claustrophobic -- and throughout the property you'll find the occasional lounge seating, and even a fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs, to fully take in the view.
Inside, the resort stays true to its Austin locale. Everything feels large and stately (it is Texas, after all), but thoughtful designer touches maintain a warm-and-welcoming Austin style throughout (such as cowhide-upholstered ottomans, candelabra chandeliers, and an antique grandfather clock). More modern-style spaces exist though, too, like the huge up-to-date fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the indoor pool and the grounds, and the massive outdoor pool with sweeping views of the golf course below.
In the sprawls of Texas Hill Country, less than a half-hour drive to downtown Austin
It's easy to feel like you're really far from downtown Austin given your hilly surroundings dominated by golf courses and luxurious homes, but you'll find it's less than 30 minutes away to most everything in downtown Austin. Not to be confused with Barton Springs, Austin's famous swimming hole much closer to downtown, Barton Creek is a luxurious residential area to the west of the city's downtown core.
Spacious and nicely decorated with sweeping views of the surrounding hillside
Rooms provide a comfortable, at-home feel. They're decorated in a cozy, traditional southern style, with wood-floor entries and pretty patterned carpeting, handsome wood headboards with leather upholstery and nailhead trim, Western-themed (but not tacky) artwork, nicely coordinated linens and drapery, and lovely bathrooms with granite counter tops and turned-leg vanities. There's a daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi, though.
Golf courses galore, a gorgeous outdoor pool overlooking the hills, and full-service spa
Good food on the dining level just above the lobby, in the lobby bar, or in rooms
Be warned: Some guests complain of a 20 percent service charge automatically applied to dining tabs when charged to your room, as they feel it deters from the service when servers know they’re already getting a tip.
The 312-room Barton Creek Resort is sprawled across lovely grounds centered within three golf courses in the hills west of downtown Austin. You’ll find plenty to do on-site, including golf, tennis, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, a large fitness center, great shopping, and even family-friendly scavenger hunts -- but Austin’s downtown attractions are nearly a 30-minute drive away. Rooms are spacious and thoughtfully decorated with at-home touches, and each one comes complete with fabulous views of the surrounding areas, as well as large flat-screen TVs equipped with satellite cable channels and a gaming system -- though there's a daily fee for Wi-Fi.