Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Luxury chain with celebrity cachet and a lakefront location
The Four Seasons Austin has long been the haunt of Austin’s elite, and Sheryl Crow, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Lance Armstrong have been spotted here eating lunch or enjoying some Austin-style pampering.
Movie stars and athletes aside, the Four Seasons caters to business travelers, as well as wealthy families, who may appreciate the decent-sized swimming pool.
The lobby is as elegant as you'd expect from a high-end chain, with sophisticated Southwestern-style decor: wood accents, a fireplace with a wrought iron screen, and unique artistic touches, like colorful glass sculptures and even a display of cowboy boots. The grounds also impress -- guests can expect an expanse of green lawn and peeks of the lake through the shady trees. Only the rooms, which feel a tad generic, fall short.
In the heart of the city’s business sector, right next to the Austin Convention Center and the placid Lady Bird Lake
Austin’s famous Lady Bird Lake makes for a peaceful backdrop, and you’ll find the more pleasant aspects of urban life in Austin literally at your doorstep. Noise is not as much of an issue here as with other properties fronting Austin city streets, as the Four Seasons is tucked away on a private driveway away from the main streets it fronts.
Comfortable and bright, with high-end amenities but slightly generic decor
The Four Seasons' rooms, though not especially chic or stylish, do feel clean and comfortable in a classic way -- if a tad generic. They come with all the luxury amenities you'd expect: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and high-end bath products.
Some of the rooms overlook Lady Bird Lake, though in rooms on the sixth floor or below views might be obstructed by trees and power lines.
Uber chic Trio is one of the city’s finest restaurants, and the haunt of local and visiting celebrities
The Four Seasons Austin is one of the city’s most beloved and well-known luxury properties, enjoying a prime downtown location and phenomenal lake views. The service and amenities are top-notch, as you’d expect from the Four Seasons. The rooms, however, do not deliver the level of luxury you'd expect from the brand; they're comfortable enough, and feature up-to-date technology, but the decor feels generic and a little dated.