Four Seasons Hotel Austin Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Parents won't have to worry about their kids getting bored at the Four Seasons Austin. The brand is known for its gorgeous, comprehensive kids program, which includes a welcome gift, free baby toiletries, children's menu in the restaurant and room service, toys, books, babysitting services, and cribs and rollaway beds at no extra charge. Plus, children under 18 can stay for free in the same room as their parents. However, grown-ups will not have a bad time either: 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.
Barton Creek Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 312-room Barton Creek Resort is sprawled across lovely grounds centered within three golf courses in the hills west of downtown Austin. Kids and parents will find plenty to do on-site, including golf, tennis, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, 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.
The Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upper-middle-range chain is popular with business travelers and families, and is located in Southpark, a 5-minute drive south of downtown. The property is a bit dated, and not much is within walking distance, but rooms are clean, with comfortable beds, there's easy highway access, and the big indoor/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are pluses. The hotel's solid kids program includes a welcome gift and cookies and milk on the first night, plus they can borrow books, games and toys to use during their stay.