• Large, individually decorated rooms, some with a lake-view private balcony and jetted tub
  • Infinity-edge pool with waterfall and adjacent hot tub feature view of adjacent Lake Travis
  • Free hot breakfast and self-serve wine cabinet
  • Outdoor gas grill and indoor kitchenette area for guest use
  • Furnished outdoor terrace overlooks Lake Travis
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free outdoor parking
  • Eclectic charm of a quirky, owner-managed bed-and-breakfast
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  • Occasional lapse in cleanliness, and some old furniture
  • Car necessary for access and recommended for area travel
  • No restaurant
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Bottom Line

A pleasing mixture of Old World Spanish hacienda and Tuscan villa, this upscale bed-and-breakfast houses five slightly overstuffed rooms furnished with floor-sweeping drapes, embroidered tapestries, and bronze statuettes -- some of which could use a good dusting. Views of lake Travis lend the property its name, and vistas of the water from the small infinity-edge pool and hot tub are gorgeous. A substantial hot breakfast is included in the room charge. The inn sits on a cliff above the lake and while a popular restaurant is five minutes away on foot, a car is necessary to reach downtown Austin. Hotel Saint Cecilia is an upscale boutique alternative with a hipper, sexier vibe -- but prices are higher. 

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  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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La Villa Vista


Abundant knickknacks in a palatial, yet homey, hacienda-style villa

The yellow stucco exterior, dark wood framing, and terra-cotta tile roof of this large property bring to mind hacienda construction. The interior decor combines Southwestern and European-style touches, such as embroidered table runners and Queen Anne chairs. The resulting style mishmash creates a uniquely Texan ambience in a property that is particularly popular with couples seeking a romantic retreat. Sitting space abounds on the first floor, which is brimming with overstuffed couches and Impressionist reproductions. It opens up onto a back terrace, which affords sweeping views of the nearby lake and a peek onto the swimming pool nestled into the hillside.

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Overlooking Lake Travis in a semi-rural area dotted with residences

La Villa Vista sits perched over Lake Travis in a semi-rural area, just off a two-lane road that winds along the cliffs overlooking the waterfront, snaking between cypress trees and hills sparsely dotted with residential buildings and the occasional business. The hotel is a short walk from a popular local eatery, The Oasis, which serves Tex-Mex beside the lake, and though it's walkable, there is no sidewalk to speak of along the road. Austin and the Bergstrom Airport are both about a half-hour drive from the hotel.

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Five individually decorated rooms with a lot going on 

Fairly variable in amenities and size, the five rooms here offer an over-the-top aesthetic that can seem like too much for some. Decorative objects include blown-glass vases, faux embroidered tapestries, and a mixture of wood floor, tiling, carpeting, and hand-painted decorative molding. The smallest room, the Himalaya, consists simply of an elevated platform with a mattress, a sitting area below, and an adjacent, rather small, bathroom with a shower. The Milan Suite and Tuscany Suite feature large jetted tubs, and the Milan Suite also has a fully equipped kitchenette. Every room except for the Himalaya has lake views, and the Milan, Penthouse, and Tuscany Suites also have private outdoor space. All rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms have a mini-fridge. Overall, the rooms are well-maintained and clean but there's dust here and there. 

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Swimming pool with infinity edge, free breakfast, and free parking

La Villa Vista provides better than average features for a small bed-and-breakfast. There's no full restaurant, but staff serves a free hot breakfast every morning that consists of everything from eggs to pastries. Wine is provided in a self-serve fridge in the lobby. Outside, Doric columns support the shade trellis near the infinity-edge pool and hot tub. This area overlooks Lake Travis. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property and parking is free. 

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

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