From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Enclosed by forested hills in McKinney Roughs Nature Park, this 492-room newcomer is a refreshingly remote adventure getaway 20 minutes from downtown Austin. The hotel's exterior is reminiscent of a nineteenth-century Texas farmhouse, with deep front porches and balconies, but the interior departs from this idiom, with a glass-walled lobby and dual fireplaces framing the view of a tidied-up Colorado River. While the service is excellent and the spacious rooms are tastefully done, the focus here is on the exhaustive array of activities: three pools (one with a kids' water slide and crooked river), 16 miles of hiking trails, on-site horseback riding, kayaking, tennis, and a golf course just steps from the lobby. The Spa Django integrates music into its body treatments, and off the lobby there's a faux country store from which you can buy snacks to stock your in-room fridge.2007 Hot List
When to go: April through June, when wildflowers are in bloom.
Which room to book: Ask for No. 2909 or 2911, which are far from the lobby and have unobstructed views of the pond, the river, and the forest.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›