FrontRunners April 2015: Texas Three Step
Proving that everything is bigger in Texas, the new 34-story JW Marriott Austin (jwmarriottaustin.com) opened in February as the luxury brand’s largest North American hotel, towering over nearly an entire block of the capital city’s fast-growing downtown area. The 1,012-room property offers appropriately bold amenities, including a food truck–style restaurant and a sweeping rooftop pool terrace with views of Lady Bird Lake and the State Capitol. Nearby, in the bucolic Hill Country just west of the city, the Lake Austin Spa Resort (lakeaustin.com) has debuted 10 renovated garden suites. Completed in October, the new-look accommodations at the lakeside retreat feature 12-foot-high wooden ceilings, opulent fabrics, and custom-made furnishings. The Inn at Dos Brisas (dosbrisas.com)—a Relais & Châteaux resort set on a 313-acre ranch between Austin and Houston—will soon debut a new design of its own. In July, the property will begin renovations of its four casitas.