FrontRunners April 2015: Texas Three Step

Proving that everything is bigger in Texas, the new 34-story JW Marriott Austin ( 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 […]

Four Seasons Hotel, Austin

The decor in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s lobby pairs replicas of battle-worn Republic of Texas flags with a cast-iron chandelier dripping with New Age quartz crystals. And while its facade, facing Texas’ state capitol building, is all business, the Four Seasons masquerades as a resort outside the back door, which borders the quiet waters […]

Ultimate City Escapes: Gone Batty

Weird does not typically top the list of attributes one seeks in an urban hotel–unless, of course, one is heading to the capital of Texas. Here, oddity is not merely accepted, it is embraced enthusiastically. With a dichotomy of residents that ranges from artists to techies, vegans to cattle ranchers, and liberal academics to conservative […]