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 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 ( 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 (—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.  

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