Imagine a relaxing oasis mere steps from the frenzied verve of downtown’s Convention Center and entertainment district. The Four Seasons Austin may seem something of a contradiction, neatly rising from the shore of Lake Lady Bird with an understated exterior. However, lingering inside is a cocoon of warmth and elegance, a welcoming sort of lodge that invites you to settle in for the duration. Positively posh, this member of the prestigious Four Seasons family offers breathtaking water views providing a tranquil escape in the city. The grounds also include a hammock-filled garden, a seductive spa offering Hill Country-inspired treatments, a Lobby Bar with signature cocktails, and the unforgettable restaurant, Trio, serving locally derived cuisine and more than 60 glasses of wine by the glass. The Sunday brunch also attracts a crowd from miles around.

98 San Jacinto Blvd.
512-478-4500
www.fourseasons.com/austin

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