Published on : Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Expected to finish in September 2017, the renovation of all 291 guest rooms and suites is only the latest part of a two-year, multi-phase enhancement that’s already revitalised the Hotel’s Spa and Fitness Center, porte cochere entry and meeting spaces at Four Seasons Hotel Austin.
“These improvements represent quite a transformation and will only further distinguish the Hotel as the truly special destination it is,” says General Manager Rob Hagelberg.
A Residential Redesign
Led by Michael Dalton, principal of Whitespace Interiors and a University of Texas alumnus, the rooms redesign draws its inspiration from the lakefront estates perched along the shores of nearby Lake Austin and Lake Travis. With manicured lawns that slope to the water below – not unlike the tranquil setting of Four Seasons Hotel Austin on Lady Bird Lake – the homes evoke an easy elegance that’s mirrored in the new rooms through calming, neutral tones and inviting décor.
Soothing blues and grays, borrowed from brushstrokes found throughout the Hill Country and in the Hotel’s lakeside backyard, mingle tastefully with rich wood and subtle metallic accents, creating a restful ambiance that blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The addition of crown molding and custom millwork provides character and depth while drawing attention to each room’s new artwork, including detailed pencil sketches and an Austin-inspired landscape.
Eschewing heavy, ornate furnishings and gimmicky décor, Dalton maximised space with sophisticated low-profile pieces, from a custom-built étagère in the travertine-tiled entryway – home to the snack bar, safe, refrigerated mini-bar and liquor cabinet – to built-in shelves, cabinets and a multi-functional workstation along one wall. A sitting area for up to four people gives the room a welcoming vibe courtesy of a crescent-shaped sofa and nested furniture that can be discreetly tucked away when not in use.
Long-time guests will also note several new technological upgrades designed to improve functionality and comfort. For example, stylish Snooze white noise machines – purchased from a Kickstarter campaign – grace the bedside table, where guests can also find integrated outlets and strategically placed charging ports for their many devices. Bluetooth-enabled Soundlink Minis in each room allow guests to listen to music from their own device projected through a high-quality Bose speaker.
Stunning New Suites
The neutral colour palette and design aesthetic in the guest rooms continues into the Hotel’s suites, where the Four Seasons experience is elevated even further with custom furnishings and high-end finishes, not to mention the luxury of ample space.