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“Beware of Lake Austin Spa”

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Lake Austin Spa Resort
Ranked #59 of 202 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Houston, Texas
Reviewed September 12, 2004

Please take note...Lake Austin Spa is a beautiful, quaint and quiet place to go for pampering and relaxation. However, for the price it is neither outstanding nor extaordinaryl.

Also because they have a mandatory three night minimum and rooms are billed per person, you actually have very little price flexibility in building a suitable package. Even for double occupancy, you are billed PER PERSON for the room (that means billed twice for the same room and the total was over $3,000).

The Spa itself is lovely, but a spa is a spa is a spa....if you can't stay away, then you do better staying somewhere else and going for the day...you get the same "extraordinary" service!

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A TripAdvisor Member
Houston, TX
Reviewed May 10, 2004

I agree with the other reviewer. The setting was nice, and the food was very, very good, but it was not what you'd expect for the price. The facilities, and guest rooms seemed outdated, and small (including the weight and exercise rooms). And, it was difficult to get into classes at more popular times. In fact, we signed up for a yoga class the night before, but were unable to get in. The service was not bad, but not what you'd get at a similarly priced hotel, or resort. I did enjoy the spa treatments, but if I returned, I would return for the treatments and stay somewhere else. Don't get me wrong -- we had a very relaxing weekend here, and enjoyed ourselves. It's just too expensive for what it is.

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Reviewed May 3, 2004

My wife and I recently visited the Lake Austin Spa Resort. It is a beautiful spa with top notch facilities including the newly-opened Lake House Spa. The facilities and setting are really the star attractions. The spa treatments are fine but nothing out of the ordinary for a spa of this type and the staff, both at the spa and throughout the resort,did not impress us. For the prices they charge, we expect seamless, sophisticated service, not college kids and flaky locals. The food and accomodations were very good and the setting borders on the spectacular. Guests not familiar with Austin should know however that Lake Austin, while technically a lake because it is dammed at each end, is really a stretch of the Colorado River and looks like a river rather than what most people would think of as a lake. In the late fall, winter, and early spring this stretch of the lake is generally quiet but during the warmer months (May-September) the lake is very popular with motor boaters and water skiiers and the noise that accompanies them. The lake is also lowered for several weeks during the winter (mid-January-February) in an attempt to kill some of the hydrilla weeds that have been an increasing problem so the property is not nearly as appealing during this time. Overall, the resort has a lot going for it but I don't think it merits the accolades it seems to have received in the travel magazines (they must have a good PR company) and certainly doesn't merit the exorbitant rates. I'd like to see the resort offer some reasonably discounted packages or deals but perhaps they don't feel the need to do so. Until then, we won't be back.

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Houston, TX
Reviewed July 21, 2003

I spent a week at Lake Austin Spa. It was wonderful. The Lake was beautiful and you could use the canoes and water bycycles. The food was outstanding.

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Additional Information about Lake Austin Spa Resort

Address: 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732-6046
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Austin
Price Range: $785 - $1,447 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Austin Spa Resort was recently named the #1 Destination Spa in North America by Conde Nast Traveler! Hidden along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the resort offers all-inclusive packages with casually elegant accommodations, three gourmet meals daily, unlimited activities and spa services. The resort is truly an exquisite escape into natural beauty and personal discovery. ... more   less 
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