by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2004

The Hilton Austin

Step right up:
The lobby bar entrance
at the Hilton Austin

The much-anticipated 800-room Hilton Austin opened last December across the street from the Austin Convention Center. The hotel features warm colors, and meeting rooms are flooded with natural light. Two restaurants are adjacent to the convention center, and the property offers 60,000 square feet of its own event space.
    The 40-cottage Lake Austin Spa Resort just opened outside of Austin. The ultimate in incentive luxury, the property’s new 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa offers a 30-seat meeting room. The facility has 30 treatment areas (including private garden courtyards), and a spa menu featuring delights such as a Bali Spice rub.