by Matt Alderton | May 16, 2019
The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, has just unveiled a $150 million transformation that was so big and so significant, the property had to close its doors for nearly a year for the work to unfold.

If you ask the hotel company, the wait was worth it. "The evolution of Omni Barton Creek is our most highly anticipated project to debut in 2019, and it's an unprecedented investment in our resort collection," Omni Hotels & Resorts President Peter Strebel said last summer, when the project reached its topping-off milestone. "Upon completion, Omni Barton Creek will be a mecca for relaxation, golf, culinary, and meeting and event experiences."

Although it opened way back in 1987, the 32-year-old resort feels brand-new thanks to the addition of a new hotel tower, whose 180 guest rooms and suites bring the resort's total accommodations to 493. Featuring expansive views of Texas Hill Country, the tower was designed to feel like a luxurious Hill Country home with a wraparound porch, a fireplace and a casual bar lounge. There's also a new multi-tiered pool deck with an infinity pool, several hot tubs and private cabanas.

The resort's existing guest rooms were remodeled, as was its meeting and event space, which now totals 76,192 square feet thanks to the addition of a new conference center that includes a new outdoor event pavilion, a grand ballroom, six meeting rooms and additional prefunction space.

Guests also have new places to eat, relax and play: The resort has introduced seven new dining venues; a new, 13,000-square-foot spa with an adults-only pool; an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool and group exercise classes; and a new championship tennis center with 10 lighted courts.

Even the resort's golf courses feel fresh thanks to a multi-year improvement project that's currently underway, encompassing the Fazio Foothills, Coore Crenshaw Cliffside and Fazio Canyons courses; the first two completed renovations in 2018, while the third will unveil its updates this fall.

Concluded Strebel, "We are looking forward to welcoming our guests and meeting planners to our new home in the Hill Country."