Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Eleven massage options at the Three Springs Spa
- Two pools and eleven tennis courts to amuse
- Four golf courses—foothills, canyons, cliffside, and lakeside
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What To Know
- The resort is large; ask for rooms near the elevators if mobility is a concern
- Odd numbered rooms face the pool and golf course, even numbers look towards Hill Country
- Valet Parking is $25 daily
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sleep in a villa, a suite, or a room? Golf near a cliff, a lake, a canyon, or in the celebrated foothills around Austin? The possibilities are endless at this 309-room resort in the Texas Hill Country. Guests can also choose from the likes of a Mimosa champagne sugar scrub or a chocolate truffle body wrap in the Three Springs Spa; play tennis on eleven courses; or dine on Prime beef sliders at the Hill Country Steakhouse or Southwestern Shrimp Scampi at 8212 Wine Bar & Grill. And if the choices get too overwhelming, guests can escape to Austin, which is only 20 minutes away, for a whole new set of possibilities.
In the Area
Austin is famous for its arts festivals, most notably the SXSW music and film conference. It’s also set amidst 32,000 square miles of Hill Country, perfect for hiking. In town, there’s Barton Springs in Zilker Park, for old school picnicking and swimming. The city isn’t just the cultural capital of Texas, it’s also its political center, and home to the Texas Governor’s Mansion museum, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and of course, the Texas State Capitol.
How to Get There
Spent 2 days ( May 16 and 17) for a relaxing get away. For the price, there were several issues with our stay. The "restaurant" near the pool didn't open until 11 am and they didn't really open until about 11:20 because the staff were still in training. Selection very limited...Mainly appetizers. The indoor lap pool by the fitness center was dirty and the tile looked liked it hadn't been washed in months. The room was nice however it took forever for the hot water to come on and then it was tepid at best. The only other dinner option was for Bob's Steak and Chop. We were not aware that the other restaurant was not open. It was delicious...but they had only been open for 4 days and were somewhat short staffed. Our server was still learning the menu etc.. The front desk staff were pleasant but not helpful when questions were asked about the resort etc. Bottom line, everyone was new...hammering was going on throughout our stay and for the price, we will not return. The resort should not have opened until it was ready for prime time.....
Front desk is unhelpful. When I checked in at 1am, there was no valet, so they directed me to self parking. The parking deck is pretty far from the hotel and up a big hill, which was fun to navigate in the dark with a suitcase. They could have told me to leave my bag before parking.
Outlets in the room are hard to find (they’re in the nightstand on the sides) and tended to come unplugged, as they were literally in contact with the mattress. No Do Not Disturb sign was provided, so housekeeping woke me up at 8 am and continued talking loudly right outside my door for 15 minutes after I told them I didn’t need my room made up. Shower had very little hot water the second morning. The sheets were inadequate - they use a top sheet instead of a fitted sheet and it ended up just sliding right off the mattress.
The hotel is very much still under construction - I fell asleep and woke up to hammering both nights. Called the front desk and they told me they were sending “loss prevention” to ask them to “quiet the hammering.”
It does have a lovely view, but all of the doors to the resort are locked from the inside, so if you go outside, be prepared to walk a long way (and maybe through the kitchen of the restaurant) to get back inside. Maybe this will be a decent place when construction is complete, but they really shouldn’t be open for guests yet.
This was a great hotel forty years ago. Now it is a bit long in the tooth — partial renovation has some rooms updated. Sort of. New tile in the bathroom is nice but it leaves you with a dated floor plan — some things do not work well, like bath towels on a rack twelve feet from the shower. The general ambiance is like the hotel from The Shining — wide hallways in dated carpet with no one in sight. Looks like a nice golf course but I do not play golf. And it is the little things — like a plug in the bathroom that did not work with my phone charger.
This review is specifically for the spa at Omni Barton Creek. Priscilla is awesome! As a sufferer of adult acne and scarring, she recommended a facial tailored to my specific concerns. She is also extremely personable and easy to talk to making your spa experience a relaxing one. She was happily willing to answer all of my questions and gives great feedback and suggestions. Highly recommend stopping in to see Priscilla for any of your esthetic needs.
I stayed in this hotel as part of a conference group that had booked years in advance, and only learned recently that the hotel renovations would not be complete by the time of our stay. Nonetheless - our stay was close to perfect - for which I give full credit to the incredible staff. They were so cheerful, so excited to have our group there, so helpful, so "can do" - performing above and beyond all reasonable expectations.
I must cite in particular the excellent service I received from Luci at the front desk and Gabe, the security officer. I returned from an event at one of the hotel's outdoor venues and realized I was missing my sweater. I reported it to Luci and the manager in charge of the event - with very low expectations that I would ever see that sweater again. But "voila" - a little later that evening it was delivered to my room! Truly - service above and beyond.
Our room was very comfortable and well laid out. I especially liked having 2 sink vanities - one in the full bath and another just outside it. The beds were great - and the bed linens scrumptious! Our room had a fridge, Keurig, and complimentary bottled water.
This is a very large property with several restaurants on the premises, 4 or 5 swimming pools including one indoors, a huge fitness facility, and a spa. The lobby and other public areas are light and open. There is even a deck with rocking chairs for relaxing and enjoying the view.
Although I don't usually gravitate toward large hotels, the warm and welcoming attitude of the staff here made it a very pleasant stay.