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
- Read more about what to see and do in Austin in our magazine section
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
- 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
Stayed for the weekend and had a wonderful time just relaxing by the pool. Close to shopping and felt like a nice get away. Live music in the bar, and fun activities for the kids. - I Will definitely be back.
It has been well documented in previous reviews how the epic scale of the renovations and construction have affected the "ambiance" of this resort.
On our recent visit I would add no keys were provided for the mini bar on check in, difficult to impossible to enter the room until maintenance replaced the batteries in the electronic lock, items ordered and not received from room service, glasses in the room not replaced by housekeeping, and so forth.
I really don't blame the staff for these problems, they are as friendly and accommodating as can be, I have much more of an problem with management's decision to keep the place operating during this level of renovation. Charging in excess of $200/night for a place in this condition fits in somewhere between robbery and fraud.
As this is my first experience at this resort, I cannot wax nostalgic about past visits, and other than the well-heeled clientele I see no evidence that this place was anything other than a big deal in the 80s. The golf courses must be life changing.
I hope for everyone's sake that it will be worth it when the place reopens in 2019. For now I would avoid it.
I joined seven other golfers for a four day golf trip to Barton Creek which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our accomodations in two houses next to each other couldn't have been better. Four golfers in each residence. The variety and condition of the courses was excellent as well. Downtown Austin and it's entertainment district is short drive or Uber away. Highly recommended for a group golf outing.
We have stayed at several Omni resorts and look for them when we travel. Barton Creek has sent us numerous e-mails about booking a reservation over the past several years, so we book our stay at the end of our week long trip to the Texas Hill Country for some R & R. No one mentioned that out my window would be a huge construction zone; the pro shop, golf course and pool were closed and they were getting ready to close down for a year. The coffee shop was not able to take cash and we had a couple of issues with the housekeeping dept. I asked for wash cloths and came back to my room to find pillows piled in the middle of the bed. We ran out of toilet paper and asked the front desk and housekeeping several times with no success on either matters. We finally took matters into our own hands and raided a bathroom in the lobby. The entrance was very hard to find in the dark because the entrance lampposts had been removed for the construction equipment. The restaurant was fine, but their was not a place to get a cocktail until after 5:00. I am normally not a complainer, but someone should have told us that the hotel and staff did not have the conveniences that we were expecting at this resort. We were looking forward to relaxing,using the pool and playing golf our last couple days of vacation which did not happen.
After reading the recent reviews about the reconstruction issues, I was concerned. The weekend stay was a graduation present for my daughter and I wanted to make it memorable because we couldn't change location or date. I didn't realize it was their last weekend of operation before they closed for reconstruction.
After getting a welcome email from Rodrigo Ibanez, Director of Rooms, I responded back with my concerns. To make a long story short, he did everything possible to make our stay truly memorable and my daughter was beyond thrilled. He exceeded our expectations with his prompt responses and ability to help.
We did not have any issues with self parking. They even had golf carts to shuttle us to front door if we wanted. We were never effected by staffing issues even though there was 2 large events going on.
Our rooms were turned down for the evening. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved the lemonade and cookies in the lobby plus the donut wall was cool and yummy! I could definitely see the construction but the view and sunrise were amazing! We dined in the restaurant, shopped at the shops, worked out in the gym, got facials in the spa, and played miniature golf.
I'm glad I got to meet Rodrigo and thank him in person. I would definitely recommend this amazing hotel and location when they reopen in 2019!