Four Seasons Austin debuts its latest hotel makeover and the results are rich, chic

While Downtown Austin aficionados eagerly await the opening of the next big hotel — The Fairmont Austin — the grande dame of luxury hospitality keeps drawing the moneyed crowds from near and far.

The 291-guest room hotel has never been one to rest on its laurels or even the Four Seasons’ name during its 30-plus years operating at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. along the northern banks of Lady Bird Lake.

Quietly over the past couple of years the Four Seasons has undergone an extensive makeover. Austin Business Journal brings you a look at the latest upgrades to rooms, meeting space and the spa and fitness center.

Native Texan and University of Texas alumnus Michael Dalton — principal at Chicago-based Whitespace Interiors — delivered the vision for the renovations, which embrace a subtle, but sophisticated neutral palette and metallic touches and a dash of glitz.

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, owned by Chinese enterprise Anbang Insurance Co., financed the latest round of improvements. No specific budget was revealed, but records at the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration show that the cost of improvements was more than $2.1 million.

A spokeswoman for the Four Seasons said the cost of renovations was much higher than that number. An outside consultant not involved in the deal told ABJ that the renovation budget was nearly $50 million, or $160,000 per guest room.

Source: Austin Business Journal
Jan Buchholz, Senior Staff Writer

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