Fodor's Expert Review Lakeway Resort and Spa

101 Lakeway Dr., Austin, Texas, 78734, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

Since opening in 2010, along with its adjacent Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Austin’s W Hotel has fast become the see-and-be-seen spot. The Second Street property, encompassing a city block, is the first mixed-use occupancy building of its type in the world to be LEED certified. Rooms are contemporary, yet warm and inviting. The lobby features a variety of hip hang-out spots, from the Records Room to Trace, the in-house restaurant featuring a locally-sourced, seasonal menu. The “WET deck” outdoor pool swells with beautiful people on weekends and the AWAY Spa provides a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city. A popular weekend brunch features live music and D.J. sets.


The resort has plenty of wonderful rooms to wind down in. Guests can choose from a courtyard or lake view, or condo or suite for larger groups. The décor perfectly matches the tranquility of the lake, with color palette featuring natural colors and calming blues. The beds are lavish, the amenities are top notch, and you’ll find your room to be relaxing retreat after a long day outside at the pool or at a nearby golf course.


The lavatories are sized well, with some featuring detached or double sinks. Bathrobes and bath products come with each, and in-mirror lighting adds for a nice effect.


A grand, welcoming lobby featuring natural tones and Texas-inspired décor. Live plants and wrought iron lighting fixtures add an additionally friendly touch.

Make sure to snag your free newspaper in the lobby.


One of the draws of this resort is the giant water park that features three unique pools, hot tubs and a children’s splash area with waterslide. The park is busy during the day with kids, but at night the complex turns into a relaxing getaway with warm lights glowing from the resort.


The Spa at Lakeway offers dozens of individual or package spa services in a tranquil setting. Noteworthy services include Colorado River Rock Massage, Green Clay Detoxifying Wrap and Sea and C Facial. Relax in the outdoor terrace overlooking the lake, a couple's massage room. The spa also features saunas, private lounges and lockers.


TR Restaurant and Bar and Lounge serves up Southern comfort fare throughout the day, like shrimp po'boys at lunch and grilled pork chops for dinner. Guests are treated to views of the lake and the atmosphere is casual. If swimming all day, The Sunset Pool + Grill—closed during the winter season—will serve you cold beer and small bites like frito pie and smoky salted watermelon poolside.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you miss lunch or dinner, there is a 24-hour food pantry and gift shop open in the lobby.


Like the Sunset Pool + Grill, the Sunset Pool Bar will serve you drinks while you’re splashing in the water or soaking in the sun. Inside, The Back Porch offers two-story windows with a view, a taxidermy chandelier, a generous happy hour with inexpensive small plates and drinks.


Getting Around

Lakeway is at least a 30-minute drive from Downtown Austin, so you’ll want to rent a car if you’re planning on leaving the resort.


Festive Mexican restaurant Santa Catarina (9-minute drive) serves up brunch, lunch, and dinner featuring fresh takes on enchiladas, tacos, and rellenos. Their seafood is locally sourced and they use natural meats. Sundancer Grill (13-minute drive) l is nestled right on Lake Travis offering beautiful views of the marina. Guest are welcome to arrive by boat, and the seafood bistro is known for their crab hush puppies and shrimp tacos.


Down-home bar Castro’s Bar & Grill (9-minute drive) offers billiards, cigars, darts and drink specials for patrons looking to hang loose. For something a little nicer, Hops & Thyme (8-minute drive) provides indoor and outdoor shaded seating with a long list of craft beers and wine. Local musicians are often playing in the beer garden.


Texas rustic meets modern at this all-inclusive resort nestled in the lake-side town of Lakeway. Located 30 minutes away from Austin, this retreat will not make you miss this city. Everything is offered here, from plush rooms to full-day activities, spa treatments to water sports. We love that it’s an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it reminds us that a little bit of nature and water is good for the soul.




Phones: 512-261-6600

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