Westlake Welcomes New Luxury Hotel

The Hotel Granduca Austin in Westlake recently opened its doors to guests. On a hillside at Bee Caves Road and Loop 360, the upscale hotel offers 194 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is designed in a luxurious Italian villa-style and offers views of the hill country and of Austin. The hotel features the Visconti Ristorante and Bar, which, in addition to daily dining, offers an Italian-style Happy Hour each Wednesday and Thursday with live music, cocktails, and Italian bites. Starting in 2016, Hotel Granduca Austin will offer a traditional afternoon tea with an Italian flair each afternoon, along with an Italian feast and brunch favorites each Sunday. The property is on 38 acres and includes a heated saltwater pool and spa, an outdoor courtyard and veranda, and even a billiard room. It also offers spaces for meetings and large events, such as weddings, with a ballroom and outdoor venues with views. Services include a complimentary shoe shine service, shuttle service to downtown Austin, and chauffeured transportation upon request, as well as 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and business center. Hotel Granduca Austin also offers spa services and is pet friendly. Hotel Granduca Austin is the only hotel in Austin that is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World organization. It follows Houston as the second property under the Houston-based hospitality group Granduca Hotels and was created by developer Giorgio Borlenghi and his family. Room rates begin around $300 and extend into the mid-$3,000s.