Four Seasons Hotel Austin Reveals Renovated Lobby, Restaurant, Lounge

Austin is known for its outdoor recreation. From paddling on serene Lady Bird Lake to biking through expansive Zilker Park and swimming in beautiful Barton Springs Pool, the city is full of attractions that whisper to Austinites, "Come outside and play!"

It's in that spirit that one of Austin's most popular hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, has undertaken a nature-inspired renovation encompassing its lobby, restaurant and lounge. On track for completion this month, the three-year, multimillion-dollar renovation was designed to mimic the feel of a luxurious lake house, according to the hotel, which said its new spaces feature colors, textures and patterns lifted from the property's "resort-like backyard."

Take the hotel's redesigned lobby, for example, which features a chandelier made of blown-glass oak leaves and acorns, floor-to-ceiling sculptural wood slats that represent trees and two giant art panels by Texas sculptor Brad Oldham, whose design depicts "the ever-changing silhouettes of oak trees," according to the hotel.

The reimagined lobby bar, which has changed its name from the Lobby Lounge to Live Oak, features a similarly organic aesthetic thanks to volcanic basalt flooring, white oak, medium-tone bronze and blackened steel. Design highlights include new lounging alcoves with fireplaces and built-in televisions, a new multi-tiered central bar flanked by illuminated bookcases and a new outdoor deck with seating for up to 47 people.

Finally, there's the hotel's new restaurant, Ciclo. Spanish for "cycle," it was designed to honor the changing seasons and their effect on nature. Design highlights, for example, include herringbone natural oak flooring, wood columns, four wall-to-wall hand-painted murals representing each of the four seasons and brass-banded tables with tops that alternate between rich rosewood and conifer green. There's also a newly expanded outdoor terrace with 112 seats -- 22 more seats than the restaurant offers indoors.

"We tried to enforce the hotel's connection to nature in a sophisticated way that's subdued but still recognizable," said Michael Dalton, principal of Chicago-based Whitespace Interiors, which designed the renovation, earlier stages of which encompassed updates to the property's guest rooms, spa and fitness center.

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