History Of The Resort & Awards
Opened as Lakeway Inn in 1963, the property hosted the who's who of Texas, generations of families celebrating milestones and vacationing and numerous business meetings. Over the past few years, the resort added a full-service spa, additional meeting space, swimming pools and patio areas and refurbished guest rooms.
TIMELINE OF LAKEWAY RESORT AND SPA
The original Lakeway Inn was built by a group of investors and developers from Houston to provide a "watering hole" for residents of Lakeway, a new Hill Country retirement community. The Lakeway Yacht Club was chartered, and legendary General Manager Pierre Caselli turned the Lakeway Inn into the center of the new and growing Lakeway community.
More guest rooms were added as word spread that Lakeway Inn was also a great place for weekend stays and golf outings. An ideal meeting destination due to its equal distances from Houston and Dallas, Lakeway added meeting rooms to accommodate demand.
Dallas developer and entrepreneur Bob Alpert bought the entire Lakeway project with a vision to expand and develop the community into Texas' most prestigious resort community. His master-planned community called for additional tracts of land, more golf courses, expanded marina, shops and businesses, houses of worship, and more.
Bob Alpert partnered with the Hunt family of Dallas and the World Championship Tennis organization to develop the World of Tennis Resort, a tennis complex with clubhouse, indoor and outdoor courts and 106 tennis townhouses.
CBS Tennis Classic is held at the Lakeway World of Tennis.
Alpert sold Lakeway Inn to the partnership of Rothschild Property Investors, Inc. and Dolce International, with Dolce as management. A two-year renovation was launched.
In a grand opening celebration, the newly renovated Lakeway Inn was showcased to residents, customers, VIPs and press. The Austin Room was introduced as a new meeting venue for the expanding conference business.
Lend Lease, a real estate investment group from Chicago, bought Lakeway Inn from Rothschild and embarked on an extensive expansion program, adding the six-floor tower overlooking Lake Travis.
The grand opening of the tower and renovated Inn was held for residents, customers, VIPs and press.
Lend Lease sold the property. During the next two years, a series of caretakers managed the property until a permanent owner with a new vision for Lakeway was found.
A metamorphosis gradually overtook the Lakeway community, as young couples and families began purchasing many of the homes. No longer considered a retirement community, Lakeway became a highly desirable area of Austin. Behringer Harvard Funds of Dallas purchased Lakeway Inn and brought Dolce International back as management. The inn was renamed Lakeway Resort & Spa and an extensive redevelopment program was announced to include a new spa, ballroom, meeting space, swimming pools, room renovation and the addition of luxury villas.
The redevelopment of Lakeway Resort & Spa is completed. San Saba Spa opens and the glass-enclosed ballroom becomes one of the hottest locations in Austin for weddings and celebrations. Live at the Lake, an annual free summer concert series showcasing some of Austin's top bands, kicks off poolside at Lakeway Resort and attracts thousands of music enthusiasts once a month throughout the summer.
The Dow Hotel Company (DHC), a Seattle-headquartered hotel owner/investor, announced a joint venture between DHC and The Carlyle Group's Carlyle Realty Parnters VI, to acquire Lakeway Resort and Spa.
Recognized as one of the top meeting destinations in Texas, Lakeway Resort and Spa is an Elite Meeting Gold 2011 and preferred EMC Venues property. Lakeway Resort and Spa and its experienced team of meeting professionals is a proud recipient of the following awards:
- AAA Four Diamond Award
- Top 20 ranking Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Reader's Choice Awards
- "Certificate of Excellence" 2014 Winner from TripAdvisor
- 2014 South's Top Business Class Meeting Resort from ConventionSouth Magazine
- 2014 South's Top Family-Friendly Resort for Groups from ConventionSouth Magazine
- 2013 Top Local Meeting Facilities Austin Business Journal
2013 Bride's Choice Award from Weddingwire.com
"Best of South Award” from Meetings South Magazine
Best Conference Center from Texas Meetings and Events Magazine
Best Golf Resort from Texas Meetings and Events Magazine
Best Holiday Party Venue from Texas Meetings and Events Magazine
"Pinnacle Award” from Successful Meeting Magazine
"Paragon Award” from Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine
"Gold Key Award” from Meetings & Conventions Magazine’
Award of Excellence from Corporate and Incentive Travel Magazine
"Top Ten Training Facilities in the U.S.” from MEET Magazine
Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine
- 2015 Best Hotels in Austin from U.S. News & World Report