8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, TX | Directions 7873530.292336 -97.860007
Golfers, spa lovers and Austin hill country enthusiasts will enjoy a stay a the Barton Creek Resort and Spa. My husband and I recently cashed in a voucher for a one night stay, spa treatments and a delicious dinner and we can't wait to go back for another trip!
Treats members like visitors and visitors like members! – Can't be more frank but ever since Club Corp took over Barton Creek it is never been the same. I find it to be also racist to a point where I was sitting in the members lounge and witnessed two BC members quacking about how we are not supposted to be friendly or speaking with the hispanic servers. SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED. If you don't fit there Barton Creek mold there will do everything to make it worse for you to stay a member. I do alot of business there but moved my meetings to other downtown locations. I was a member and say goodbye to idiots who do not understand that some of there members are really racist and just bad apples in the group.They rid the good and keep the liars, scammers, creeps and racist.If you look around the club they have all white but hardly any blacks or Hispanics. Now that is racist! I love all people of any color race or religion and this is not a club it is a cult of hatred.Beware !! Not missing anything in this Club.
A good Samaritan with a warning to all.
Comfortable Stay and Average Service – I have stayed at this resort a few times within the last year. I only come when they have specials because the rooms are average, nothing exceptional; however, they are clean and comfortable. The beds; however, are amazing. You will sleep like a baby in their beds, I hate to part when them in the morning. Their front desk staff isn't very friendly and they consistly provided me with incorrect information during my last stay. For them to be in the hospitality industry, they haven't quite mastered the hospitable part just yet. I had the bed and breakfast package and was very satisfied with the breakfast selections each day. Also, the waitstaff in the restaurant was exceptional. If all of their employees had the personality and attentiveness of the waitstaff, it would be a much more pleasant place to stay. My biggest complaint about this resort is the noise level. If the guests adjacent to you like to talk loud, you will be up all night. It's as if they have very little insulation in the walls. At times it can be rather noisy which makes it extremely difficult to sleep. Other than that, it's a nice place to stay. One suggestion for them is to come up with a loyalty program...preferrably like the Omni Hotels. The Omni Hotels loyalty program is bar none. It would be nice if they showed some appreciation for frequent visitors. For all the times I have stayed with them over the last year, I have received nothing...not even a Thank You or Welcome Back. During my most recent stay at the Omni in Dallas, the front desk staff sent me a bottle of champagne and they upgraded my room to a suite upon arrival...all free of charge because of my frequent stays with them. In addition to that, I get free WiFi, turn down service, free beverages delivered to my room each morning, free bottled water each day, free room nights...the list goes on. Barton Creek needs to show some appreciation for their loyal guests before someone else steals them away.
Romantic retreat was exactly that – For not having to go out of the country here it is: My wife and I had the greatest time this weekend. We played a round of golf at the famous Crenshaw course that bar none was as beautiful as it was a challenge to the amateur. Our dinner together was as fine as any restaurant in town with service that far exceeded most 5 star eateries. The room was impeccably clean and had a "new" feeling. The staff was happy to cater to our every want and need. But there were very few needs that weren't already thought of before hand. The grounds were beautiful and our naturewalk on Easter Sunday was delightful with the wildlife that habitats the Hill Country abounding the path. Breakfast was equal to our meal the night before. Simply topshelf service from a well run establishment designed to cater to a clientele that knows what service is supposed to be.
Save yourself the time and money – My wife and I first visited this hotel around November of 2007 and we loved our stay. I couldn't have said one bad thing about that experience. How things can change in a year and 3 months....we just got back from a V-day trip and will never be going back.
I made the reservation on Jan 6 for a "scenic" guestroom with a king sized bed, and specifically asked not to overlook the parking lot. They placed us in a room overlooking the parking lot that had two double beds in it. When I tried to correct their mistake, I was told that I hadn't requested a King and they didn't have any available. I was put on a "list" in case one opened up, and that was it. No apology from a manager, nothing. The reservation confirmation doesn't print out special requests and the bed type that you request, probably so they can play dumb when they mess up. The double beds are called queen size by the staff, so they must have invented a new unit of measure. They charge $25/night for a mini-fridge in your room. You can own one from Walmart for $100 bucks.
We had breakfast in the Hill Country Dining Room. Last time I was thrilled with the food, this time I could have gotten better food at Whataburger. Extremely dry biscuits and salty gravy, bland and tasteless eggs benedict, a sausage "patty" tough enough that you need to use a knife to cut it. The stuffed french toast and omelette were decent.
On the plus side, the nature trail is nice and moderately challenging, the view is still the same (amazing), and the beds comfortable. The staff in the Hill Country Dining Room were attentive and friendly as last time.
However, when you pay $800 after taxes for two nights + breakfast, you expect and demand a great experience. They failed to deliver - they failed to even ATTEMPT to make it right. For that we will never go back, and I will tell anyone to look at the Four Seasons in Austin, or the Hyatt Lost Pines instead.
Terrible service, avoid for your vacation/event – June 2007 update: After attempting to reach the manager of Barton Creek several times BEFORE our wedding, he finally called us AFTER our wedding. He was defensive and offered us nothing for our trouble. Be careful with this place...
We had our honeymoon at Barton Creek and it was a terrible experience. Our suite was decent but nothing like what you would expect for the price. Room service was also overpriced and the service we received was terrible. They got our dinner order wrong on the 1st and 2nd try. By the time my husband's dinner arrived as he had ordered, it was so cold that he didn't even want to eat it anymore. Also, the staff does not respect your privacy. On our first night, we were startled to hear another voice in the other room after we had already gone to bed! Apparently, the man entered because we didn't answer his knocking at our door. Lastly, we were very disappointed that there was no mention of us being on our honeymoon during our stay.
I also had my wedding reception at Barton Creek and the service I received was even worse: Barton Creek's coordinators were unprofessional and inexperienced. We were often given misinformation about important details regarding our wedding. Their Director of Catering was condescending and unhelpful. She scoffed at our ideas and was more focused on her own wedding than on ours. Her assistant was mistake-prone and misinformed us many times of prices, availability, etc. The catering department served us a delicious meal at our tasting but the actual dinner at our reception was tasteless (e.g. watered-down soup) and the portions were tiny. They threw in hidden costs including charging us for items that we were originally told would be "included"...the list of disappointments is very long. Barton Creek made what was supposed to be a fun experience very stressful. I sincerely regret having my wedding there and learned from my wedding coordinator that The Four Seasons and The Driskill do not have such problems.
Nicknamed the "Golf Capital of Texas," this luxury resort lives up to its moniker. – The Scene
There is no question about the main attraction at this 300-room resort. It features golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Ben Crenshaw. All fairways make good use of the rolling Hill Country landscape, whose influence extends throughout the property. The elegant architecture reflects the Southwest, while native cuisine offers a gourmet touch. Spa treatments include such locally inspired delights as the Texas Mountain Laurel Body Wrap.
The resort is home to the Golf Institute, which includes a full golf school, short-course academy and private lessons. The signature Fazio Foothills Golf Course is known for its cliff-lined fairways, waterfalls and caves. The three other courses also take advantage of the intriguing natural setting, where white-tailed deer can be found sharing the fairways.
Not Country Club Atmosphere – Unfortunately, I felt I was at my college gymnasium instead of a country club. The most relaxing part of the spa experience was my drive into the club. Alhough the massage was relaxing, the spa lacks a locker room attendant and is fairly outdated, making the country club price tag seem overpriced.
Austin's Little Secret – I had no idea you could go to the spa at Barton Creek Resort until I received a gift certificate for my birthday. This place is really great. I love the natural grapefruit stuff they use!
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