It’s pretty clear from the moment you drive up to the hillside basin where the HOTEL GRANDUCA AUSTIN sits that there really isn’t another place quite like this. Unless of course you’ve stayed at its sister property, the Granduca Houston. The familiar warm Tuscan palette covers the hotel – from the walls with detailed and layered crown molding to the lush textiles and antique furnishings. It’s these layers of understated luxury that make the Granduca feel more like a private Italian villa and less like a hotel.
But the Austin location sits atop a beautiful hillside offering panoramic views that feel very European. This location was key to developer Giorgio Borlenghi and his family’s decision to open a second outpost of his hotel brand. The Duke of Monfallito’s 16th-century palazzo was the inspiration for the Granduca and the luxury property is exquisite in its attention to detail; from design to service, nothing is lacking. There are 194 rooms and suites, which feel like guest rooms rather than generic hotel rooms. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge service, 24-hour business center, twice daily housekeeping, complimentary shoe shine, multilingual staff, saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, billiard room, outdoor courtyard and veranda – and the hotel is pet-friendly.
VISCONTI, the restaurant, features traditional northern Italian cuisine in a modern way using local ingredients. Think Tonno Crudo Carpaccio of delicate, thinly sliced yellowfin tuna with Meyer lemon gremolata, avocado mousse, crispy red mizuna and Sicilian olive vinaigrette. Or a Crispy Skinned Branzino Filet and perfect Tagliatelle Bolognese. CHEF MARIO ALCOCER executes them all perfectly to the last bite! But my favorite spot was the welcoming Visconti Bar located right across from check-in. Handsome greens and dark woods create a warm environment which beckons long conversations of aged scotch on the rocks. And now I’m daydreaming. The Hotel Granduca Austin is an easy escape for the family or for two. You make of it what you want.
HOTEL GRANDUCA AUSTIN
320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. B | Austin, TX 78746 | Main Telephone: 512.306.6400 | Reservations: 844.306.6400 | www.granducaaustin.com