Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott
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Today Lynne planned a wonderful ride through the back roads. The ride should have covered about 200 kms, but we got turned around several times and had a real challenge to find the road signs. We were travelling around on country roads so the access ways looked the same as the farm accesses.
Most of the small bridges were in very low areas ...
... ice flows looked suspicious to someone who was not aware of our tactics. Pretty funny, now that I think about it.
We arrived just before 7 pm, totally exhausted and elated that we can finally sleep in tomorrow morning. We had a pool side party with pizza, beer and fireworks (it is the 4 th of July). It was great to have time to relax together and play in the pool.
Beautiful state park with nice hiking trail along the waters edge. Adam did great for most of the hike and Anna had issues with the proximity to cactus. Both kids reached the end of their hiking stamina before we made it back to the car and it was quite the battle to get them back to ...
Booked passage with the vanishing Texas river cruise company and had a 2 hour tour of the lake. Wind conditions made it impossible to land ashore to see Blufton, which is normally under water, but because of the drought, has made possible for shore ...
... as stepping stones or other things. They have been working on restoring the blocks so they don’t fade with time (not everyone dug in deep for their signatures) so they only had some on display. It was a pretty interesting tour and the ranger had lots of little stories to tell about different things throughout the house.
After finishing up at the LBJ ranch we headed for Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, TX to spend the ...
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Wow what a gem
wow.....what a gem in the middle of the hill country, I can't say enough about the service and the food, food , food......I was with a group staying at the resort and found that the food served at the events was exceptional. My kudos to the chef and his staff for delivering a Ritz Carlton quality dining experience. We ate at the Lantana restaurant on a number of occasions to find the food was very good as well. I can't forget about the brunch on Sunday.what a great surprise.....The staff at the Horseshoe Bay resort Marriott is doing a fantastic job,for being open for, such a short time, I think they opened sometime in Octover of 04. A well kept secret outside of Marble Falls......
I was at the Marriott in Horseshoe Bay Resort for a business meeting. I was impressed with the lobby, the check in staff, the elevators were fast and never had to wait, the room was, I thought, one of the best. Beds looked like Westin Heavenly Beds, and were very comfortable. Granite and nice woods in the bathrooms, huge vanity top, great water pressure in sink and shower. Comfortable chair and table for working in room. Views of the pool were nice. I didn't use the pool but it looked good from all angles. Food was pricey, but better than most hotel food. The appetizers were huge, I added chicken (an option) to one, and it was my supper. The chicken was quite good. The Tortilla Soup was good.
It all started when they couldn't give us directions to the hotel and we were down the street. They then cancelled all the rounds of golf for our trip. Then when we checked in they checked us into all the same rooms when we had seperate rooms for our families. Our last names are not even the same so that is a bit scary, whoever checks in just put them in with our family. Then they never even brought them there room key after calling two times. When you check into a hotel it would be nice if you could get in the room you reserved and then also get keys to it. After that we found a nice restaurant for dinner except no one knew where it was. Come to find out it has been renamed but it is still in their book. We decided to order breakfast, they never asked for our room number so I assumed that they had caller id like almost all the hotels. They don't so when we called to check on breakfast an hour later we found out that our food was waiting for us to call back because they had no information on it. Horseshoe Bay stinks and they have no clue on how to run an efficient resort! They need to visit their resort in Hawaii to find out how to run one.
I just returned from a weekend trip to the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott and have to say I found many of the same problems in other reviews to be true. The property itself is very beautiful and the location is great. The thing I was most disappointed with was the service. We left the hotel for a day of sightseeing at 8am. When we returned to the hotel at 3:30pm, housekeeping was just getting ready to clean our room. We asked if we could have just a couple of minutes to change into our swimsuits and we would be out of her way to clean the room. After 2 hours at the pool we went upstairs only to find our room still hadn't been cleaned. It was only after a call to the "At Your Service" line that our room was cleaned but the coffee bar was never replenished or cleaned. We just went downstairs to the lobby market and got a Starbuck's. The other issue with service was at the pool. It was very busy that day and the pool bar was hopping. There was a bartender, chef and a porter at the bar. For some reason the porter never came out to pick up any trash around the pool which meant there were cups and food trays everywhere. It looked really bad.
The first thing I want to say is that I am a hotel snob. If anyone can appreciate a five diamond hotel, I am that person. That being said, the Marriott Horsebay is doing just fine. While you are there, you have to remember that you are at a 3 diamond property, not a Ritz-Carlton or the like. Everyone we encountered from front desk check-in to managagement, pool bartenders, housekeeping and restaurant staff was on it. Sure there were a few bumps in the road, although nothing to take away from the beautiful setting and great job Marriott did at creating a resort. The men will go nuts for the beautiful sports bar and one-site putting course. One thing I am going to wait for until I go back is the planned on-site fitness center and spa, which is projected for the future. The resort did provide comp fitness facilities and spa(not comp) amenties at very nearby and walkable locations. Definitely worth it for a getaway weekend. Did I mention the Sunday brunch??? Quite a bargain at approx $27. Amazing hotel chef!!! Worth the trip for that!
We stayed for 3 nights during spring break.
We visited the hotel in late October with a large golf group, including wives and kids. The hotel facilities were nice and new, but not complete. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful.
This resort is trying to be first class but, it's only average. We reserved a spa package for $259.00 a night for two nights. This package includes two massages and daily breakfast. I reserved the massages for my husband and I a week ahead to insure that we would get the massages when we wanted them. When we got there , we learned that they had only one of the massages reserved instead of two and they were completely full for the rest of the time we would be there. I had to go to the spa (of which they told me that Marriott messes up their schedules all the time) to try to work something out with them. Apparently , the spa is a separate business from the Marriott and I would definitely schedule with the spa separately without going through the Marriott if I had to do it all again.
We spent 2 nights at this Marriott, soon after it opened. The hotel facilities are average, in my opinion. The health club and sports bar had yet to open, during the time we were there. They have a very nice "real grass" miniature golf course, which is really quite expensive to play at $20, in my opinion, but worth walking around, just to see it, as it is very pretty. There are great golf courses at Horseshoe Bay Resort, which guests can play for about $100 per round. The hotel rooms are average at best, and not very large. There is a charge of $10 per day to use the internet in the room, but free wireless access for a 24 hour per, in the lobby. There is not much entertainment in Horseshoe bay, and there are only a few restaurants worth eating in. The Marriott has a restaurant on site, but we did not eat there; we looked at the menu, and prices seemed fairly pricey. We went in October, but if you are there in the summer, you will enjoy the Horseshoe Bay resort, which has a small beach area and a nice pool, nicer than the pool at the Marriott; these facilities are open to guests the the Marriott, but not the general public. Water sports such as waverunners, are also available. As upscale Marriott resorts go, this is not one of their better ones. We have been to 2 others in Scottsdale, which were much nicer.
This resort just opened October 2 and we were there October 10-11; everything was not complete at the new tower, though the amenities we used were completed as they were part of the neighboring resort which is older. Do not be fooled! The photos are deceptive - not all amenities are on-site (at the Marriott tower) but are all within walking distance unless you have tiny children (which we do). Also, by looking at the photos online, we thought the Marriott tower was actually on Lake LBJ - it is NOT! It is a short walk, not bad, but not what we expected. The new tower Marriott is beautiful, with clean lines, and extremely well-appointed in dessert colors. There is a pool bar and a rather swanky restaurant with bar on-site, and we received attentive service. The Marriott took over management of an older resort (or so we were told), all within a well-manicured, protected, master-planned community set amidst rolling hills about 55 minutes west of Austin. This resort has great facilities, mature landscaping, natural-style lakeside pool with wandering paths and caged parrots sprinkled throughout, multiple restaurants, marina, 18-hole putting course, and though we don't play golf, the courses looked amazing!! We were shocked that they don't bill themselves also as a 'tennis camp' or resort, as the tennis courts/facilities are spectacular with upwards of 12 courts (I didn't actually count), multiple surfaces and a winding waterway and shade trees. It was a bit dead when we were there, but it was just opening and probably a bit off-season. I bet summers there will be kicking! Enjoy your trip!