Loved Hyatt Lost Pines A review of Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
We stayed at the Hyatt Lost Pines in late July, after the hotel had been open for about 6-7 weeks. The experience was great.
The place is set up much like Hyatt Hill Country, although the location on the Colorado River is distinctive. The area near the Colorado was not completed (disturbed dirt still around), but otherwise everything seemed to be working well. We arrived on a Saturday and swam while our room was prepared. Every time we walked to our car (not very far) a staff member in a golf cart or van stopped and asked us if we needed a ride. When we were walking to play tennis, we were offered a ride and then the driver returned to bring cold waters to us on the court! The tennis courts are quite nice, but you need to get out early or reserve because there are only two courts. The staff were uniformly pleasant and helpful. We did not really have to ask for anything, the staff seemed to anticipate our needs and offer help unbidden. There were bottled waters in the health club, lemonade in the lobby, ice water by the pools, all available without charge. The lazy river was quite nice, the slide was great for kids and the pools, one designated as adults only, were nice.
Our kids had lunch by the pool and thought the food was good and it was inexpensive (about $5 for chicken nuggets and fries). We had breakfast in the "bar" and it was good. Kids eat the breakfast buffet for $9 and adults are $16. Although not inexpensive, the breakfast was great. Lox, eggs, eggbeaters, many juices, etc. We had dinner in the Firewheel restaurant and, although the food was good, the restaurant was expensive. For two adults, one 14 year old and one 12 year old we spent about $100, with no beverages (soft drinks are $4.50) or cocktails. You can eat for less in the Firewheel, but you'd have a sandwich. Salads are not included with your meal, so if you want a salad add about $8 to your meal. After dinner we decided that, in the future, we'd have breakfast and lunch at the hotel and go to Bastrop for dinner (or bring dinner back). Rooms have a nice size regrigerator so you can easily store a few items in the room, but I'd recommend buying them in Bastrop or Austin rather than in the very expensive general store in the hotel.
When we were at Lost Pines the S'mores were free, although this appears to be a change, since earlier reviewers indicated there was a charge. It rained in the evening so the s'mores were done under a large outdoor pavilion by the pool. It was very nice and, surprisingly, there were no mosquitos.
There were approximately 15-20 bikes available to guests and they were very popular. Some bikes were very small with training wheels. In addition, one evening there were stagecoach rides around the property (no charge).
Lost Pines appears to have more activities for kids than Hyatt Hill Country and even outr teenager enjoyed the music, although not the sponge tag. There are many families with young children, but enough older kids that our kids enjoyed hanging out with a few other kids.
The hotel is located among some large Pecan trees and the five trees cut down to build the hotel were used in the floor of the main lobby, to construct a chandelier in the lobby, and to make trays used by room service. In addition, the root of the tree forms the base of a table in the lobby. In addition, the floor was milled in Bastrop and the hotel if full of photos and items from Texas' history. It is quite well done, not tacky at all.
The spa looks nice but we were unable to get in for services as they were booked. I recommend booking services in advance of your visit.
Overall, a great new hotel in the Austin area.