Review of the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Austin

Sometimes you need a vacation within a vacation, particularly if you are on a busy road trip with the kids.

We chose to spend 2 nights at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort, approx 40 mins from downtown Austin.

The resort was fantastic and just the place to recharge our batteries.  The hotel is set in 405 acres alongside the banks of the Colorado river.  It is a big complex which can be very busy during peak season.  Luckily, although we were there over a weekend, it was at the tail end of Austin’s summer aka November and the hotel didn’t feel too full.

The grounds are beautiful and there’s plenty to do (although check what activities are offered off-season).  We spent the days by the pool, there’s a fabulous Lazy River and man made beach.  There is a paddock next to the hotel with cattle and horses, always a hit with the kids.

Kids Club
We took the plunge and sent our 3 year old to Kids Club one afternoon.  Although it was pricey (US$50), that included lunch and she absolutely LOVED it.

The hotel organizes lots of activities for kids.  We enjoyed a night time outdoor family movie where they set up a big screen on the grass complete with blankets and popcorn.  There’s also a bonfire with s’mores at the weekend.

These are fairly big and traditionally furnished. The resort is quite pricey so for the 2 nights we all shared one big room.  The staff were quick in putting up the travel cot for oru baby.

The food quality in the restaurants is not so great.  One night we ate at the outside terrace of the bar, the Firewheel and received a plate of nachos laden with plastic cheese, followed by chili with very little meat!  However the kids meal of vegetable fried rice was very good.  The breakfast buffet on a Sunday was expensive and disappointing but a la carte was much better.  There is a small bakery selling fresh food & Starbucks coffee.  There aren’t many restaurants in the neighbourhood so prepare to eat onsite.

Read about the rest of our Texas roadtrip adventure:

Part 1:  Fort Worth

Part 2:  Dallas

Part 3:  Austin

Part 5:  San Antonio

Part 6:  Houston

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