The new Hotel Granduca brings Italy to the Hill Country in grand style.
With the recent opening of the Hotel Granduca in West Lake Hills, Austin now has a five-star luxury hotel outside the downtown area. The 194-room luxury boutique hotel set on a lush, 38-acre hilltop exudes the opulence of Italian design paired with modern amenities.
“After the success of Hotel Granduca Houston, Austin was a natural expansion,” says Giorgio Borlenghi, president of The Interfin Companies, the parent company of Granduca Hotels. “People want more than just a place to stay; they want an experience,” he continues. “Being from Milan, it was natural for me to create a hotel concept where guests would feel transported to an old-world villa in Italy, where they can enjoy an original Northern Italian restaurant and a sunny, Tuscan-style courtyard.”
The nine-floor, 190,000-square-foot, L-shaped building was designed by an in-house team, led by Borlenghi’s sister, Ermy Borlenghi Bonfield, “to respect and complement the grounds and surroundings,” Borlenghi says. An impressive attention to detail can be seen in the spacious guest rooms, which range in size from 480 square feet to a lavish 1,350-square-foot suite. The hotel’s art program contains over 1,600 European works, handpicked by the Borlenghi family and displayed throughout the hotel from public spaces to guest rooms. Beyond the guest rooms, visitors are treated to an outdoor saltwater pool, a billiards room, fitness center, and Visconti Ristorante & Bar, whose Northern Italian menu is overseen by James Beard award-winning Executive Chef Tom Parlo.
“Austin produces many of the same ingredients found in Northern Italy,” explains Parlo, who points to the “gorgeous locally grown romanesco, Tuscan kale,” and an abundance of local turnips, plus rabbits, boar, chickens, Dorper lamb (showcased in the lamb spiedini), and beef for the Wagyu bistecca. “The local ingredients are harvested just as we place our orders, so they are always at their freshest.” The restaurant entices locals to come for dinner, an over-the-top Sunday brunch, and a traditional afternoon English tea (with an Italian spin, of course).
Pleased that the Austin iteration of Granduca remains true to his vision, Borlenghi says, “As you move throughout the property, you don’t feel as if you are in a hotel, but instead have been transported to a little corner of Italy among the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country… I call it ‘my Italian corner in Austin.’” 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills, 512-306-6400