The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort (HRLP) entrance sets the stage for a wonderful stay at a rustic, but upscale, hotel.
Rustic and upscale may seem to be contradictory, but HRLP manages to excel in both atmospheres. As you drive down the 10-minute long drive, you are cautioned to slow for deer, horseback riders, and golf carts before arriving at the 491-room lodge. After making the choice between self-parking or valet, you enter the main room of the hotel that has blazing fireplaces on either end of the cavernous, but cozy, room. (Yes, they seem to keep the A/C going when it’s hot outside so they can keep the fires burning!)
Checking in is easy and Hyatt-friendly, even if you are with a large conference. Upon check-in, you receive a sheet showing the daily activity schedule and standard options which include, for an additional cost, horseback riding, golfing, ziplining, spa services, and more. Free activities include such items as bingo, alpaca visits, outside movies, and other kid-friendly activities. In addition, there are multiple pools and a lazy river, paths along the scenic Colorado River, longhorns, and multiple restaurants and bars.
Unfortunately, both of my visits have collided with monsoon-like rains. HRLP makes the best of the bad weather. There were indoor activities for families, couples, and conference attendees.
Our foursome chose to eat dinner at the resort instead of driving the dark, wet roads into Bastrop (20 minute drive) or Austin (35 minute drive). We made dinner reservations at Stories for fine dining where the steaks and service were topnotch. Another night we ate at Scribes’ Club for a relaxed dinner. We had breakfast, included in our package, at the Firewheel Café with appetizers and drinks at Shellers Barrelhouse Bar. I generally shy away from eating at hotels, but the food and service were excellent at every venue and the prices were reasonable for a resort. I was very pleasantly surprised that, while I was there for a conference, the catered meals were excellent which is a difficult task to achieve for a group of 700!
I almost forgot…the best part of the stay may be the multiple firepits that are lit each night and the DIY s’mores packets provided at the desk. It’s a great way to end a perfect day!
After this Hyatt experience, I am eager to try the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. If you’ve already stayed there, please take a minute to share your thoughts with those of us in Ellis County!