One of my favorite Southwest resorts – the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – has refreshed its restaurants and lobby spaces. Inspired by the Texas Hill Country and the resort’s scenic and natural surroundings, the new design, created by the design firm Seifert Murphy, reflects its regional surroundings throughout the resort.
Located just 12 miles north of San Antonio International Airport, the resort features the 36-hole TPC San Antonio golf course, Lantana Spa, nine-acre River Bluff water park, seven restaurants, and 288,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Drawing from the JW brand aesthetic, the property’s redesigned spaces are a modern interpretation of the resort’s indigenous surroundings. The Texas Hill Country is world renowned for its natural beauty and the Blanco River is credited as its wellspring. Located just 40 miles northwest of the resort, the Blanco River serves as the centric inspiration for the casually elegant design. Building on the saturated color palette of the river and the surrounding banks and limestone cliffs, the scheme of the resort’s design is a welcoming sanctuary, aiding the guest in a full immersion of the landscape surrounding the resort. Modern design takes on the rush of water, and the trademark cliffs of the Blanco River present themselves throughout the redesigned areas. Vertical directives juxtaposed with organic movement are a nod to the architectural elements of the river itself.
Each of the hotel’s restaurants, 18 Oaks, Cibolo Moon, High Velocity along with the lobby bar, Crooked Branch, have been refreshed to reflect a current look and feel that embraces the nature of the Texas Hill Country.
Two new tables, each seven-feet long, in High Velocity, the hotel’s sports bar, were designed and built by a local Texas manufacturer, The Wright Edge in Red Oak, Texas. As an homage to the official Texas state tree, each table was made from one pecan tree that was split vertically down its center. The majority of the new furniture is custom made to naturally occupy their spaces. Leather sofas and chairs are stamped and incorporate a custom-made modern western design.
Coffee tables in the upper lobby are made from limestone, which is indigenous to the area. Also in the upper lobby, laser cut hair on hide with a mixture of a sage green and steel blue color accent are incorporated into the soft seating. Wheat, cognac, sage, lapis, carbon, and camel are woven throughout the interior as art or furnishing materials and represent the Hill Country landscape.