SAN ANTONIO—Woodbine Development Corporation today announced details of a $35-million expansion and renovation of its Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. The project will nearly double the resort’s indoor function space, triple its pre-function space, add new outdoor function space, enhance and freshen guestrooms and landscaping, as well as expand the resort’s water park to include a FlowRider wave machine and a tower slide.
Woodbine is managing the project, with WATG and Wimberly Interiors providing interior design services; HKS Hill Glazier Studio as architect of record; Rialto Studio, Inc., managing landscape improvements; and Hardin Construction Company, L.L.C., as general contractor. The entire project will be completed by fall 2013, with portions of the project completed in the spring of 2013.
“We’re elated that we can bring these new enhancements to this very special property,” said John Field Scovell, CEO and president of Woodbine. “While much of what this resort offers is about tradition, we want to reward our loyal guests with new experiences and capture group customers who needed more function space than we were able to provide in the past.”
The resort’s indoor function space is being increased from approximately 35,000 square feet to approximately 70,000 square feet, including the addition of a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Guests will access the new space either through the existing function space corridors or via a new motor court and separate entrance. The grand ballroom will be divisible into eight breakout rooms, each with its own entrance. Generous pre-function space will be added and connected to the existing Hill Country Ballroom space, as well.
Exterior function space added with the expansion includes a 7,260 square-foot landscaped courtyard, complete with a stacked limestone working fireplace. Additionally, a 5,000-square-foot event lawn will be connected to the new ballroom. The meeting space will be completed in fall 2013.
All 500 guestrooms and suites will also be transformed as part of the renovation. Wimberly Interiors is blending a rustic aesthetic with a tailored palette and refined details. The addition of new Hyatt Grand Bed mattresses, complete re-tiling of the tub surrounds, a decoratively framed mirror with freestanding, oversized, granite-top vanity, are just a few of the features to be offered in every room
The guestroom corridors will offer textured wall coverings, bronzed metal wall sconces, and new carpeting.
Another phase of the renovation will include the addition of a wave machine and tower slide to the resort’s water playground, which is being expanded from four acres to five acres.
Hill Country will become the first Texas hotel and only one of three hotels in the United States to have a FlowRider wave machine on its property. The new attraction simulates a “barrel-less” wave; complete with a sloped wave surface with 40,000 gallons of water being driven up at a rate of about 18,000 gallons per minute. Hotel guests will be able to choose bodyboarding, kneeboarding, or stand-up boarding. In addition to the wave machine, the resort is adding a 22-foot tall tower slide.
The final enhancements to the resort include extensive exterior landscaping and energy-efficient LED lighting. Lighting of the public walkways and the up-lighting of native Live Oak trees will give the resort additional illumination in the evening. Retaining walls are being added to reduce soil erosion in key areas, and throughout the resort a professional arborist is assisting with the replacement of invasive plant and tree species with native Texas plants that are heat tolerant and drought resistant.