Hotel Viata, formerly Hotel Granduca Austin, opens after massive renovation

Hotel Viata, formerly known as Hotel Granduca Austin, has reopened after extensive renovation.
Hotel Viata, formerly known as Hotel Granduca Austin, has reopened after extensive renovation.

AUSTIN, Texas – Pacific Hospitality Group has completed renovations of Hotel Viata, formerly Hotel Granduca Austin.

Hotel Viata’s transformation features the addition of Spa Viata with eight treatment rooms, a modern Italian restaurant Laurel, renovated pool deck and lobby, and more. The renovation design and construction of the 190,000-square-foot retreat was completed by interior design firm Hotel Studio, McCabe Architecture, Digney York Associates, and PHG, with branding by local agency Tenderling.

“Hotel Viata’s new brand and name is inspired by Italy but steeped in Austin’s culture,” says David Putnicki, general manager of Hotel Viata. “It is a combination of Vita (life) and Amata (love). Our approach to ‘loving life’ through Hotel Viata is to bring the slow lifestyle and spirit of Italy to Austin through our beautiful retreat. This is a love note to the town we all love from a perspective entirely different from anything else you will find locally.”

Hotel Viata features nearly 120,000 square feet of meeting room in nine event spaces and 194 rooms, including 38 suites with small kitchenettes and separate living room areas suitable for families.

As guests enter Hotel Viata, they will be greeted by a renovated lobby with a “living room” lounging area and small boutique market featuring goods from local small businesses like Uncle Ray’s Peanut Brittle, Alma Home candles, and Lauren Elizabeth jewelry.

They will also be able to enjoy the renovated pool deck with reservable pool cabanas and an outdoor fireplace, along with a poolside cafe featuring special menu items as well as specialty cocktails.

Hotel Viata’s amenities have extended further with the opening of Spa Viata last month. Influenced by Italy’s abundant spa heritage and located on the second floor, Spa Viata provides holistic, nature-infused treatments, aromatic steam rooms, and sea-inspired bathing. The eight-treatment-room facility includes a designated couple’s suite as well as a private spa suite complete with a hydrotherapy tub and experiential rain shower. The spa menu includes massages, facials, and more, with amenities such as a relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s locker rooms complete with a steam room, and sauna.

Helmed by executive chef Tommy Suddeth Jr., Hotel Viata’s new Italian restaurant, Laurel, debuted this past September with a menu featuring ingredients from the Texas Hill Country while drawing inspiration from Italian coastal cuisine.  Laurel offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with menu options focused on flavors to satisfy the cravings of all guests, from kids to adults, along with a dedicated bar area featuring a cocktail menu.

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