PEACE IN THE
HEART OF TEXAS
REMINDED OF THE REASONS I ;irst fell
in love with the Hyatt Regency Austin
more than 15 years ago, I looked north
out of the 17th-;loor event space win-
dows facing downtown. The city has
grown so much in that time and many
new, large buildings have been built,
resulting in changes to the skyline.
But the view here will never be signi;i-
cantly disturbed as no one is going to
literally build on the water (Colorado
River/Lady Bird Lake); this view will
never be blocked by a skyscrap-
er—an invaluable trait for a
downtown hotel in any city.
What else does the view avail?
The world’s largest urban bat colony
spends summers under the Anne W.
Richards Congress Avenue Bridge im-
mediately next to the Hyatt. These mi-
grants head south of the border in the
fall, but provide a wholly unique night-
ly show while they’re in residence in
the Texas capital. I ;irst experienced
this spectacle the day before my 21st
birthday—in fact, the bat situation was
one of perhaps three things I knew
about Austin prior to visiting. Certain-
ly groups could incorporate this expe-
rience—the sights and smells of the
sky being temporarily blacked out by
up to 1. 5 million hungry bats—into an
evening event, followed by a reception
at the Hyatt or neighboring Radisson
Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown or
the Four Seasons Hotel Austin.
The impeccable location and hospitality of the Hyatt Regency Austin remains, after many glorious events and
long nights in the city, unforgettable.
If you don’t have an Austin, Texas, anecdote then you
haven’t experienced this culturally significant U.S. city.
Pay respects to guitar
legend Stevie Ray
Vaughan by visiting a
life-size statue of the
musician several hundred feet northwest of
the Hyatt Regency, right
on the water’s edge.
The Tex-Mex diner
Güeros Taco Bar in the
now-hip South Congress
slinging regional cuisine
long before Quentin
the restaurant into his
2007 film Death Proof.