Dallas Travel Guide

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Sorry Detroit, Virgin Hotels to Do Dallas in 2018

June 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

The ladies of Virgin Chicago. The garb for Dallas will definitely be shorter and skimpier different.

The fourth property for Virgin Hotels has just been announced and well, grab your cowboy boots and your cowboy hats, because Virgin is heading for Dallas. (But the other D--Detroit--is still a possibility.)

Set to open in 2018 in the Dallas Design District, the hotel will have over 200 guest rooms, er, "chambers", a spa, pool and several places to eat and drink, including The Commons Club, the all-day, everyday lounge first launched at the Virgin Chicago.

Other Virgin amenities will also be found in Dallas including free and blazing fast WiFi, no cancellation fees as long as you call before midnight, early check-in or late check-out without penalty, and mini bar items at street prices. Guests can also socialize during the hotel's Social Hour when complimentary drinks are served, top shelf included.

But before Dallas, we'll have Virgins in Nashville and New York to sleep with, hopefully sometime next year.

[Photo: Virgin Hotels]

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Dallas Icon to Regain Its Mid-Century Glory as The Statler Hilton

May 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | ()

Here’s some news sure to please staunch preservationists and dedicated followers of Mid-Century design. The former Statler Hilton Dallas, a classy 1950s gem in downtown Dallas, is getting a second act.

The hotel is reopen in 2016 after extensive renovations as a new member of Hilton Hotels' Curio Collection .

The Dallas Morning News reports that developers Centurion American Development Group got the official “nod” from City Council along with about $46 million in pocket change to forward the mixed-use project which includes the restoration of the Old Dallas Central Library, another cool 50s building, located next door to the hotel.

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Get Fit on the Road with a Little Help from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

May 4, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

The first NFL football kickoff might be a few months away, but with the draft and other goings on now is as good of a time as any to train for the upcoming season.

Dallas Cowboys fans—and those who don’t hate America’s Team—should make their way to Omni Dallas Hotel for a little preseason workout. Just note that things might be a little different than those looking to hit the traditional gridiron, as these workouts are probably best for those looking to score a spot on the cheerleading squad.

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One City Block, Two Office Buildings, Three Dallas Hotels

April 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life. That’s always good news, especially when that new life is a hotel. Or three.

The Dallas Morning News reports that developer NewcrestImage plans to renovate the two towers on Commerce Street and with a little design magic, by the end of next year we can look forward to a Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and AC Hotels by Marriott, offering a total of about 400 rooms.

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Howdy, Dude: Hard Rock to Open in Texas at an Indoor Ski Resort

October 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

Move over Dubai. Americans will now have a much easier way of skiing indoors. They will simply just need to fly to Texas.

The newly announced Grand Alps Village development for Grand Prairie, Texas will have an indoor snow facility on-site. Here's what is expected inside:

This expertly designed facility is 1,220' in length, 570' wide and just under 300' tall featuring the longest indoor ski run in the world. Multiple ski runs accommodate beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, and thrill snowboarders with an Olympic half pipe and snowboarding course. The snow center includes a snow play area, snow tubing, tobogganing, a luge track and a winter wonderland for kids of all ages.

Accompanying the indoor ski resort will be the Hard Rock Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth, a 300-room hotel with a rooftop pool complex, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness center and tons of music memorabilia throughout. Construction will being in January and the hotel is expected to open by January 2018 with 86 of its hotel rooms expected to overlook the indoor ski resort.

At first glance, this might seem like a random sort of move for Hard Rock but when you consider how family-friendly the brand has gotten recently, it makes sense. Having recently announced theirHard Rock Roxstars Kids Program, this indoor ski resort hotel is the perfect follow-up move for appealing to the family travel market.

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The Night Hotel Dallas Was Only Just a Bad Dream

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  Site Where: 2645 L.B.J. Freeway [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75234
August 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | ()

A while back we had heard that Dream Hotels was dreaming about a Dream Hotel for Dallas but we had no idea that Dream's sister brand, Night Hotels, creeped into Dallas seemingly overnight.

Yet, this Night Hotel may have been more like a nightmare.

A reader tipped us off to the recent reviews on TripAdvisor and they are horrifyingly bad. Since American Airlines seems to be using this hotel as a place for displaced/delayed passengers, the reviews have come fast and furious. Here are two that are still fit to print:

Walked into the room, two of the light fixtures were non operational, room was dark and the air conditioner was so noisy that I would have needed ear plugs. Windows were beyond filthy. I turned around, walked to the front desk and tossed them my keys. I asked to be given a ride back to the airport immediately and was. The guy at the front desk asked if I was going to catch a late night flight so I told him "yeah, something like that".

I did not feel safe at this hotel. Their shuttle took forever to arrive at the airport, took 2 calls to find out where they were, and was so old and rickety I couldn't talk on my cell phone. The lobby night club attracts an unsavory crowd and people are lurking around everywhere. The halls are dark. The front desk is covered with graffiti and the staff couldn't answer basic questions. My room furniture was covered in vinyl upholstery with lights around the bed. Everything is painted black. The bathroom needs a total make-over. Somehow they thought I'd be fooled by a new shower curtain.

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The Hotel Palomar Dallas Two-Steps Away from Kimpton, Grabs Hilton for a Do-Si-Do

Where: 5300 E Mockingbird Ln [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75206
August 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | ()

Hotel Palomar Dallas, once known as one of the Best Boozy Hotel Bars (thanks to the tiki bar downstairs) as well as a much better alternative to the nearby W Hotel and the scene of Nicki Minaj's suitcase meltdown, is no longer a Kimpton Hotel.

As of Wednesday, the property was sold to Thayer Lodging Group who have renamed the hotel The Highland Dallas. The will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts with the intention of having the hotel put into Hilton Hotels new yet very mysterious Curio Collection. According to the Dallas News, the hotel will be the first "selectively hand-picked" Dallas-Forth Worth hotel in the collection. Interestingly, when the building that housed the Hotel Palomar first opened in the 1960s it was known as the Hilton Inn.

Already, the Palomar is gone from the Kimpton website yet we couldn't find a new website for the Highland, except for a mention on Curio. That will probably be forthcoming. In the meantime, you Kimpton Karma kids can stay at the Hotel Lumen near SMU.

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When One Hotel Door Closes, Another Door Opens...At Least Until 5pm

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  Site Where: 555 S. Lamar [map], Dallas , TX, United States, 75202
June 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | ()

We've been loving the growing trend of 24-hour hotel stays and when we discovered that it even made its way to Las Vegas at The Palms, we listed it as one of our 5 new things to try. No more racing around at 11:45am to gather all our crap together, in fear that security guards would be waiting for us at 12:01pm.

But alas, VegasChatter reports that The Palms has suspended the program after a mere three months.

We reached out to a Palms representative for updates and were told that, after a three-month run, the 24-hour checkout policy has been suspended as they assess the results.

Hopefully, the results are good and the service will come back into play.

That said, when one door closes, another door opens and this time, that hotel door is open until 5pm at the Omni Dallas. The hotel has a new "Sleep In On Sunday” package that lets guests check out at 5pm on Sunday. The offer also gives them $20 credit towards either the hotel's Mokara spa; at Collections, the totally awesome retail store or at the hotel's restaurants and coffee shops.

Rates for the package start at $219 a night. Use code PKGSUN to book.

[Photo: Omni Dallas]

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Has an Entire Wing For Your Entourage

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  Site Where: 2121 McKinney Ave [map], Dallas , TX, United States, 75201
February 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM | by | ()

Everyone knows that everything is bigger in Texas but the saying couldn't more true with the suite offerings at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Instead of giving its VIP guests the penthouse or the presidential suite, the Ritz is now giving them an entire wing of the hotel to occupy.

Called The Ritz-Carlton Suite Privacy Wing, the exclusive area includes the largest suite in the house--the 2,385-sq.ft. Ritz-Carlton Suite which has killer views of the city--along with four additional connecting rooms and suites, as well as a dedicated private main entrance, a nearby access staircase, a service elevator and keyed elevator access. The wing can sleep up to 16 people and gives each guest access to the Ritz-Carlton Club lounge.

Total cost? "Only" $7,500 a night.

Peep the Ritz-Carlton Suite and the wing's floor plan below!

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Springhill Suites Is Making Security at DFW Airport Relaxing. Yes, Relaxing.

October 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

When you hear this phrase, "A warm, welcoming and inspiring space", what do you think of? Wherever you may be thinking of, it's most definitely not the security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Yet that is exactly what Springhill Suites by Marriott is attempting to do with the space.

Now, through December 31st, passengers in terminal 3's E18 security checkpoint will be able to gaze at relaxing artwork, lounge in comfy seating, double-check their travel documents in soft lighting and listen to music from SpringHill Suites' custom Pandora channels.

Dubbed the Springhill Suites Security Area, the space aims to mimic the hotel brand's own "calm, comfortable, relaxing and stylish spaces." And we have to say, that checkpoint in the photos below does look way better than our usual stressed out security zone. We just hope the zone will also work its magic on grumpy TSA workers.

Not traveling through DFW? Another Springhill Suites Security Area also just opened at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Fingers crossed for LAX and JFK, and maybe MIA and SFO and ORD too?

[Photos: Springhill Suites]

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Dream Hotels To Open Next in Dallas

Where: McKinney Avenue [map], Dallas, TX, United States
October 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Dream Hotels have made their mark in NYC but now they're dream of hotel expansion is taking them to Dallas.

Hampshire Hotels Management has signed a deal with the Dallas Dream Group LLC in Dallas to open a 128-room hotel in the city's Uptown district. The Dream Dallas will also have a 6,000-sq.ft. ground-level restaurant, a lofted pool deck and adjacent 14,000-sq.ft. lounge with killer views of Downtown Dallas. In other words, the Dream will be the same but the location has changed.

“We see huge opportunity in Dallas, it’s one of the most cosmopolitan and fashion-forward of Texan cities. I’ve always found it odd that there is such a relative vacuum of design-oriented, lifestyle hotel products there. “ Says Brendan McNamara SVP of Brand Development and Design at Hampshire Hotels, the parent company behind the Dream concept. “Dallas also offers up inspiration for a whole new twist on our design ethic. We are looking forward to turning some heads and shaking up the scene a bit… it’s what we do best.

The project will start construction in January and should be completed by winter 2015. Architecture group 5G Studio will do the design while Hyphen Construction Group, has been retained to build the project. We hope it's everything we dreamed it would be.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The Tooth Fairy is Coming to Hotel Guests in Texas This Thursday

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  Site Where: 2332 Leonard Street [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75201
August 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

Remember the tooth fairy? That generous spirit who arrived during the night to alleviate the pain of losing our baby teeth with a few coins -- or paper, if we were really lucky?

The two Hotel ZaZas in Dallas and Houston remember her and are celebrating this year's National Tooth Fairy Day (um, that's August 22nd, didn't you know?) with a special dental-themed package.

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