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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.
[Photo: Virgin Hotels]
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.
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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Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life.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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Let superstition be damned: Marriott Hotels is taking Friday the 13th head on by opening its JW Marriott Austin tomorrow. The largest JW Marriott in the United States (1,012 guestrooms) and second largest in the world (largest being the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, because everything is bigger in Dubai), there are some dazzling stats that come with its size, but we’ve mostly focused on its walk-up burger window.
A King or Double-Queen Room is still available from $299 a night on opening day, of which the website currently only displays the above artist impression. We like the factory-style rolling doors that return in the headboard design, with the rest showing an expected subdued mix of blues, greys, whites, and browns.
The 1,000+ rooms on East Second Street are only the beginning of a highly-concentrated hotel boom for Austin, with another 1,400 rooms arriving within blocks of the JW Marriott. First up is The Westin Austin Downtown, now scheduled for July 16th on East 5th – a relative lightweight with only 326 rooms. It is making good on its promise of a 2015 opening though, which cannot be said of The Fairmont Austin, now pushed back to 2017, half a decade after it announced its 1,000+ room hotel.
The owner of a gorgeous Art Deco building in Downtown Fort Worth is eager to convert it to a 165-room hotel, specifically an Autograph Collection hotel. It is not a done deal yet, as there are many a design hoop to jump through, but things appear to moving forward, with an anticipated opening in late 2016.
A few years ago, hotels began texting their guests during their stay. Often the texts usually come from the concierge desk to follow up with information about a request. Other times, it comes from the front desk, updating the guest on whatever they might need out of the room.
But at the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk, the concierge and the front desk teamed up on text to get the guest whatever they wanted, which turned out to be various pictures of Nicolas Cage.
You can read the hilarious text message exchange on Imgur. It all started when the hotel welcomed the guest to the hotel and told them to text if the guest needed anything. To which the guest replied:
Can I please have a framed pic of Nic Cage in Conair on my bed by 6?
Strange wish granted.
The JW Marriott Austin is set to open on February 13 and when it does it will be the largest JW Marriott in North America and the second-largest JW Marriott in the world with just over a 1,000 guest rooms.
That's all fine and good but we are far more excited for the planned Burger Bar on Congress restaurant, which is actually a walk-up food truck-style window . Burger Bar on Congress will be open at lunchtime and in the early evening and will serve the holy trinity of burgers, hand-cut fries and shakes.
Right now, we see no other reason to eat anywhere else when staying at the JW Marriott Austin but the hotel does have a few more restaurant options should you be sick of burgers. (Never!)
Across the pond, in Manchester, they are building Hotel Football, exactly what it sounds like--a hotel devoted to the national pastime of football. Now, in Dallas, they are building the American version of Hotel Football--The Omni Frisco Hotel, which is being built in partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Omni will have 300 guest rooms, meeting space, ballroom, several restaurants and bars, and a rooftop pool deck. It will be adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Frisco's Multi-Use Event Center, which are already under construction (That's it on the far right in the photo above.)
No word on whether the rooms will be decked out in Cowboy gear but we can probably expect an "Ultimate Fan" suite, or two.
While the Cowboys won't be playing at their headquarters on game day, they will be using the spot as their training facility. The headquarters will also the team's administrative offices, coaches' offices and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Ding, ding, ding!
The Omni Frisco, which will be the fifth Omni Hotel for the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, will break ground later this spring and should open in early 2017. Let's hope the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl that year. No pressure, though.
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Move over Dubai. Americans will now have a much easier way of skiing indoors. They will simply just need to fly to Texas.
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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It's Fashion Week in NYC but down in Houston, Texas there's another fashion show of sorts taking place. The JW Marriott Houston Downtown, opening later this month, has just unveiled their new uniform collection for hotel associates (aka employees).
The seriously stylish collection was actually inspired by the 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building, which was Houston's first skyscraper and which now houses the luxury hotel brand. A custom blouse print even features a photograph of the building taken in 1910.
David Peck USA designed the men's and women's line which features classic silhouettes for the ladies in the form of pencil skirts, structured jackets, sheath dresses and blouses with neckties and chiffon panels and for the men, neutral tones with splashes of bright blue and peridot and some dandy accessories like bow ties and suspenders. Both the women's and mens lines features custom, hand-woven and fair trade tweed in several pieces.
“Traditional uniforms can mask individuality so we wanted the JW Marriott Houston Downtown associates to stand out and feel confident,” David Peck said n a statement. “The fashionable designs we’ve created empower the associates, both as individuals and as a team, to provide the guests with a quality of service guests that has become synonymous with the JW Marriott brand around the world.”
Take a look at these uniforms, if you can even call them that. They might just be the best ones we've seen yet. Even better, David Peck USA locally manufactured and custom tailored the women's line and used garments from a local shirt maker and menswear manufacturer for the men's line. #keepingitlocal
Now, we just hope these uniforms hold up after a few months of wear.
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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.