The Holiday Inn in Dallas Spiffs Up for George W. Bush's New Library
The 42nd president of the United States, George W. Bush is getting his own presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the hotels are expecting to fill up because of it. Yes, differing political leanings aside, President Barack Obama and all living presidents will attend the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum tomorrow though the library officially open to the public the first week of May.
Word on the street is that both the Hotel Palomar and the Hotel Lumen (both Kimpton Hotels), which are within walking distance of the library, are sold out or close to it. And one hotel, The Holiday Inn Dallas, Central-Park Cities recently underwent a $9 million, year-long renovation to spiff up its offerings for the influx of library visitors (estimated to be about 500,000 a year.)
Previously a Radisson, the property changed over to the Holiday Inn flag in November and thanks to the renovation, now has a boutique-y new look with upgraded guest, meeting rooms and common spaces. We especially dig the hotel's Great Room-style lobby which features a bar and a cafe. (This is not your parents' Holiday Inn, that's for sure!) Plus the spot is still working on a LED-illuminated "fin" on the exterior which should further modernize the hotel's look.
Of course, the hotel is sold out tomorrow for the library dedication ceremony but we found rooms open on May 1 for just $98.99.
[Photos courtesy of Holiday Inn Dallas Central Park Cities]