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For now, the Dallas/Fort Worth area -- who, it seems, is always one of the first cities in the country to see properties from new chains -- will have to make do with their sparkling new Alofts to get their Starwood fixes for now.
Element Irving, which we had originally heard would be opening on November 1st (this Saturday), is delayed. Per their website, the first Element in Texas won't be offering up its eco-conscious rooms until February 19th, 2009. While we'd like to think the folks out there changed their minds about the decidedly blah design and wanted to some extra time to jazz it up a bit, it's probably just another hotel construction delay.
Meanwhile, Aloft Las Colinas is officially up and running, though there are no reviews on TripAdvisor just yet and we haven't heard much about it (tipsters?). Aloft Plano, however, has us scratching our heads: last we checked, the hotel still seemed on track for its November 20th opening. Then we hopped on over to their website and saw they were taking reservations for arrival on or after November 13th; then we called, where an outgoing voicemail informed us the hotel would be "opening October 2008." So, Aloft Plano is, er, coming soon-ish.
While we were busy blogging about Starwood's Aloft, we almost missed the hotel chain's other swiftly replicating twin, element. This time it's their location in Irving, Texas, officially opening on November 1st.
Decidely blah in style next to its clubby sibling (case in point their Lexington, MA location) we'll be watching to see if they administer a bit of color-correcting to what has proven to be some dreary, minimalist decor. Lively up yourself!
Why Irving? It's a smart real estate decision, sandwiched between the sister cities of Dallas and Forth Worth. It's a mecca for sports junkies... and museums. There are three alone dedicated to the history of aviation, go figyuh. It has the The Kimball Art Museum, and The Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art (home to many Remingtons).
And it's home to one of the most amazing sculptures ever created, The Mustangs of Los Colinas.
The website says they're not accepting reservations, but they're taking "inquiries."