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In a new exhibit at The Dallas Museum of Art, paintings that once hung on the walls of suite 850 (pictured above) in the Hotel Texas will be gathered together for the first time since November 22, 1963. And if that suite number—or the date—seem significant, then you're right. It's where President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy spent their last night before the former President's assassination.
The Washington Post reports on an interesting background story about the artworks: prior to the Kennedys' arrival, local newspapers had painted such a bad portrait of the hotel's "unremarkable" Suite 850 that prominent citizens rallied to fill the space with some impressive highbrow art.
And now the museum is re-assembling the collection in time for the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's death. Visitors to the exhibit will get to experience the exact same art that the Kennedys did in 1963, thereby re-living a unique moment in US hotel history.
And as it turns out this hotel took even longer than Six Columbus to open--about ten years. The hotel opened its doors yesterday and guests will first arrive to spend the night on Saturday.
With a garden on the roof above its grand ballroom and an outdoor swimming pool on the third floor, the Omni aims to impress meeting planners with its Texas decor and upscale features. There are four restaurants on the first floor, a museum store with merchandise from the Kimbell Art Museum and a $1 million, three-story stone wall with staircases and escalators surrounding it.
But this hotel won't always be business travelers and convention-goers. The hotel just announced that the AFC football champions will stay here during the Superbowl in 2011. And here's another random fact: the hotel has more than 1,000 televisions.
Online reservations were not yet up and running for this weekend, however the hotel is offering a "Worth the Wait" package with an introductory rate of $99 a night. It's only good for Texas residents though, from Jan. 31st to February 28th on Friday or Saturday nights. Hmm...we think this "Worth the Wait" package is something other hotels (cough, Smyth, cough) should offer as well!