This hotel was quite the experience for me. One of my co-workers was laying over in Dallas the night that I was flying in so we ended up staying here together. We had a fantastic client dinner at one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Hard Eight BBQ is an experience in itself. I highly recommend it for a trip with customers. But this hotel had literally just been built. When I say “just been built” I mean that we were the first guests in our room. This meant one thing to me – NEW TOWELS.
The lobby here is a beautiful open concept with 70′ ceilings and a nice lounge here. The second floor of the lobby leads to the restaurant area where there is a great breakfast buffet, especially tasteful for a Hilton breakfast. The workout room here is located right next to the pool – awesome – and state of the art equipment and water cooler. I unfortunately was also there for the first fire alarm drill. Luckily, they catered pizza to the lobby while we waited.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Market Center – $120
I chose to make this cover photo the pool, not because this was the only thing, but because it was the best non-luxury hotel pool I have been to. I spent every day doing work out here in the shade and jumping in every 30 minutes (it’s really hot in Dallas right now). The rooms here were spacious like most other HGI hotels but the bar area was my favorite. The lounge was less spectacular than I had hoped but the bar and food made up for it.
The only downside to staying here at the time was the parking structure being under construction. It was alright since I have the Hilton Diamond parking spots but for most people I could see this being a headache. I really enjoyed the location here too, being only ten minutes from Uptown and a lot of the younger crowd bars. Rustic restaurant in Dallas allowed for a fun evening with clients watching a concert and having great margaritas.
The Westin Downtown is obviously appreciated for its location, being right in the middle of everything and within walking distance of the Deep Ellum area which is super attractive right now for young professionals. There are tons of great restaurants and breweries right in this area. The Westin was beautiful throughout with elegant decorations in the lobby and each room compiled with care.
My favorite part was the view from the higher floors, especially on one side where you have this to overlook. Belo Garden was designed by local artists and instituted by the Belo Corporation. This beautiful garden offers an escape from your workday and the view of it at night is astounding.