Luxury, class, beauty, and top-notch service…no doubt, I’m referring to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center--which is a sibling property in the Gaylord Hotel and Resort family. They have perfected a “one-stop-shop” of sorts by enveloping everything under one roof: accommodations, entertainment, and dining.
The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, at Lake Grapevine, is a “Tour of Texas” and features the historical and pioneer character of the Lone Star State. This palatial complex welcomes guests with warm esthetics of an impressive four-and-a-half acres indoor garden, refreshing water streams and falls, fine wood furniture and Southwestern accents that rival those at Southfork Ranch, and a majestic glass atrium that is trademark of the Gaylord properties. Surrounding the property is a stunning marina. Of course, that is just the tip of the iceberg of its luxurious offerings. No wonder it’s the official hotel of the Dallas Cowboys!
The Gaylord Texan has four distinct guestroom options with varying decor and layouts
(as detailed on their website):
“Hill Country Guest Rooms
Slip into a rustic retreat made warm and inviting with dark woods and accented with copper and bronze metals tones. Native American and Lantana ornamentation decorates the walls of both the bath and room. A plush leather chair offers the perfect landing spot after a long day of shopping or meetings.
Lone Star Tower Guest Rooms
These stately guest rooms were inspired by the majesty and grandeur of a cattle baron's ranch house. Warm, textured walls provide a sumptuous "leathered" look, while an elegant color scheme of Texas sage greens, rich gold and deep mocha accents add a dash of understated splendor. The spa-like oasis of your bath area is complemented by a marble bath with a double vanity. No detail has been overlooked, including stained millwork crown molding and a two-tone inlayed, book-matched veneer in the armoire and bed.
Riverwalk Guest Rooms
Old Mexico comes to life in the Riverwalk guest rooms. Gold tones and stucco-like walls capture the magic of a Texas sunset while creamy golden vanities create a soothing bath-area oasis. The "hot salsa" colors in the bedspread spice up the décor, adding an extra kick of fun.
Gaylord Texan Suites
Versatile, spacious and uniquely appointed, Suites create environments perfect for relaxing or hosting a welcome reception or high-end cocktail party. Our suites include a moderate size living room and optional connecting bedrooms offering endless possibilities for entertaining or small corporate meetings.”
The distinct hotel has a whopping 1,511 guestrooms, including 127 suites. The hotel rooms feature:
- Comfortable custom-made mattresses with luxurious bedding
- Oversized lounge chairs in king rooms
- Executive desk with chair
- In-Room computing systems with a host of hotel services and high-speed Internet access
- Two dual-line telephones with speakerphones (one is cordless)
- Bedside alarm clock equipped with CD player
- In-room safe
- Remote control television with cable
- Personal coffee maker, complimentary coffee and tea
- Full size iron and ironing board
- Guest voice mail service
- In-room pay-per-view movies and music service
- "Consider it Done" button, located on every guest phone, is part of the commitment made by the hotel's STAR employees to meet the diverse needs of every hotel guest. By pressing "Consider it Done," guests can ask questions or request a wide range of services.
The Gaylord Texan boasts an impressive variety of restaurants and lounges.
- Old Hickory Steakhouse-Premium Angus beef, seafood, wine, etc.
- Zeppole-Coastal Italian cuisine and wines
- Riverwalk Cantina-Tex-Mex al fresco dining replicating the San Antonio River Walk
- Silver Bar -Bar reminiscent of a saloon from the Old West
- Texan Station-Sports bar and atmosphere, with a 30' x 52' wall of sports screens, rows of comfy lounge chairs, golf simulator, etc.
- Java Coast-premium coffees, pastry, sandwiches, salads, desserts, wine/bottled beer
- Pool Bar & Grille--Refreshing cold beverages and light snacks poolside
- Glass Cactus-High-energy nightclub with live music venue and five bars
The Gaylord Texan complex features numerous attractions from golf at the Cowboys Golf Club to live music at the Glass Cactus. You can have a ball in the water at Paradise Springs or chill with friends watching a game at Texan Station. The choices are endless!
Relache Spa and Fitness Center
The divine 25,000 square foot European-inspired spa facility offers massages, facials, and body treatments. The state-of-the-art 4,000 square foot fitness center features many fitness as well as relaxing options, including cardio equipment with virtual environments, and steam and sauna rooms for unwinding and detoxing.
Paradise Springs Resort Pool
As described on its website:
“Gaylord Texan's western-themed 10-acre resort pool & lazy river complex, Paradise Springs, delights visitors with entertaining water features, tasty cuisine, outdoor lawn games, and sun bathing decks. Grab an inner tube to begin your relaxing journey down a 600-foot-long winding lazy river or start soaking up the sun on one of the pool's 1,200 seats including chaise loungers, beach chairs, family-style rounds, and private cabanas. Make a splash in the 6,000-square-foot family lagoon featuring a 27-foot-tall winding waterslide, 2 horseshoe-shaped hot pools, and a dedicated toddler pool. For those craving outdoor adventure between dips in the pool, the game pavilion offers bocce ball, croquet, tossers, shuffleboard, and a large campfire pit. And to satisfy the Texas-sized appetites that accompany a day of play at the pool, Paradise Springs offers a full-service Pool Bar & Grill, quick-order concession stand, and poolside menus. Pack your bags to escape to the most enchanting pool in the Wild West!”
The Gaylord Texan offers over 10,000 square feet of retail therapy in the form of unique boutiques featuring items from apparel to art original to Texas.
Weddings and Banquets
The Gaylord Texan is the ideal setting for all your wedding events. They have a professional planners and catering managers to assist you in planning your big day as well as pre- and post-wedding events.
Meetings and Conventions
The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center is ideal for meetings, conventions and events of all sizes. The resort is listed as the most technologically sophisticated hotel in the Southwest, and boasts over 400,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the 180,000-square-foot Longhorn Exhibit Hall.
The Gaylord Texan is conveniently located within 6 minutes of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport. There are various forms of transportation to/from DFW Airport and Love Field Airport, whether shuttle, private car or taxi.
The Gaylord Texan Transportation department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for individuals and groups.
In summary, Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center is the embodiment of doing it big, marvelously, and with lots of heart--deep in the heart of Texas.
Special thanks to The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Martha Niebling, Director of PR and Marketing, Nicole Williams, Marketing Manager, and Paula Growden and Tyler Thoren in Celebrity Services for their “flawless” hospitality.
Originally published on Examiner.com.____________
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