Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
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After a little over 12 hours of driving and traveling 813 miles, Blake and I made it to Dallas for our fraternity convention. We will be here for two nights and are excited to relax a little. Tomorrow I am gonna have lunch with my Texan cousins then come back to our hotel and relax. Our fraternity chapter paid for a room so Blake and I are staying …
Work afforded me an opportunity to visit the great state of Texas in May, 2011. Lessons learned: I now understand what a 'dry heat' feels like, there are endless red meat options, and yes, everyone does drive a truck ;-)
- Adolphus: imagine your grandmothers floral outdated sitting room. Now scale it to hotel proportions. (2/5 …
Wow all I have to report about this trip was once we arrived at the hotel we left once for dinner (it was a business trip for a trade show) and a second time to go to the airport. Hotel in my opinion was nice but alot of crazy fees.
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Saturday: We made it to the Gaylord last night.. Beautiful hotel, similar to the other Gaylords. Seems a bit smaller than Nashville and Orlando, but that is okay, still plenty big enough! Doug and Bill went to their meetings. I walked around the grounds and took the trolley to Grapevine Mills Mall. It is funny how all the Mills Malls are exactly …
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Dinner - Tex Mex
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Stayed here for a conference, had an amazing time. Great pool, big rooms, wonderful restaurants, nearby Grapevine is really enjoyable.
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The hotel landscaping will look nicer as new plants mature. Check-in and out was smooth. The atrium interior is quite impressive, as was my room. However, the restaurants are expensive, with no fast-food outlets of any type. The one outdoor pool was a major disappointment. Very small and crowded for such a big hotel. The hotel bills itself as being "on Lake Grapevine". Be advised that you can't walk to the lake. As a matter of fact, I couldn't even see the lake from the hotel, even though it is quite large. But the biggest drawback is the location. Unless you want to go to Grapevine Mills Mall or little downtown Grapevine, you are a long ways from anything. The help-desk handed me a brochure when I inquired about tours and said I would have to make my own arrangements. They did offer to arrange transportation to a Rangers game in Arlington for $110 round trip, tip not included. So, to summarize, it's a very nice hotel with very little to do close by. I was there four days in late August.
We recently celebrated our anniversary at the Gaylord Texan Resort. We live quite close to the hotel so I wasn't going to pay $200 per night for a room when I'm 7 miles away! The Gaylord charges for parking, but get it validated and they won't charge anything (at least for self park). Walking into this resort is bright - bustling, lots of people, lots of weddings, receptions, conventions, and reunions going on in this place. We decided to eat at Stephen Pyles' concept restaurant Ama Lur. This is a tapas bar style, and the portions are small. We chose this restaurant because it was the medium priced of all the restaurants. It's an interesting concept. But very loud...if you're looking for any sort of intimacy, DON'T go to this restaurant. Our server was very helpful, however the beer my husband ordered did not come out in a timely matter. She finally came back and apologized and gave him a free beer, which was OK but way too much time had passed. The portions are small. There are stacks of plates on the table, which encourage patrons to share their meals. Definitely an "out of my comfort box" experience. We then walked around the resort. Very interesting, the Texas River Walk is fun. But be warned, this resort is not for children. If you bring your kids, be sure to keep an eye on them. There are lots of walking areas which give you the feel you're in a river bottom. Seeing the plants in the different gardens was interesting also. All in all, if you're going to check it out, it's worth checking out once. I probably won't go back, except maybe to show an out-of-towner.
Stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resport just last weekend (late July 2004). We had a fantastic stay and loved the resort!
The Gaylord is worth visiting... Our stay of 2 days was good. The rooms are clean and comfortable and everyone was really nice to us. Someone said that it is not "kids friendly"... I believe IT is a place FOR kids... THe pool is very small for the size of the hotel and impossible to find a place around it! You can keep an eye on your kids easily!!
Not Child Friendly
I thought the hotel was going to be funnier and more geared toward children. The pool is small and has very little shade. There is no kiddy pool. It is crowded and not big enough to hold everyone stating at this huge hotel. Room was spacy and nice.
Another rainy Texas weekend, so we thought we'd drive down the road and try out the new Gaylord Texan. It is not named Opryland Texas. I'm familiar with the area, but still had a little trouble finding it since Hwy. 26 is not well marked. They need more directional signs at the highway exits for this one. Very close to the airport and Grapevine Mills mall if you're not from the area.
We had heard good things about Stephen Pyles involvement in Ama Lar at the Gaylord Texan and decided to give it a try. What a disappointing experience! We went on a Saturday night without a reservation and were told it would be a 30 to 45 minute wait - no problem. We went to the bar and ordered drinks. Service was slow but friendly, so we were ok. Then, my margarita came accompanied by 6 or 7 fruit flies in the glass. The bartender was embarrassed, but not overly apologetic. I ordered the Don Julio tequila flight to replace my margarita. It took forever to get it because they ran out of tequila. By the time it came, our table was ready. No offer of assistance from the hostess as I tried to juggle 3 glasses of tequila on the way to our table. Service at the table was prompt. We ordered the Endive, blue cheese and spiced pecan salad as one of our appetizers. It was good, but had a rubber band in it. After the fruit flies AND rubber band I'd had enough and decided to complain. The waitress comped our meal, which was nice, but seemed angry at us instead of being angry at the staff in the kitchen. We left her a $20 tip as the "extras" we received weren't her fault. Don't know if I'll give them a second chance. On a positive note - the guitar player at the bar was really good as was the Don Julio 1942. Yum!
Beautiful and pricey
The new Gaylord is simply put, a gorgeous hotel. My room was not overly large, but the accents and the decor were very pleasing and the bathroom was luxurious. Walking around the hotel and partaking of the various bars and restaurants and shops is an enjoyable, albeit, expensive way too spend an evening.
The place is so new there were a few glitches, like the competing sound systems in the Texas Station bar (jazz from one side and pop from the other), but overall a very pleasant experience.
Stayed here from 4/19/04 - 4/23/04. Hotel is less than a month old. I stayed in a King Size bed room on the 9th floor of one of the sections. It was a view of the lake, nice. Balcony in room, but thing is this lets in bugs/insects into the room for the next guest. Errors with TV menu, seems another room was controlling my television, I even saw the other person's account activity. Bathroom showerhead is very cheap and it came off. So bad shower. Room service will deliver food 30 mins or less or it's free. Lobby and grounds inside hotel nice, like a garden oasis. So good to walk around hotel. No cheap food here, but that is expected from a hotel like this. Everyone seems really nice (expected since they just started working). I'm bothered by the size of the hotel's bathrooms near the convention center. Only 3 urinals and small. I expect a BIG bathroom to support the amount of convention people. So nice hotel overall. Food good.
I went with my friend on the evening of opening day, April 2, 2004. It was not bad, but the restaurants were TOO expensive and lacked ethnic variety. One was a steak place. We checked their menu at the front door. A piece of steak was about $36! Extra sauce was $3.50. For that price, we'd rather be eating at Fogo de Chao! We decided to eat at the River Walk Cafe instead, which offered a buffet dinner for $24. It was so-so--typical American buffet fare. The DFW Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel buffet place, "Papaya's", was a lot better and included 2 whole lobsters for around the same price. For that matter, I'd rather be eating at Tokyo One Sushi in Addison for the same price. Furthermore, the River Walk Cafe didn't even think of providing a wet towel nor even those disposable handy-wipes since they served BBQ ribs (which were quite good). They didn't have their own bathroom, so I couldn't wash my sticky, brown fingers after eating the ribs. I had only the cloth napkin to wipe with which I had to lay on my lap again after wiping.