Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

Address: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas, 76051-1945, United States | 5 star resort
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This 5 star resort, located on 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, is near Grapevine Historic Main Street District, Cowboys Golf Club, La Buena Vida Vineyards, and SuVino Winery.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsGaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center Grapevine

          Reviewed by quinlet

          Huge resort

          Reviewed May 30, 2014
          by (3 reviews) Canterbury , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          This hotel is quite monstrous and very themed. In fact so themed it almost turni into a pastiche of itself. And like so many over themed places it becomes more than a bit phony at times. And it's huge and inevitably a bit impersonal, despite the best efforts of well-trained staff. Their personalisation is also pleasant but a bit ersatz. Having said that the bedroom is very comfortable (although you have to pay for decent wi-fi) and there is a good choice of restaurants.

          If you don't have to leave the complex then it's a pleasant enough place to be (though I wouldn't choose to come here) but if you do want to leave then it's too far from anywhere to walk.

          This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

          Reviewed by kcolletts

          Met w/ Sue

          Reviewed May 15, 2013
          by (1 review) , United States Flag of United States

          Dinner - Tex Mex

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          Reviewed by lauren06

          Bigger and better in Texas

          Reviewed May 31, 2011
          by (2 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          Stayed here for a conference, had an amazing time. Great pool, big rooms, wonderful restaurants, nearby Grapevine is really enjoyable.

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          Historical Traveler Reviews Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center Grapevine

          Good and not-so-good


          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.

          Too much...


          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.

          Gaylord Texan Resort - Grapevine, TX


          Stayed at the Gaylord Texan Resport just last weekend (late July 2004). We had a fantastic stay and loved the resort!

          Pros: Resort all enclosed under a glass dome. Feel of outside while enjoying the wonderful A/C. During summertime in Dallas area, a definte plus!

          Recreation of San Antonio's riverwalk atmosphere, including a replica of the Alamo. Beautiful plant life, surprised no animals, birds, or fish. But, I guess that would creat alot more maintenance!

          Room with Atrium view the best. Small balcony, but the view made up for it!

          Dancing fountains and beautiful grounds!

          Great place for a wedding!

          Great family oriented sports bar with about 20 or so big screens to watch a different sport on each screen.

          Breakfast at RiverWalk Cafe $16/adults & $8/kids, all you can eat buffet. Felt price was reasonable. But, cost jumped to $28/person for brunch. That I felt was pricey!

          Staff VERY curteous and helpful.

          NEGATIVES: $9/day self park fee

          $3/day tech fee (even if you don't use computer link)

          Swimming pools - one indoor and one outdoor. Outdoor pool too SMALL for 1500 rooms! Also, it was just a plain pool. You are disappointed when you go from atrium WOW to plain small pool! They have space and I would HIGHLY recommend stepping pool atmosphere up a notch! I would think a couple neat pools outside with slides and swim up bars (one bar for kids, other for adults) would step this resort up several notches with world travelers!

          Too much...


          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!!

          Kids will be excited about the size of the hotel... but I don't think is representative of GOOD taste... is purely TEXAN, big, big and big... The restaurants are pricey and a small bottle of water in the room is $3 dollars +taxes!!

          The staff in the hotel are very kind about giving directions. The area around the hotel is really a maze of highways... And they charge $9 per day for self-parking and $18 for valet parking... (go for self parking, is just a short walk!!)

          I wouldn't go again.

          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.

          Not as good as we'd hoped


          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.

          The hotel itself is beautiful. More rustic than I expected, with stone, leather, rocks, and cement "rivers". Decor runs from absolutely beautiful (leather chairs, rugs) to downright cheesy (what is with that deformed stuffed horse?). Checkin was okay but I could see where it could get crowded if a convention was checking in at the same time. No stanchions or ropes to keep lines in order. Valet parking was crowded both Saturday and Sunday, and was $18. Way too expensive for the 10 minute wait.

          The room was beautiful. The bed was great - nice linens and pillows. We got the "deluxe turndown" package which consisted of a robe, I guess. No one ever came to turn down our bed, or leave us chocolates. The bathroom is the best part - big, with double sinks, a stool and marble countertops. The bathtub is normal sized and our makeup mirror didn't work. Our main complaint was with the air conditioner - it would not stay on. We had to reset it time and time again, and it made a noise every time the fam came on. Not worth $200 per night with the hassle.

          We tried the steakhouse and it was absolutely the best filet I've ever had. Be warned, though - this meal was $178 for two people and we only had one glass of wine and no dessert. This restaurant is NOT for children. Lots of fois gras, calamari, steck, cherries jubliee, etc. Really good food, though. Go early or make reservations.

          The hotel is laid out in a circle, with three restaurants, a sports bar and shops on the perimeter. The atrium has the river (no fish or rocks, just water) and lots of steps, pathways, etc. The pools were a BIG disappointment. Not very big and nothing special about them at all.

          I may try the Gaylor Texan again, but I'll wait until they get several more months under their belts to get all the little frills right.

          Ama Lar - A disappointing experience


          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.

          Little Details


          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.

          Gaylord Texas Did Not Meet Expectations


          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.

          Very messy. Eventually, I didn't care if I looked bad--I "washed" my sticky fingers in the glass of water that they had served me.

          The hotel itself was alright, but lacked the polish that I would expect from a hotel costing $328 million. This is no Bellagio or Venetian. It didn't have any marble columns or floors. The carpet was way too gaudy and you could tell the material and design looked rather cheapish. I didn't see any nice crystal chandeliers or impressive artwork. What you do see is a lot of concrete and faux rocks (in the atrium), and way too many southwestern themes. The River Walk was disappointing. Although it looked on the map as though it was one continuous body of water, it was, in fact, broken up into sections. Where you'd expect it to go under a bridge is, in fact, a wall. I used one of the men's rooms. The hot water at the sink was hot, that's for sure, but it came out from both the hot AND cold faucets. The paper towel dispensers were empty and guests, including me, were seen wiping their hands on their pants to dry them. I must admit the architecture of the atrium itself was quite spectacular. True, I didn't have a chance to check out the convention center, the marina, stay in one of the hotel rooms, or eat at the other restaurants. But based on what I did see and experience, I must say that the hotel, on the whole, did not meet my expectations.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center Grapevine

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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          Traveler Photos Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center Grapevine

          Lobby entrance
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          Cute little toy train display
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          Inside the resort
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