Dallas,TX, is a unique place. Situated in middle America, it’s a hub of thriving business and an emerging culture that recognizes it’s cowboy past as it prepares for the high-tech future. At the center of it all is the Hilton Anatole, a local icon and destination within itself. We kicked off our boots for a few nights while touring the city.
The hotel takes its name from a restaurant that developer and builder Trammel Crow frequented in Copenhagen. Completed in 1979, the building was constructed to house 1,000 rooms in two pyramid-topped buildings as part of the Dallas Market Center complex. It was later renovated to include a 27-story tower containing 700 rooms, a ballroom, meeting space, shops, a health club, and a seven-acre garden. In 1984, it even hosted the Republican National Convention where President Ronald Reagan was the keynote speaker.
Today guests can walk inside, across marble floors and under high ceilings, to see the unique Asian-designed atrium lobby complemented by reflecting pools, greenery and comfortable seating areas. The Hilton Anatole is home to one of the largest Asian art collections in the world, with more than 1,000 pieces of fine art on display throughout the hotel. Part of this art collection includes hand-carved Asian elephants that were brought in during the 1984 Republican National Convention.
The Anatole accommodations offer a range of rooms and suites, each with luxury linens, WiFi access, and flat-screen HDTVs. We opted for an Executive level room, which gave us special access to executive level check-in, lounge with flat-screen television, downtown view, Concierge on duty, full bar, and complimentary continental breakfast and hors d’oeuvres. The rooms offer their own pieces of Asian artwork and welcome the guest with plush, oversized pillows and comfortable beds. The large windows look out towards the unique Dallas skyline, except for atrium rooms, which have an inviting atrium balcony.
The Anatole is equal parts secluded and social. For Dallas meetings and events, this is a prominent destination. The award-winning Hilton Anatole hotel and the experienced Event Services Team help plan unforgettable events, from large conventions to intimate weddings. As of 2011, the Anatole has been host five times to QuakeCon, the largest LAN party in North America. The Anatole also hosts the annual Crystal Charity Ball, one of the largest single night charitable events in the United States. The Anatole is also the site for A-Kon, the longest running anime convention in the US.
Relax and have fun in the hotel’s recreational facilities. The Verandah Health Club has a variety of cardio and strength equipment, an indoor pool and relaxation rooms. Indulge with a treatment at V Spa, lounge by the outdoor pool or unwind with a jog around the seven-acre Sculpture Park. The hotel’s four Dallas restaurants offer a range of dishes and experiences from bistro food to a world-class steak house called SĒR Steak + Spirits. The Anatole might tempt you with its artistic history, strong culinary appeal and reliably excellent service, that you just might forget to get out and explore the city.
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