from Phoenix, AZ
Submitted on 28-07-2016
We had stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort some years ago, so knew about what to expect with the Gaylord Texan, in Grapevine, TX - large, atrium design, shops, restaurants and bars, and nice accommodations. We were there for several meetings, planned on property (very convenient, as one has so much from meeting rooms, to hotel rooms, plus all sorts of amenities, and under one roof - a very big roof). If one has not previously been to a Gaylord property, it takes a moment to get their mind arou...
We had stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort some years ago, so knew about what to expect with the Gaylord Texan, in Grapevine, TX - large, atrium design, shops, restaurants and bars, and nice accommodations. We were there for several meetings, planned on property (very convenient, as one has so much from meeting rooms, to hotel rooms, plus all sorts of amenities, and under one roof - a very big roof). If one has not previously been to a Gaylord property, it takes a moment to get their mind around it. In general terms, imagine a large hotel/resort, built in a circle, with a very, very large courtyard within that "circle." Then, imagine that the entire courtyard is covered over by glass, and air conditioned. Within the courtyard, expect rivers, waterfalls, shops, restaurants, and any number of attractions. Just walking, and observing things in that courtyard, can take a good hour, and as many things are tucked away into little nooks and crannies, you will likely never find/see them all.
As Marriott elite members, we were immediately upgraded to what is called an "Executive Suite," which was very well-appointed, large and with it own small balcony, overlooking the "courtyard" under the atrium ceiling. I anticipated some noise, as we were on a low floor, immediately above an Italian restaurant, with al fresco seating, but we heard nothing - even from the music in the atrium.
Though I have a good sense of direction, the first thing that I did was get a property map, for each of us - then the next was to explore. The courtyard is lovely, with plantings everywhere. The "streams" and "waterfalls" are, of course, man made (think Disney here), but well done. Coupled with the well-maintained trees and flowers, quite lovely, and I prefer natural beauty, over even well-crafted beauty, but still, I had to admit that much was beautiful.
That map, will be invaluable, in the Gaylord Texan. While not as large, and as intricate as the Gaylord Opryland, it IS big, and spread out, though under a single roof.
The suite was lovely, with a comfortable King bed, and large bathroom. There was enough storage for a family of two to stay a full week, and not fill up the closets and drawers with all of their clothes. We had a safe, coffeemaker, Iron/ironing board, hair dryer, a desk with plenty of outlets for charging devices, mini-fridge, large sitting area and a large-screen TV. We would have loved a walk-in shower, as my wife has two artificial hips, but only a tub/shower was available in the suites. The tub was low enough, so as to not cause any problems.
The courtyard, as mentioned, is filled with plants, water features, shops, bars and restaurants, and the RelĂąche Spa, is just off of it, adjacent to an indoor pool. Tucked away in the lush greenery of the courtyard, there are two model train setups. Not sure of the history of either, but they did seem a bit out of place - but were enjoyable to watch and study, none the less. I would anticipate that someone in the organization was a model train buff, and just had these installations placed around the courtyard. There are also a few vestiges of "railroading" in the design of the gardens, with an ancient, washed out railroad trestle, above a stream.
The range of bars, and restaurants is extensive, and runs a broad price-point gamut - almost something for everyone, and at any price range.
For a convention, or large business meeting, the Gaylord Texan is an ideal location, not far from Dallas. The rooms are comfortable, and the dining options extensive. The meeting rooms are very accommodating, and were easily configured, and re-configured by the staff, during breaks, so very flexible. The entire staff was a joy to encounter, from the bellmen/valets, to front desk, to the gardeners, who were constantly busy, watering, trimming, replanting or just giving love to all of the plants. No one was less than very good, with a few reaching for the descriptor of "excellent."