I still remember the feeling I had the last time I stayed at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. It felt less like a cavernous conference hotel and more like being a guest at a friend’s spacious estate. I particularly loved the quiet niches and the cozy library, as well as the peaceful paths winding outdoors. Heavenly!
There’s a rebranded hotel in Galveston, situated along the beach just one mile from the Galveston Island Convention Center.
If you’re bound for Austin anytime soon, I’d recommend checking out the JW Marriott Austin. The 34-story hotel, which opened mid-February 2015, is JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Austin.
The hotel is located on a square block bound by Second and Third streets, Brazos Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. It’s within walking distance to the Austin Convention Center, the Texas State Capitol, and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Lake.
Will you be one of the 2.25 million people who travel through the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this holiday season? Then I hope you’ll pause for a selfie in one of the giant walk-in snow globes dotting each of the airport’s five terminals.
The props are part of DFW’s Cheer Starts Here campaign, which includes luggage porters staffing the parking garages, and complimentary coffee vouchers for DFW Airport Valet parking customers and DART passengers. The campaign also marks the unveiling of remodeled gates and other conveniences.
If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.
If you’re coordinating group meetings or events in Austin, you’ll soon have another option. The JW Marriott Austin, set to open on Feb. 13, 2015, is now accepting guest reservations. I recently spoke with a hotel spokeswoman who said the public areas inside the hotel are about 80 percent complete, including the meeting spaces, lobby, restaurants, bars, Starbucks, pool and fitness center.
Yesterday, my daughter and I stopped at Target optical so she could try on eyeglass frames. There were no other customers. Within a few minutes, we sat down with a store employee to place our order. I recited my address and began sharing our insurance information, but the store’s phone rang and the employee -- without saying a word to us -- began a lengthy call from a person who I could only assume was a coworker. As they discussed spotty Internet service and a glitchy data system, we left. And I have no intention of ever going back.
I am insatiably curious and always keen to learn something new, but I find that I am surprised by the seemingly familiar more often than not. Case in point? The Palm restaurant in Philadelphia. This elegant steakhouse is tucked inside the landmark Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel. It exudes that classic steakhouse appeal – a dark wood bar, a buzzy “business is getting done here” ambience and professional male waiters sporting jackets.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and The Howard Hughes Corporation recently announced that the Westin brand will soon open its fifth hotel in greater Houston - The Westin, The Woodlands. Located 27 miles north of downtown Houston, the 302-room hotel will debut at the end of 2015 within The Woodlands, one of the country’s premier, master-planned communities and leading business centers.
One of the phrases that my mother often utters is "kill two birds with one stone." She’s far from violent. Instead, she is highly organized and is the embodiment of a multi-tasker. Like mother, like daughter. I love nothing better than getting two things done at once and just last week I managed to do just that. I interviewed a terrific Philadelphia personality (stay tuned to read that fun interview in our fall issue) and rediscovered a terrific event space. Our interview just so happened to be a lunch meeting at Cuba Libre.