STAYCATION: Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center | Grapevine, Texas
This week definitely felt like an early weekend as my mom and I rolled our suitcases into our guest room at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. If you're familiar with me and my location, you know that I don't exactly live far from the resort. So what was my reason for spending two relaxing nights here? Aside from the fact that my mom had a convention to attend, I simply came along for a staycation.
I'm no stranger to the Gaylord Texan, but each time is just as glorious as the last. No two seasons are the same as they're always adding attractions for the family to enjoy. From the Alamo-themed atrium to the seasonal light shows, the atmosphere remains exciting.
Travel Tip: Looking for a quick staycation at an affordable price? The Gaylord Texas often offers last-minute weekend deals!
Our Guest Room
Initially, it wasn't in the plan for me to come along, so we were happy to see two queen-sized beds neatly made. The guest room was very spacious with a small sitting area and a desk for me to get work done. Although the room was sized well, our view for this particular room was facing the roof. While it wasn't exactly the view we hoped for, the size definitely compensated and we were also given quite a few options at check-in. There are options for lake, atrium, partial atrium views as well as suites.
I am extremely picky when it comes to hotels because not all are sanitary and if I'm going to lay my head there at night, everything needs to be spot-on. I mean, have y'all seen Hotel Hell?! *gags* One thing I absolutely loved was the bedding. The pillows were nicely fluffed and supported my neck, and the sheets had a high thread count which didn't give me that creepy crawly feeling I get sometimes.
From a home decor lover, my mom pointed out the great amount of texture in the room. Every piece from the walls to the headboards on the beds has texture, but it makes still makes sense and doesn't clash.
One of my absolute favorite things about the hotel is the spacious bathroom and lighting. I pay attention to details especially when it comes to the space where I have to get ready in the morning! There are Kohler sinks installed that each face opposite directions at slight angle so you're not bumping elbows with your mate while trying to move around. Genius!
The first thing I look at when I get settled at a hotel is the room service menu. Yes, I'm a very hungry girl! Actually, I was so hungry on our first night that we ordered dinner and I completely forgot to take photos with my DLSR...but I do have an Instagram shot of the bacon cheeseburger I had!
I was still knocked out from a late night while my mom was getting ready for her busy day, so by the time I woke up at 10AM, I had just one hour left to order breakfast. Executive decisions had to be made!
After quickly browsing the menu, I decided on french toast lightly sprinkled with powdered with fresh strawberries and blueberries (my favorite), a side of smoked bacon (4 thick cut strips), and a glass of high pulp orange juice.
The service each time we ordered was excellent. A delivery time was given and it was accurate or earlier both times. They also ensured we had everything we ordered rather than simply pushing the cart into the room, collecting a tip, and peacing out. We were also able to pay with cash or a separate credit/debit card, so if you're staying on someone else's dime and don't want them to get billed for your extreme hunger...these are options!
The atrium is one of the most beautiful parts of the resort and it's great for those with allergies who might almost die from outside air. I know that struggle.
There are plants galore and restaurants where you can be right in the midst of it all! Plus, if you have a room with an atrium view, this entire area is your view with a full skylight providing guests plenty of vitamin D. The atrium also changes throughout the season. I've heard it's beautiful at Christmas, but I haven't been during that time of year yet. Currently, there is an Alice in Wonderland theme (hence the mushrooms and inflatables).
Nearby Shopping & Dining Destinations
The Gaylord Texas is located near the DFW International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, so if you're visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex from out-of-town and are looking for a resort, I would absolutely recommend this one. It's perfect whether you're traveling with your significant other or with the little ones. There something for everyone on and off the property!
Approximately 12 minutes away is the Southlake Town Square with a variety of retail stops and restaurants. I decided to make a stop at Sephora and pick up some goodies, but there are several other stores such as Coach, Lily Pulitzer, Michael Kors, and small boutiques. If you're a bargain shopper, then Grapevine Mills just might be your cup of tea with 180 stores -- most of the anchors are outlet/discount.
After I got my little Sephora bag (see my mini haul courtesy of Sephora, below), I stopped by The Cheesecake Factory for our dinner. My mom and I each ate the miso salmon dinner and shared a large slice of the Linda's Fudge Cake.
There's plenty to do in the area. Not to worry!
I can't wait to stay at the Gaylord Texan again! Since it was still during the week, I was in the room working during most of our full day at the resort, so I didn't have time to visit the Paradise Springs Lagoon before it closed. I was really hoping to relax poolside in one of my new swimsuits and order a couple of drinks. *sad face* Maybe next time! Nevertheless, it's an amazing staycation spot because you'll forget that you're even in Dallas which is exactly what a Dallasite needs sometimes. I'll be back soon!