With that famous slogan in mind, you should be ready for the size of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. It’s so big there are two separate check-in areas (Atrium Lobby and Tower Lobby) and it pays to know which one to arrive at. There are 1,606 guest rooms and suites waiting to welcome you and your group. There’s enough meeting room capacity, 600,000 sq. ft./ 55,742 m², that the 1984 Republican Convention was held here. The Verandah Club is their health and fitness facility and boasts 80,000 sq ft/7,432 m² including the VSpa.
As if that’s not enough, the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas reputedly has the best art and antique collection ever assembled in an American hotel. The guest rooms are big too. The smallest suite is a standard one-bedroom at 610 sq. ft./56.6 sq. m² and the biggest room, the Ronald Reagan Suite is a whopping 2,364 sq. ft./2364 m²! Read on to find out what else can Hilton Anatole Hotel offer.
Rooms with an excellent city view
After checking in at reception, be sure and get a map of the hotel grounds to better navigate this Texas sized hotel. Once in your room, spread out and enjoy all this space complete with a sofa, comfy reading chair, and an efficient desk for checking email and getting work done.
Many rooms feature views of the Dallas skyline that is splendid day or night. The bathrooms are clean and spacious, but be aware that not all come with a bathtub. We had just a shower in our room and didn’t miss a tub. Both the rooms and the bathrooms look as though they were remodeled recently with comfort and style in mind.
Wi-Fi is free if you are a Hilton Hhonors member, or part of a meeting/convention. Regular Wi-Fi is 9.95 USD and premium is 14.95 USD for those who need higher speed performance.
Amazing art collection
If you can pull yourself away from the comforts of your spacious room, one “must do” item at Hilton Anatole Hotel is to take the self-guided art tour that takes about an hour. Even if you aren’t an art lover, this collection has something for everyone. It’s best to have a headset, or earbuds for your smart phone for this tour. Grab a map of the art tour and dial up the audio guide to get ready for a trip to the past.
Some of the works of art are from the thirteenth century and are exquisite. You will see graceful statues, intricate carvings from huge single slabs of white marble, antique vases, Chinese lanterns, and even two sections of the infamous Berlin Wall painted by Jurgen Grosse, a graffiti artist from Berlin.
Guests can take the full one mile artwalk or choose the “Top Art Treasures” artwalk to see the top 100 iconic pieces. In the Wedgwood Room, see many pieces from this porcelain maker including the largest Jasperware covered vase from 1885 at nearly five feet tall. The two life sized carved elephants from Thailand are carved from single pieces of Monkey God Trees and stand outside the Chantilly Room.
My favorite piece was the suspended kinetic sculpture “Nebula” hanging from the Atrium ll’s ceiling. It’s not like anything I’d ever seen before. Here is what the plaque says about this moving work of art:
The centerpiece of Hilton Atrium II is a unique kinetic sculpture, Nebula. Sculptor Reuben Margolin was inspired by the Hilton Anatole’s dramatic atrium to create his monumental work. This impressive and meditative mix of movement, light and science, heralds the Anatole’s brilliant rebirth.
Here’s sharing some interesting facts on Nebula: · More than 100 feet long (30.5 m) · 50 feet wide (15.24 m) · Weighs 10,000 pounds (4536 kg) · Consists of 10 miles (16 km) of aircraft cable · 1780 pulleys · More than 4,500 amber crystals · Floats more than 50 feet (15.24 m) in the air
Where to eat
Dining options include the Terrace, a breakfast café near the atrium, open seven days per week from 6 a.m. to 11.a.m. For lunch, the Media Grill and Bar offer a twist on the American contemporary bistro with draft beers, wines and cocktails complementing lunch and dinner menus.
Try the buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes, tasso gravy and braised greens for some down home Texas cooking. For elegant dining with a sweeping view of the Dallas skyline, be sure and try Sēr Steaks and Spirits on the 27th floor of the Tower. This is Texas sized beef eating at its best, but they also have a good selection of seafood too. Try the 22 oz. / 623 gram bone-in Prime Ribeye Steak with a grilled asparagus or garlic mashed potatoes if you want a big meal.
Just be sure to save room for the Icebox Cake, aka Millionaire’s Pie for dessert.
While the Hilton Anatole Hotel is not in downtown Dallas, it’s a mere five to ten minute taxi ride to dozens of great restaurants and attractions in the downtown area. There is so much to see and do it will make your head spin!
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is close by as is the Dallas Museum of Art. The historic West End with its old time Dallas look is worth a stop and the Arts District is one of the best in the U.S.
The West End Historic District is close to the Hilton Anatole Hotel and if you love Mexican food, be sure and try RJ Mexican Cuisine there. Dallas also has a wide variety of Japanese restaurants and one of my favorites is Tei-An Soba House and Sushi – see photo above, in the Arts District. To make the most of your trip, check out the more complete list of things to do and see in Dallas.
Nearby attractions and eateries
Just a word of warning about the Hilton Anatole Hotel and its service. When there are special events going on, the loading and unloading zones can be quite hectic, making it difficult to get help from the bellmen on arrival and departure. Other than that, we had no negative experiences during our stay with hotel staff or facilities. I believe the Hilton Anatole Hotel is a great choice when staying in the downtown Dallas area.
Look for the new outdoor resort-style pool area slated for completion in the summer of 2016. Fulfilling the statement ‘everything is bigger in Texas’, the Hilton Anatole Hotel will have guests wanting to come back to this special property whenever travel plans call for a trip to Dallas.