Suite Experience: Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel Review

Just a short distance from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex lies a Texas-sized rustic paradise. This paradise is a massive resort that boasts over 1500 guest rooms and an expansive meeting space. Situated by Lake Grapevine, a scenic expanse of placid water, the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center rivals the beauty and extravagance of any Las Vegas hotel.

Upon first stepping in, I noticed the overflowing San Antonio charm. The winding indoor river walk, freshly coloured umbrellas, and Mexican architectural influences fit into the modern-resort meets old-world lure of the Gaylord Texan. The center atrium was marked by a glowing lone star surrounded by a glass expanse to allow natural light, blending the indoors with the outdoors.

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During the holidays, the Gaylord Texan transforms into a winter wonderland. The star, usually unadorned, was joined by a parade of streaming lights that hung gently, illuminating the region. Below was a trimly decorated Christmas tree. Christmas-style adornments were sprinkled generously throughout the lobby – from small-scale golden statues of marching men to oversized red boots that towered above visitors. The lobby was also home to an array of light works, flaunting a spectacle of colour. Snowflakes spindled downwards, creating a frosty winter wonderland.

Winter Wonderland at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Conference Center

The detail involved in creating this holiday extravaganza was impeccable. Wreaths donned the white walls and ornaments were strewn into the river itself. A giant gingerbread house that would leave the witch from Hansel and Gretel swooning was surrounded by a running miniature train track. There were massive nutcrackers and oversized toys strategically placed within the display and each individual lamp post was wrapped in lights. Springtime-flowers were even replaced with bright red plants, adding to the holiday theme.

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Ornaments and Decor at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center

Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Conference Center Celebrates a Lone Star Christmas

But the Gaylord Texan goes beyond the Lone Star Christmas. You can visit other times of the year when the resort is quieter and less-rushed. You can enjoy an idle game of backgammon with friends and family, take a pleasant stroll along the winding river walk and 4.5 acres of indoor gardens, or even eat at one of the restaurants. There are a multitude of eateries at the resort, from Starbucks to open sports bars. The variety of restaurant food available serves a semblance to the original Riverwalk in San Antonio.

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The lounge also features leathered chairs and plush seats in front of a cozy fireplace. On more idle nights, a pianist sits at the grand piano and plays a selection of classical music. If you feel like relaxing, the Relache Spa and Salon is a premier location for unwinding as it offers a range of services from therapeutic massages to fitness counseling. If you are looking for some family fun, Paradise Springs is a miniature water park with a lazy river that is perfect for cooling off from the Texan heat. 

What is the best place you visited over Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.

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