How has July flown past?! It seem like only yesterday I got back from our Texas trip and now it’s almost the end of the month and I’m only just getting to writing about it. So here goes with the first instalment of my Texas-related blog posts. Starting with the day in Dallas – where we arrived into and spent a couple of nights, but only the one full day. Which also happened to be my birthday. It was my first time in Dallas and amongst trying to get used to the Texas Summer heat, we had a little explore and managed to fit in quite a lot over the one full day we were there.
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Our hotel booking in Dallas was a bit of a last moment one (we booked it two days before we flew) and ended up staying as the vast and futuristic Hyatt Regency, Dallas. It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, or possibly the end of the Wizard of Oz? It’s very striking – especially as it’s located right next to the Reunion Tower that is one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Dallas skyline.
The room at the hotel was great – much more stylish than I had probably expected. In general, large US hotels tend to have nice, well equipped rooms but they can be fairly generic. But this one felt very modern with touches like a Vitra Eames Chair and head board with city skyline design. The bathroom was really nice too – all spotlessly clean with a spacious shower with modern design features.
The best thing about the room though has to be the amazing city views. One of the first things I noticed when I looked out the window was we could see straight across to Dealey Plaza and the Book Depository. More on this in a moment though. But the city view, day or night was amazing from our room.
Facility wise, the hotel was really huge so pretty well equipped. We made use of the bar in the huge atrium area – they had very nice cocktails. The gym – again, well equipped (things like chilled face towels and TV’s on most of the cardio equipment so you could watch whatever TV you wanted). The pool is ok, but is on the freeway side of the hotel – so not very peaceful if you’re hoping to just relax.
Things we did
Considering we were only there for a pretty short time, I’m quite impressed by the amount we managed to fit in. There were two things on our list that we really wanted to do whilst there. One – I wanted to visit the Sixth Floor Museum – a museum that’s all about the day JFK was assassinated in the city from that very building. Honestly, it was one of the most fascinating museums I’ve ever been to.
We also headed to the Dallas World Aquarium – which looks like it might be a bit small from the outside. But as they do say, everything is indeed bigger in Texas and HOLY MOLY this is one heck of an Aquarium. It was really amazing – the whole place is made to feel like a jungle so you explore at different levels. Really well done with a huge range of things to see – not just fish! There was everything from penguins, to sea cows (manatee) to a Jaguar (the wildcat not the car…) If you’re in the city then would definitely recommend – no matter what age you are, it was really entertaining.
Where we ate
Well, we have a bit of a ‘thing’ for Hard Rock Cafe… if there’s one in a city we’re visiting, then we have to go there. We started to collect glasses from there a few years ago and it’s safe to say the collection is getting pretty strong. So far we have them from: London, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Singapore, Sharm El Sheikh, Edinburgh and now… Dallas. It’s all about the Southern Rock cocktail and the chicken wings starter (spicy) followed by Mac and Cheese… not one for when on a diet.
Along with that we also had a lovely lunch at the Y.O. Steakhouse – sitting outside in the shade watching people go by and keeping refreshed on delicious iced tea was lovely. This was probably my favourite meal in the city actually. Although it was closely followed by breakfast at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. This place is seriously popular – if you plan to go there for breakfast/brunch at the weekend expect a long wait (or go early). We ended up skipping it on the weekend and heading back on the Monday before we left – SO worth it. Such amazing food. I had the Mushroom Garlic Toast – which was incredible. Ollie went for the French Toast Breakfast – which looked like basically an American style dream breakfast.
After all that we probably didn’t need to eat again for a day or five…
We also took a walk into the main central area (which is basically a ghost-town on the weekend) to find Fluellen Cupcakes… so I could have a birthday cake. Which was amazing, except after eating so much I wasn’t hungry!