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Business Travel Guide: Dallas, Texas


Dallas, Texas

Sophisticated and rustic Dallas has all the culture and excitement to satisfy any city guest. The resurrection of downtown and nearby developments such as Uptown and Victory Park have launched Dallas to one of the top leisure and convention destinations in the country.

An aggressive atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit permeates the business climate and has molded Dallas into Texas' hub for the banking, insurance, high tech, oil and gas, commercial real estate, culinary and fashion industries. Located in the heart of the country, around three hours flying time from either coast and with direct flights to most major cities in the world, Dallas is a great place to convene with global colleagues for any purpose.

Outside of continual commerce, Dallasites offer and indulge in many forms of entertainment. Whether it's eating a corny dog at the annual State Fair, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys football team, going to the opera, perusing museums, dining at one of many top restaurants or kicking it up at the rodeo, the grit and glamour of Dallas has everyone covered.



Facts to Know Before You Go

Transportation

It's best to arrange transportation from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport or Love Field Airport to your hotel in advance. DFW Airport is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth and Love Field airport offers the advantage of close proximity [being only a few minutes from] to downtown Dallas, Uptown, premier entertainment and a variety of business districts. SuperShuttle (800-258-3826) is an economical shared ride service. In addition, there are plenty of private car services to choose from, Premier of Dallas is one of the most reliable with a large number and variety of vehicles from party buses to a Rolls Royce (800-789-4847).

Taxis are plentiful in addition to rental cars and shuttles. You can hail one at the airport yet not typically on the street; be prepared for a 15-20 minute wait for a cab after you call.

The DART light rail line links downtown with the rest of the city and can be the quickest way to get up to the northern suburbs at peak hours. There is also an extensive bus service, though it's really only handy for short trips around the center of town. Visit www.dart.org for maps, fares and schedules.

Renting a car is the best way to get around; just be sure to get one with a GPS system, as Dallas city planners have a rather odd habit of periodically changing road names, referring to the interstate highways by name rather than number and grating streets more than one name.

Newspapers

The Dallas Morning News is the city's only daily paper and is available online at www.dallasnews.com. The Dallas Business Journal keeps tabs on the business community and is available online at dallas.bizjournals.com.

For dining, music, sports and other local events, grab a copy of the free weekly Dallas Observer. Where Magazine is available at your hotels concierge desk for traveler specific assistance with shopping, dining, culture and more.

D Magazine is the city's glossy publication for insider info on the best of everything from restaurants to plastic surgeons to dog walkers. D is available online at www.dmagazine.com or at local newsstands.


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Where to Stay

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
4150 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
800-819-5053
972-717-0700
www.fourseasons.com/dallas

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

If your schedule will be taking you all over the Dallas /Ft. Worth metroplex, set up base camp at the Four Seasons. A 400-acre oasis of calm and beauty plopped down in the prairie between the two cites is just minutes from DFW airport. Guests may play the TPC golf course, which is home to the annual Byron Nelson Golf Classic, visit the indulgent spa or dine on American cuisines served at the popular Café on the Green. Additionally business services, tennis, pool and fitness can keep the guest feeling right at home. The hotel is famous for its service, natural aesthetics and laid back but still posh atmosphere.


Hotel ZaZa
2332 Leonard St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
800-597-8399
214-468-8399
www.hotelzaza.com

Hotel ZaZa

Hip and fun, Hotel ZaZa in Uptown is the boutique hotel for you if high style with flair is part of your business plan. The whimsical rooms and suites have themes such as the Rock Star Suite, replete with zebra-striped furnishing and a full kitchen, or the Red Shoes contemporary chic theme of hip fashion with designer fabrics, prints and art originals. The pool-side action is mainly above water as hip girls and boys don't like to get their hair wet and couture attire tattered. ZaSpa & Fitness offers goodies like Disco Lashes for a wild night out or the Have No Mercy massage that will leave you in a mesmerized state. Meeting rooms and small ballrooms are ideal for small to midsize gatherings.


The Magnolia
1401 Commerce St.
Dallas, Texas 75201
888-915-1110
214-915-6500
www.magnoliahotels.com

The Magnolia

This stylish downtown hotel is located in the historic Magnolia building. The red neon Pegasus sits atop the roof as a beacon to all. For decades she has flown atop what was once the tallest skyscraper in Dallas. Sleek and chic, The Magnolia is ideal for those wanting the best of style, convenience and service. Small, beautifully appointed meeting rooms, lounges and a billiard room on the second floor insulate from the bustle of downtown, allowing you to conduct business with no distractions. A Starbucks, 24-hour fitness room, high speed internet, convenient transportation to downtown venues, complimentary beer wine and the choice of cookies and milk before bed greatly appeal to the weary traveler.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
800-542-8680
214-922-0200
www.ritzcarlton.com
 

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Strip the boss' credit card and shack up at the The Ritz-Carlton in Uptown. Located within minutes of downtown and Victory Plaza and on the McKinney Avenue trolley line, the super swanky The Ritz-Carlton has 218 luxurious guest rooms, ample meeting spaces and a 14,000-square-foot ballroom. The spa and fitness center ensures you are primed and pumped for business or pleasure. The parking situation at peak hours can be rather hectic, so plan ahead of time or for an extensive valet wait. Fearing's restaurant with legendary chef Dean Fearing at the helm is poised to be his best and most unique venue for sophisticated drinks, atmosphere and elevated American cuisine.


Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219
888-ROSEWOOD
214-559-2100
www.mansiononturtlecreek.com

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

The name states it all—what was once the lavish estate of an esteemed Texan has welcomed and pampered guests with five star culinary, amenities and service. Located within a prestigious and visually alluring neighborhood, guest can enjoy the exterior reach, the decadent dining room, the posh pool and the charming lounge areas to perpetuate the fantasy feel of this unmatched hotel ambiance. A fitness studio, business center, massage menu and the envied concierge services will distract you from the price of a pinnacle experience.


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Where to Dine

Abacus
4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
214-559-3111
www.abacus-restaurant.com

Contemporary/Eclectic
16/20
 $$$$$

Chef's table at Abacus

Dallas' movers and shakers revel in the sleek and sophisticated experience of the renovated contemporary dining room. A restaurant brilliantly led by an Iron Chef winner offers private dining rooms and an accommodating yet unstuffed staff to meet all personal and business dining needs. The redesigned menu is laden with adventuresome yet not intimidating contemporary dishes. A global flare deters global diners from boredom and more so excites in every culinary detail.


Bob's Steak & Chophouse
4300 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-528-9446
www.bobs-steakandchop.com

Contemporary
13/20
 $$$$$

Bob's Steak & Chophouse

With a town full of steakhouses Bob's has built a reputation for a lively nostalgic vibe, prime steaks, stiff drinks and fine wines. Businessmen, golfers and city socialites all clamor to order a martini at the energetic bar while they wait to savor the blue cheese salad, prime filet, a gigantic glazed carrot and piece of marbled chocolate amaretto cheesecake among other menu offerings. Many a deal have been sealed in this legendary location, so bring your business talk to Bob's.


Fearing's
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75209
214-922-4848

www.fearingsrestaurant.com

Contemporary/Southwestern
15/20
 $$$$$

Fearing's

Chef Dean Fearing's new joint is Texas luxe at its best. The $6-million restaurant led by one of the founding fathers of Southwestern cuisine offers large and small private dining and meeting rooms, a dynamic bar scene, casual outdoor seating and lounge for relaxing after dinner. The approachable contemporary menu has a few of his famous tidbits from his decades at The Mansion on Turtle Creek along with a focus on local ingredients and American artisanal foods.


Sevy's Grill
8201 Preston Rd.
Dallas, TX 75225
214-265-7389
www.sevys.com

Contemporary
13/20
 $$$$$
Sevy's

Whether you're a long time regular or a newcomer, Sevy's staff will welcome you with open arms. You'll probably see chef Jim Severson working the floor to ensure everything is just right. It's a great lunch spot and the private wine room is ideal for groups of up to 40. The contemporary menu is updated quarterly but faves like the corn chowder and Texas-style quail seem to always be on hand.


Stephan Pyles
1807 Ross Ave., Ste. 500
Dallas, TX 75201
214-580-7000
www.stephanpyles.com

Southwestern/Contemporary
15/20
 $$$$$
Stephan Pyles

Sleek, chic and wallet-thinning, this Arts District spot is the latest incarnation of head chef Stephan Pyles' blend of global, Southwestern and Asian cuisines. Private dining areas with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment make it possible to have a great dining experience and show off your Power Point skills. Be sure to try the Caesar salad and as many signature ceviches as your group can possibly consume.


Off the Clock

Bishop Arts District
Bishop Avenue at West Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208
www.bishopartsdistrict.com


Bishop Arts District

The Bishop Arts District is an eclectic area ripe with funky finds, local entertainment and home grown dining adventures. Guest can stroll along the sidewalk to discover fashionable boutiques, vintage gems, rare home décor and even a basket of homemade soap. For those ravenous for unprecedented food and atmosphere Tillman's Roadhouse offers a backdrop suitable for both John Wayne and Princess Grace; the venison Frito pie and table side s'mores don't disappoint. Spanish tapas, sushi and unbelievable burgers are also offered by favorite local restaurateurs. A variety of other shops and services continue the district intrigue for even the most cultured shopper such as the Bishop Street Market which showcases gift items for any and all imagined occasions.


Highland Park Village
Mockingbird Lane at Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75205
www.hpvillage.com


Highland Park Village

The swankiest and most expensive shopping center in town, this is the place to enjoy the high life. Even if you're low on dough you can still grab a coffee and stroll through the lovely 1930's-era Spanish-style center. Harry Winston will dazzle you with diamonds, Chanel and Hermès will swaddle chic while the Beretta store will outfit you in style for your next safari. After a stroll, dine at Café Pacific for fresh seafood, Mi Cocina to be seen sipping your mambo taxi margarita or Patrizio's for reliable Italian and a relaxed quaint patio. A flick at the historic Regent Theatre is great for a date or night out with the family.


The Katy Trail
3523 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
 214-303-1180
www.katytraildallas.org


The Katy Trail

Bikers, joggers, walkers and bladers want to explore the Katy Trail which runs through Highland Park down to Victory Plaza and the American Airlines Center. The trail is a great place to keep in shape while on the road but make sure to look your best as the fit are fashionable in these parts. Maps and more info are on the website.


Victory Park
Victory Avenue at Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75219
www.victorypark.com


Victory Park

If it's the perpetually tanned and toned fabulous folks you want to party with, then strut to Victory Park. Divulge in the showy W Hotel Dallas for drinks upstairs at Ghostbar (214-720-9909) perched on the roof; it's the lounge of choice for those wanting bottle service at a super modern and selective club. After dinner catch the Dallas Stars hockey team, Dallas Mavericks basketball game or a superstar band at the American Airlines Center. Be warned: traffic is a nightmare on game nights, so arrive early, vie for valet or prepare for a painful walk.


West Village
Lemmon Avenue at McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
www.westvil.com


West Village

A mix of small, one-of-a-kind boutiques and big names like Lucky Brand and Gap offer something for everyone in the über hip West Village. Grab a prime patio spot at Mi Cocina, Starbucks or Paciugo Gelato and partake in some people watching. Relax after shopping at an independent film magnet—The Magnolia Theatre.


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