MICHELLE NEWMAN MICHELLE NEWMAN Texas' only AAA Five Diamond lodging, exceeding its reputation for impeccable service and amenities. With personalized hospitality, a seasoned staff and a 2-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, the Mansion has perfected pampering. It's all in the details-fresh orchids, iced latte and homemade cookies every afternoon, and complimentary sedan service within a five-mile radius. The accoutrements and amenities also lend to the comfortable luxury, from the subtle colors to the museumquality collection of porcelain. Light, airy, spacious guestrooms and suites are designed with comfy beds, fine cotton linens, spacious marble bathrooms and step-out balconies to create soft and soothing spaces. Meanwhile, an intimate area with a heated pool, small spa, and a health-and-fitness studio are conducive to relaxation. Meals, too, reflect the Mansion's mission. Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon, a French native, uses only the freshest ingredients, avoids fussy French food and said he likes to keep his food pure and lightly seasoned and doesn't believe in flavor overkill. For more information, visit www.mansionontur tlecreek.com.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
The Sheraton is Texas big at its best, boasting 1,840 rooms, 22 presidential suites, 224 junior suites and more than 50 elevators and escalators. (It's the biggest hotel in Texas.) After undergoing a $90 million dollar facelift, the Sheraton Dallas is primed to serve as the media center/hotel for Super Bowl XLV in 2011. The lobby's sleek contemporary decor features sophisticated autumn colors, and there is an inviting outdoor sitting area with several fire pits for relaxing at the end of the day. Those who do not need relaxation can head for the Draft Media Sports Lounge. This sports bar on steroids reeks of testosterone-4,000 square feet of flat-screen HDTVs, Wii stations, private karaoke chambers and macho food offerings. The hotel's food and beverage team Everything's bigger in Texas, especially in the Sheraton Dallas (opposite) and its meeting rooms. Hilton Fort Worth's Presidential Suite pays homage to the assassinated JFK (left). It doesn't get any finer than at the Rosewood Mansion (below), the best hotel in Texas. takes their food quite seriously at the Sheraton, which has three executive chefs on staff. In addition to the sports bar, there is Dinner at the Kitchen Table, a feast with unusual offerings, and Chill, the hotel's minidesert bar. The day ends at the Sheraton in spacious smoke-free rooms with a large flat-panel HDTV, high-speed Internet, electronic connectivity, hypoallergenic pillows and great views. The Sheraton Dallas is in the downtown commercial center within easy walking distance to the bustling Arts District, the Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Kennedy Memorial, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Performing Arts and Dallas World Aquarium. For more information, visit www .sheratondallashotel.com.
Hilton Fort Worth Hotel
While John F. Kennedy's original Suite 850 may be gone, the Hilton Fort Worth is forever embedded in history as the hotel where JFK spent his last night. Photos documenting his and Jackie's stay at the hotel and JFK's final hours are displayed in the lobby and mezzanine. Their Suite 850 has been replaced with the JFK Presidential Suite 1530- 2,200 square feet dedicated to his leg - acy. The styles and colors used in the suite were inspired by the renovation that Jackie produced in the White House, including huge crystal chandeliers dangling from the suite's 22-foot ceilings. JFK's portrait hangs above the mahogany console in the dining room, along with a mounted copy of the presidential seal. Opened in 1921, the Hilton has led a flamboyant life. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has hosted famous folks and VIPS. Rudolph HOME&AWAY NOV/DEC 2010 19