Even though we live in Grapevine, we thought it would be fun to spend the 4th of July holiday weekend at the Gaylord. It was particularly hot and we were excited to check out the new Paradise Springs water park. We got a very good rate directly through the website. Of course, since it was a holiday weekend, it was incredibly crowded!!! I noticed this right away when I had to wait in an incredibly long line to check in. To their credit, the check-in process was efficient. We would end up facing the same incredibly long line to check out, so we opted for the self-serve kiosk to check out. Efficient, yes, but then what am I paying for if I’m doing the work?
The resort itself is really nice. The atrium area is very pretty and there are several restaurants. We were completely satisfied with our room, although the shower head could use an upgrade. It wasn’t extravagant, but we thought it was comfortable. As mentioned by another reviewer, Paradise Springs is quite small. We got up early and hopped the shuttle bus, getting there before it even opened. Still, there was a line to get in and we were far enough back that we didn’t get a “primo” spot, but we did get something under an umbrella, so we were satisfied with that. The lazy river was very, very, VERY crowded all day long! It really doesn’t feel like the area is big enough for the size of the resort, but maybe if you decide to go when it’s not a holiday weekend, there would be less people there. We had no luck at the pool located at the resort either. We never found a chair there all weekend in spite of trying several times at several different times of day.
We ate at two of the restaurants – Riverwalk Cantina (Tex-Mex) and Zeppole (Italian). The food was fine, but definitely overpriced due to the convenience factor. If you have a car, there are better restaurants in Grapevine that are more reasonably priced. We also went over to the Glass Cactus, which is really fun. Be sure to take your ID – they card everyone.
Overall, I suppose I left there with mixed emotions. It is a beautiful resort and worth a visit. However, we were disappointed that it felt so small and crowded, even though it looks huge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll arrive through a ranch-style archway surrounded by rolling pastureland. Along the way, rugged canyon walls rise steadily to frame your first glimpse of the breathtaking new Gaylord. Sitting high on a bluff overlooking the glistening waters of Lake Grapevine, just eight minutes from D/FW International Airport, this awe-inspiring resort welcomes you to an authentic Texas experience. From the colorful Riverwalk and wide-open Texas Hill Country to the aura of Southwest-style architecture and the majestic Rio-Grande, its all here under our signature glass dome. Here, we offer state-of-the-art convention and meeting facilities, endless entertainment, World-class spa & fitness center, lavish guest rooms and our tradition of unsurpassed hospitality. Everything in on place so you can have it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gaylord Texan Resort And Convention Center
- Gaylord Texan Hotel Grapevine
- Gaylord Texas Resort
- Gaylord Texas Hotel
- The Gaylord Texan
- Gaylord Texan Grapevine
- Gaylord Texan Resort Convention Center
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