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Posted in General, on 24 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

Whether you’re in town for Dallas conventions, a corporate event or just for vacation–you need a place to stay. Luckily there are plenty of hotels centrally located in Downtown Dallas. Just as many Dallas venues hold corporate events, there are plenty of comfortable hotels for you to relax in.

Hotels Near Downtown Dallas
For those attending an event at the Dallas Convention center, there are plenty of luxury hotel options just a short distance away. Corporate venues in Dallas are often near the downtown area, where there are equally as many entertaining spaces–including the Trolley in Uptown, the Farmers Market in Downtown and plenty of bars.

Magnolia Hotel Dallas
Located on Commerce Street in the Main Street District of Downtown, the Magnolia Hotel is a 29-story upscale hotel that for many years was the tallest building in Texas (1923-1927), and the structure is now a Dallas Landmark. Built in 1922, the hotel was originally the headquarters for the Magnolia Petroleum Company. In 1977, developers from Colorado purchased the building and transformed it into the 330 room luxury hotel that it is today.

“I booked a room in this hotel for the sole purpose of convenience.  It is walking distance to the Dallas Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon start and the Dallas Convention Center where the Expo is held.” -yelp customer review

Aloft Dallas Downtown Hotel
For those interested in a more urban environment, the Aloft Hotel on Young Street near the Historic District Downtown provides an excellent setting. As a vision of the W hotel chain, Aloft “offers atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle” in non-traditional environments. This hotel would be ideal for a young professional. City Tavern and the Gilley’s Complex are also conveniently located nearby–for those interested in bars and live music in Dallas.

“Loved the historic district and the lovely walk on a busy Saturday or a night out Sunday. A walk around the town is a must! Lovely views and busy nightlife.(…)” -yelp customer review

Ritz-Carlton Dallas
Exhibiting a more classic, luxurious style, the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown is just 1.2 miles from the convention center, and features a beautiful restaurant downstairs. For those tired of corporate catering and looking for something more upscale, the restaurant at the hotel will surely suffice. As the city is mostly driving centered, there are plenty of Dallas valet services at hotels, and the Ritz-Carlton is no exception. This classic hotel has all the amenities for those who prefer to travel comfortably.

“I travel a lot for work and you will get a friendly front desk from time to time, but looking back….everyone went out of their way to make this stay memorable for us. (…)” -yelp customer review

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Posted in General, on 16 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

If you happen to be in town attending a convention, Dallas provides the perfect cultural backdrop to corporate events. Not only does Dallas feature the famous Dallas Convention Center and a wide variety of other Dallas venues, but the city is also engrossed with an interesting range of activities– all conveniently located close to the Downtown area. Whether you’re trying to entertain your employees, or hoping for an afternoon of site seeing, Dallas has plenty to offer.

The Gilley’s Dallas Complex
Conveniently located less than a mile from the Dallas Convention Center, Gilley’s entertainment complex features seven unique spaces– hosting everything from corporate events to live music concerts. South Side Ballroom, South Side Music Hall, The Loft and Jack Daniel’s Saloon are all popular Dallas venues that feature a wide variety of entertainment–from indie music to country shows, even corporate or private parties and other large-scale events. If you’re hoping for a true Texas experience, you can eat barbeque, ride a mechanical bull and maybe even listen to local Dallas music–all within the Jack Daniel’s Saloon. The delicious menu also provides an excellent opportunity to break away from the corporate catering that is so often prevalent at conventions.

City Tavern
Located directly in the heart of the Downtown District on Main St., City Tavern serves food and drinks 7 days a week, with occasional live music. Dallas also has a rich abundance of local music, and City Tavern has consistently expressed interest in supporting the scene. Even if there isn’t a show that night, City Tavern is definitely worth visiting and has daily drink specials.

Victory Park
This massive development located in the Northwest Downtown area features several high profile businesses including the American Airlines Center, The W Victory Hotel, WFAA Channel 8 Studio, the House of Blues and more. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during basketball or hockey season, you should definitely plan to see the Dallas Mavericks or the Dallas Stars–both of which are housed in the American Airlines Center.

Historic West End District
South of Victory Park, but still conveniently located Downtown, the Historic West End District definitely provides an interesting glimpse into Texas, and even American history. With an abundance of tall Oak trees and beautifully renovated historic buildings, even just walking around the West End District is entertaining. For those interested in American History, you can always visit the grassy knoll, the site of JFK’s assassination, and then walk over to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn more about the history and conspiracies associated with the high profile event.  You can even get some drinks at Hard Rock Cafe, Gater’s Croc n Roc, Dick’s Last Resort or West End Pub.

Reunion Tower
Often noted as the most recognizable landmark in Dallas, the Reunion Tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and is definitely worth visiting. Featuring an observation deck, the tower facilitates one of the best views of the Downtown area. Also, you can even visit celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck’s, fine dining restaurant, Five Sixty.

The Dallas Farmers Market
If you appreciate more low-key past times, you should definitely visit the Dallas Farmers Market district, located in Southeast Downtown. Open 7 days a week, this market is consistently buzzing with locals and farmers–most of which travel up to 150 miles. There is a wide variety of foods, from raw bulk fruits and vegetables to speciality and prepared dishes.

Arts District
In addition to the wide variety of concerts and conventions, Dallas also has a very active and intriguing art scene. The Arts District is home to a number of venues, including AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and more.

So if you need a relaxing break from a corporate event, Dallas provides plenty of enriching opportunity.

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Posted in Corporate Events, Event Planning, on 6 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

There are a lot of options in Dallas, TX for hosting events, from small rooms to giant ballrooms and, of course, the Dallas Convention Center. Different events require different venues in Dallas due to capacity, special features and convenience to guests. Smaller private parties like weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, etc. can be held in any type of venue and the decision often comes down to aesthetics and the cost of renting the venue. Large events like banquets, corporate events and conventions, on the other hand, have special needs that smaller clubs and venues can’t accommodate. Corporate events are much more complicated endeavors that often involve professional entertainment, audio/video production, custom catering, valet parking and other services that only a few venues can already provide.

Production, catering and other large-scale event necessities can be brought in from multiple outside companies; but it’s definitely not the ideal situation. Ideally the majority of the resources required to produce an event should exist either at the venue hosting the event, or should be easily accessible through partnerships with outside vendors. It can be disastrous to rely on unproven vendors, especially in a new venue in which there is no working familiarity between vendors and venue staff.

Setting yourself up to succeed at producing a corporate event means covering the bases well and not letting problems go unnoticed or unattended. In a large-scale event, it is impossible to be in all places at once, so its very important to be able to trust venue staff to take care of any special circumstances that may arise. Likewise, its certainly more convenient when every Dallas caterer, production engineer and designer work for companies used to doing business together. Corporate catering staff, should function seamlessly with the venue’s cleaning staff to provide the highest level of service to guests.

Dallas venues that meet the standards required by most corporate events are fairly few in number, but each produces quality events in their own right. Listed below are each of the venues in Dallas and nearby areas that specialize in hosting corporate events.

Corporate Event Venues In Dallas

Gilley’s Dallas
Known as much for its celebrity in music and film history, Gilley’s Dallas is a 90,000+ sq ft entertainment complex featuring several different venues, a restaurant and regular live music concerts. Extremely spacious, Gilley’s Dallas is the perfect fit for corporate events, banquets, conventions and other large-scale special events.

South Side Ballroom
Part of the massive Gilley’s Dallas complex, South Side Ballroom occupies approximately 23,000 sq ft of the complex in one giant room. Featuring enough sound and lighting equipment to satisfy any national touring performance the venue has plenty of production and space to accommodate any corporate event.

South Side Music Hall
Smaller than South Side Ballroom, but including all the same quality production and other amenities included in venues at the Gilley’s Dallas complex. Located adjacent to Palladium and with capacity for approximately 1,500 guests, the music hall is the perfect option for events with big production needs targeting smaller numbers of guests.

Dallas Convention Center
Dallas’ largest special event space, the convention center and convention visitor’s bureau attract world-class conventions and trade shows where attendance is estimated in the tens of thousands. Conventions often attract satellite events put on by participating organizations. Hotels and other Dallas venues are located in close proximity to the convention center to attract business from the facility’s many guests.

Most major hotel brands have established a presence in Dallas and are recognizable members of the downtown Dallas skyline. Sheraton, Westin, Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton, Adams Mark and other trusted hotel chains are trustworthy venues and maintain full calendars of corporate events, small and large. Obviously, the most attractive feature of hosting events with hotels is the convenience of simultaneously providing hotel accommodations to event guests.

Plaza Of The Americas
Events are hosted here through the year, because of direct access to the Westin City Center, Adam’s Mark and central location in downtown Dallas. Like with a major hotel chain, the most attractive feature of the facility, besides its beautiful aesthetics, is the convenience of its almost-all-inclusive environment.

South Fork Ranch
Famous for being the ranch in the classic tv show Dallas, one of television’s most fanatically-adored series, the South Fork Ranch attracts many thousands of guests each year. Many people just want to see the historical ranch for nostalgic reasons, but the venue also hosts a variety of annual and corporate events in the mansion or across the expansive ranch grounds.

The Glass Cactus
Developed fairly recently and designed specifically to host large productions, conventions, gala events and other big parties, The Glass Cactus combines the convenience of a hotel with the attractions of an entertainment venue. Located only a few miles from DFW International Airport, The Glass Cactus is a convenient option for the largest of corporate events.

Eddie Deen’s
Eddy has a long history hosting and catering events in conjunction with the Dallas Convention Center, conveniently located just across the street from Eddy Deen’s facility. Best known for Texas BBQ catering and western-themed events, Eddie Deen’s is suitable for many types of events and is immediately accessible to guests of the DCC.

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