Plano, with its sprawling farmland and Texas “big sky,” is home to several high profile companies, the state’s most popular annual hot air balloon festival and Southfolk Ranch from the TV series Dallas. Those visiting this progressive Dallas suburb have a choice of 34 hotel offering more than 4,300 hotel rooms. I toured three hotels during my September visit.
Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center (www.marriott.com). This 404-guestroom hotel sits opposite a scenic pond within The Shops at Legacy center and is in walking distance of more than 80 restaurants, sidewalk cafes and boutiques. This is a classic and comfortable Marriott property with suites and more than 32,000 feet of meeting space, including an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and amphitheater.
NYLO Hotel (www.nylohotels.com). With its first hotel in Plano, this progressive hotel brand’s properties, with concrete walls, ultimate modern amenities and piping clinging to high ceilings, are designed to look like an old warehouse in New York City’s Meat-Packing District. Described by staff as “modern, hip and unique,” Plano’s 176-room NYLO Hotel is a full service facility.
aloft Hotel (www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/). Another ultra-modern, loft-inspired design. The brand has created new terminology for the hotel industry, where the snack area is called the “refuel area,” the meeting room the “tactic room,” and the pool is referred to as the “splash area” with its “splash towels.” Maids knocking on doors will say “refresh” instead of “housekeeping.” “People actually enjoy it because it’s different,” says General Manager Brad Comstock.