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Introduction: First Class to Panama on Air China
Review: Marriott South – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Review: Fast and Furious Japanese Grill – Irving
Review: United Airlines (737-900) First Class – Dallas to Houston
Review: United Club – Houston International Airport Terminal E
Update: American Express Centurion Lounge Houston
Review: Air China (777-300) First Class – Houston to Panama
Review: Sortis Hotel and Casino – Panama City
Review: Marriott Executive Apartments – Panama City
Review: Panama Canal – Miraflores Locks
Review: Tocumen Royal Saloon Lounge
Review: Copa Club – Tocumen International Airport
Review: United Airlines (737-800) Economy Plus – Panama to Houston
I usually drive from my house directly to Dallas or Oklahoma City on the day of travel, but I wanted to change it up prior to this trip. There are quite a few hotel options near the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. I have stayed at more than a few of them, but the DFW Marriot South is by far the cheapest option.
I booked the King room with sofa bed for almost $96/night at the regular rate. I have never seen the hotel at more than this rate. I used my Marriott Rewards credit card to pay for the stay. I was able to earn 4,388 points (2,526 base points, 480 credit card points, 750 Megabonus points, and 632 elite bonus points as a Marriott Rewards Gold member)
I left for Dallas on Saturday afternoon so I could beat the evening traffic near the airport. The hotel is located about 10 minutes south of the airport. It offers a lot of free parking.
The front desk was to the right when I entered the hotel through the main entrance.
There were only a few guests ahead of me. After just a few minutes, I was welcomed back to the property and also thanked for being a Marriott Gold member. The agent informed me of the complimentary M Club access. After a few minutes, I had my keys in had made my way to the room.
The room was located on the seventh floor, just outside of the elevator.
Upon entering the room, the bathroom was just to the right. It was a standard Marriott bathroom.
Directly across from the bathroom was a closet and mini fridge. I love the fridges because I get to store my son’s fruit and yogurt.
The main living space of the room contained the King Bed, sofa bed, desk and television. I enjoy rooms with sofa beds because it gives my son (and maybe me) more room to bounce around.
There were a few dining options at the property. The lobby had a breakfast bistro to right of the front desk. It was closed when I arrived at the hotel.
Also in the lobby was the M Club Lounge. The lounge is open 24 hours a day. It was relatively quiet. I would have assumed more guests would have been there. There lounge was really dark, almost too dark. It offered some private seating, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine machine. Guests had to swipe their room key on the machine to pay for a pour.
If you wanted beer or a more substantial snack, then the lobby restaurant to the left of the M Club was the place to go. It had a full bar and quality offerings on the menu. The bartender recommended the flat iron steak, but I passed because it was too late to eat.
The fitness center/indoor pool were located between the lobby and elevators. There were a lot of children in the both areas so I could have exercised if I wanted to. I could not get a picture of the pool because it was crowded the entire day.
I enjoy visiting the DFW Marriott South. Its proximity to the airport and one of my favorite restaurants makes this location perfect for me. I know that I will not get an upgrade at this property due to special events and frequent travelers, so I never expect it. I will definitely visit this property again.