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Review: Hilton Anatole – Dallas
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Disclaimer: This review will have the most pictures of any review on this site. I felt the pictures were necessary to give the readers a comprehensive view of the property.
I have heard about the Hilton Anatole for years but never visited in my past trips to Dallas. It took my son and his fondness of water parks to finally get me to visit the property. We enjoyed the property so much that we visited three times in as many weeks.
I booked the first two nights in a Deluxe King room for a very reasonable $149 per night at the government/military rate. With the taxes and resort fee, the nightly price rose to just above $200. For my third visit, I decided to try a different room so I booked a standard Parlor Room with a King wall bed for the same $149 per night. As a standard Hilton Honors member, I earned 13,539 base points during my three visits. I was also able to earn 4,492 credit points by using my Citi Prestige card which offers 3X point on hotel visits.
The Hilton Anatole was located just off of Stemmons Freeway, less than 10 minutes from downtown Dallas and a few minutes from the Marriott Hotel at the Medical Center. The hotel had a sprawling property which included two check-in desks (Tower and Atrium), quite a few dining options, and water park. Parking was $11 per night because I paid for two vehicles.
I entered the property through the left door at the main entrance to the Tower. Once inside, I made a right towards the front desk. The front desk was further away from the entrance than most hotels. I was welcomed to the property for the first time. The agent presented me an offer at the counter for the resort fee and parking, which I took. The offer was essentially pay $25 for the daily resort charge and the discounted parking. One thing that stood out to me, which was really impressive, was the hotel texted me throughout the stay to check on us. The customer service provided at the Hilton Anatole was among the best I had ever received at a hotel.
Deluxe King Room
I made my way to the 14th floor of the Tower to the Deluxe King Room.
The room was a decent size.
The bathroom was to the right. It included a sink, vanity, and shower.
The main room contained the bed, sleeper sofa, desk and TV. The bed was really comfortable.
Parlor Room with Wall Bed
The second type (and my favorite so far) of room tried at the Hilton Anatole was the Parlor Room with wall bed. This room was located on the third floor. it could be accessed by the elevators or escalator.
The room was one big, open concept. It included a TV, couch, two chairs, dining table, and King wall bed. Even though there were a lot of items in the main part of the room, it did not feel crowded.
The bathroom was the standard, as in most hotels. I did appreciate that it had a bathtub. We also appreciated that we could fill up our water guns in the shower.
As I mentioned earlier, there were quite a few dining options at the property. If you do not want to visit one of the places below, room service closed at 2am. I would like to note that all bars offered food similar to what you can find on the room service menu. The food prices were normal for a hotel, however, the room service charges were exponentially more.
SER Steak and Spirits
SER Steak and Spirits is a steakhouse on the floor of the tower. It boasts incredible views of the Dallas skyline. SER was also voted as one of Dallas’ best fine dining restaurants of 2018. I did not visit the restaurant during my visits…my three year old would not appreciate it. LOL.
The Gossip Bar is located on the opposite side of the tower lobby, next to the pool/gym exit. I visited this bar once and was not impressed with it. There were no TVs and the bartender did not really talk. With only two guests in the bar, I expected a bit more interaction.
Media Bar and Grill
Media Bar and Grill was my favorite bar at the hotel. The bar was located just past Counter Offer on the right, if walking from the Tower, and on the left if walking from the Atrium. I enjoyed the décor and numerous TVs. The bartenders were very friendly and talkative which I appreciated.
Counter Offer was a 24-hour grab and go food spot. It was essentially a convenience store in the hotel that sold alcohol. There were a ton of seats located throughout the place. I liked the design because it allowed to guests to more or less enjoy each other’s company. The grilled chicken breast was my go to snack during my visits.
The Terrace was a breakfast spread that was set up each morning in the Atrium. We did not try it out, but the breakfast appeared to be buffet style. The only complaint, if I call it that, was the noise coming from the area a bit much.
The poolside menu include bar food such as pizza, chicken tenders, fries, and quesadillas. We ordered a majority of our food here. My son thoroughly enjoyed the fries and ketchup packets.
We were able to access the pool by using the Tower exit next to the Gossip Bar. The area before the pool include a huge chess set, train, and some other games.
To gain access to the pool, we merely had to present the resort card we received at check-in. The attendants offered towels and welcomed us to the resort.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
The fitness center and spa were located just before and to the left of the pool. There was a cardio spin room on the first floor.
The Spa was on the second floor. It could be accessed on the stairwell nearest the door. I did not check it out, but I managed to make my way to the rear stairwell to check out the weight room and indoor track. Prior to going upstairs, I had to sign in at the desk. The weight room was bigger than any other hotel’s I had visited.
There were so many stores in between the Tower and Atrium. I did not get pictures of the gift shop and mail center, but did get some of the of the other lobby aspects.
There is nothing bad that I could say about the Hilton Anatole. The staff sealed the deal before I even stepped into a room. Even without Hilton Honors status, I was treated incredibly.
The dining options allow guests to have fun without having to worry about leaving the property for a meal. I tried almost every option and was mostly satisfied. If the bartender at the Gossip Bar would have gossiped a bit more, I would not have a complaint.
Of the two rooms, the Parlor Room with the wall bed was the best. The room had a ton and was essentially a suite. I will definitely book this room again in the future.
The Hilton Anatole is a phenomenal property, if you have the chance to visit do not pass it up.