I recently had a child free weekend and really needed to get away. Like many of you, I am a parent and I have a full-time job on top of the blog so even a short break was desperately needed. Yeah we could have taken a drive down to the coast or San Antonio but this time we decided to stay closer to home and check out our neighbor to the East……Fort Worth.
So the first question that came to mind is “where should we stay?” There is no shortage of hotels in Fort Worth and we considered staying in a hotel at the Fort Worth Stockyards. We ultimately decided on the Omni Hotel and we were both glad that we did. I have 5 reasons for loving and recommending the Omni Hotel Fort Worth:
I am a stickler when it comes to cleanliness. I don’t care if I am paying $50 or $500 for a hotel room………. I still want it to be clean! We had a room with double queen beds and, not only was the room clean, but it was aesthetically pleasing. The room had decent size bathroom with better than average toiletries. The Keurig was nice and saved us a run down to the Starbucks downstairs.
To top it off, all the public areas were very well maintained. I never had the opportunity to speak to anyone in housekeeping, but they deserve props. We spent the weekend there during a super busy weekend (I think I heard someone say it was a full house) and they didn’t miss a beat.
Double Queen Room
Street View Outside the Valet Area
If you plan on visiting Fort Worth, the Omni Hotel is the perfect place because it is close to many area attractions. I prefer to park my car and walk if I can because, not only do I get much needed exercise, it gives me a great opportunity to check out local restaurants and shops along the way. The Bass Performance Hall is a mere half mile walk from the hotel. At the Bass you can enjoy Broadway shows, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, or even the Van Cliburn Festival depending on the time of year in which you are visiting.
The Sid Richardson Museum is in Sundance Square and is just a smidge further from the Omni Hotel than the Bass. The museum holds exhibits with paintings by Western artists that show the true nature of the West. Admission to the museum is free and they offer both valet and validated parking in all of the Sundance Square parking garages.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens area across the street at the end, just next to the Fort Worth Convention Center. There you can enjoy a walk among the pools, fountains, and waterfalls or find a spot to sit and enjoy the serenity. While the main pathway is accessible, the ones to the lower pools are not. For the aerated pool, there is a limited viewing area for anyone with mobility issues. A little disappointing to say the least, but they can still be viewed somewhat from above.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Hotel is Beautiful
When I travel, part of my attraction to specific hotels and accommodations is the beauty of the hotel itself as well as the surrounding area. The Omni Hotel does not disappoint in this at all. The lobby was spacious and festively decorated making my quick getaway seem even more like a vacation than the staycation it really was. I love the lounge in front of the fireplace! It provides a cozy setting as you sit in front of the fire while waiting for the valet to bring your car around.
We went upstairs to the conference area to explore and it was just as beautifully decorated as the lobby. There is a lot of conference space too! After walking around a bit, my husband and I found a quiet corner and watched people down on the street below for a bit.
Ok so I have to tell you that customer service is one thing at which this place excels. I mean EVERYONE we spoke with was happy, friendly, personable, and eager to help us. We travel a lot and we have had our fair share of cranky, tired, or just generally apathetic people over the years. The Omni Hotel must be doing something right because speaking to staff and employees was a genuine delight.
Everyone from the valet to check in to room service was a joy to speak with. It was such a big deal to me that I had to say something to management. I spoke with Michael Cardarelli, Director of Rooms, and he told me that they strive to create a clean, beautiful, and friendly atmosphere for their guests. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Conference Hall Area
When I think about what makes any room a good value, I look at way more than just the cost of the room. When I travel, I want more than just a bed and a bathroom. I look at cleanliness (huge importance!), amenities, convenience, location, as well as the price. I found the Omni to be a great value because it offers everything that I mentioned above, and they excelled at making us feel welcomed and valued as their guests.
We ordered room service on evening and I was impressed by the speed in which we ordered (we ordered about 20 minutes before closing too) and the portions were quite generous which just added to the overall value. Yes, you can rent a hotel room for less somewhere else but you will get what you pay for. I also would like to add that the hotel has accessible rooms and ADA assistance kits (visual/vibrating alarm clock, telephone amplifier, etc.) that are available to guests with mobility or hearing disabilities.
Please note, I am NOT an employee of the Omni and this is NOT a sponsored article. This is completely my own and genuine opinion based on my experience and I am writing this without compensation. As a travel advisor, it is critical to me that I visit locations for first hand knowledge. The Omni Hotel will be a place I recommend to my travel clients!
No matter where you decide to travel for the remainder of the year, I hope you are able to find some great places and have fun! 2019 is right around the corner and with it comes some amazing travel adventures! Be sure to check back after the first of the year to see what happens on my next travel and paranormal adventure!