Dallas, Texas Large: Hilton Anatole
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Hilton Anatole is no exception. Located in Dallas, set on 45 acres of land, the hotel is considered to be one of the largest in the south with a new expansion underway. The hotel was built by Fred Trammel Crow (June 10, 1914- January 14, 2009) in 1979 as a gift for his wife Margaret Dogget Crow (May 17, 1919-April, 11, 2014). Despite Crow's modest means growing up during the Great Depression, he became one of the largest real estate developers in the country, with interests said to be much larger then some of his better-known counterparts like Donald Trump—making his financial success Texas-large as well.
Hilton Anatole opened with 1,000 rooms and the hotel took on a massive expansion to accommodate the Republican National Convention in 1984, which Crow was instrumental in securing. The addition included a 27-story tower containing 700 rooms, a ballroom, meeting space, shops, a health club, and a seven-acre garden. As an interesting aside, the Anatole is widely considered to be the last hotel to house a sitting President (Reagan) and VP (Bush) under the same roof. As a nod to the hotel's own presidential past, the hotel's Grand Presidential suites (6 suites ranging from 1400-2400 square feet) are named after noteworthy American icons like Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and have been decorated with authentic photos, letters, mementos, and other memorabilia as a reminder to guests of the property's past.
If you are an art lover, the Hilton Anatole is equal parts hotel and museum, boasting one of the largest private collections of antiques and art in the United States. Over 1,000 art objects, including a casting of Riding Into the Sunset and two sections of the Berlin Wall, just one of five places in America to house a portion of the Wall, are located throughout the resort.
Thanks largely in part to the hotel's ownership, Crow Holdings, and a partnership with the local Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Anatole's collection also includes a wide variety of priceless pieces including two 12-foot panels of the Berlin Wall painted by Jurgen Grosse, a custom large-scale kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin, and 17th century artifacts that once graced the palaces of emperors. If guests want to experience the art collection, the hotel offers a number of programs including a free mobile app, an art dine-around for groups where food and art are paired, and a one-mile art walk where 100 of the hotel's most iconic pieces are included.
To continue with the Texas large theme, Hilton Anatole is in the process of converting a portion of the hotel's seven-acre Sculpture Park and Tennis Courts into JadeWaters, a world-class water facility unparalleled in North Texas. Drawing inspiration from the modern Asian influences present throughout Hilton Anatole, the roughly 3-acre project will include multiple heated swimming pools (including a beach-entry family pool), two 30-foot slides, luxury cabanas, recreation areas, in addition to enhanced walking paths and green spaces. For added convenience for guests, the hotel will also add a new outdoor restaurant and bar, as well as a separate 23-seat swim-up bar. The full complex will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, with the leisure pool operating year round.
Whether you are traveling for pleasure, passing through, or staying for business, the Hilton Anatole promises to give you an authentic Texas-large experience all around where art and presidential history converge.