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A hotel that puts the W in Wow!

Posted 2:52pm on Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010

After the worst winter in my memory where I felt as if I was trapped in the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day  with all of the wintry mixes and snow that seemed never-ending. Then, at least here in Fort Worth, we basically skipped spring and dove headfirst into a sizzling hot Texas summer. Translation: "I need to get away, if only for a day or two."

I decided to venture over to our cosmopolitan neighbor to the east (aka Dallas) and stay at the posh W Dallas-Victory Hotel. The W is tucked into a corner of Victory Park directly across the street from American Airlines Center, so it was the perfect spot for us with its close proximity to so many things to experience.

It started the second I pulled up next the the huge W sign that rested atop a running fountain before entering the "L.A.-like" lobby. From the moment we were welcomed by the front desk agent and given a room up on the 14th floor, I really felt the "Whatever/Whenever" experience that was advertised. I was staying on the "Summer in the City" package that at first seemed to good to be true. We received a teal bag at check-in that included access for 2 to Ghostbar (the rooftop ultra lounge on the 33rd floor of the W), 10 percent off at the hotel's contemporary restaurant Craft, a disposable W camera (take some snapshots and enter to win a suite and a massage at Bliss), and free valet parking.

The panoramic view from our room across to the downtown Dallas skyline was very cool. But honestly, I couldn't wait to check out WET, the amazing outdoor infinity pool located on the 16th floor. Since we had two free cocktails from our package, it was destined to be our first stop. I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to leave. I know it's called WET, but on this day it could have easily been renamed Heavenly Bodies , due to the amount of beautiful people relaxing in the water and on the overly comfy chairs. The bartender, clad in a bikini and white shorts, was perfect for the environment we were in. Not only was she super hot, but our service was right on the money.

That night we hit up the Living Room bar in the lobby for a couple of drinks and actually sat out on the patio that looks across to American Airlines Center. I thought of all the good memories I've had there from Mavs and Stars games to concerts. We enjoyed the hotel so much that we never even needed to take advantage of the complimentary (with driver) Acura MDX cars that the W offers as part of its Acura Experience.

Back in the room, I lounged around watching Entourage and got a good laugh as they were hanging at the W in Hollywood. Then we saw on ESPN how LeBron James and co. were hanging at the W South Beach in celebration of his joining the Miami Heat. My buddies and I always joke around about wanting the Entourage-lifestyle, and for the moment, I was living it.

The next morning, we got our free American Breakfast in Bed for two (yet another perk of the package). Since I indulged a little too much, I hit up the 3,000 sq. ft SWEAT fitness center up on the 17th floor. It was designed by Larry North and featured tons of equipment and gear. All I needed was the treadmill as I burned a few calories while watching SportsCenter.

Before I knew it, my "Summer in the City" playcation was over and it was time to return to reality. As we left the big city behind and returned to Fort Worth, we were in agreement that the W had indeed wowed us. The package is available through September 30. Rates start at $199 and can be booked online or by calling 877-782-0104 and mentioning package promo code WSUMPKG1-4.

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