itsjrd1964 wrote:And before it flipped to Marriott, it was a Westin hotel for a time. But TNWE, you are somewhat correct as it was the first downtown property that Marriott had that was branded as a Marriott--not as one of the other brands under their umbrella.
When I first moved to Dallas I was struck by how few Major chain properties there were downtown - Just the giant Hyatt, Sheraton, and Marriott (along with the more niche hotels on Commerce and high-end places like the Fairmont). I had some relocation money from my job and was thinking I could bank a bunch of points from staying at an extended-stay hotel within walking distance from the office for a few weeks while I got an apartment sorted, but the only thing even remotely close was the Hyatt House on McKinnon, and being the only game in town for extended stay, they wanted something like $200/night.
Obviously that's now changed, both with new properties being built and the various brands merging or partnering up with local boutiques. I was always shocked when coworkers/consultants from out of town would stay out in Addison or whatever, but at the time they no doubt pulled up the website for their preferred brand, saw the limited selection and/or high prices downtown, and grabbed one of the lower-priced suburban locations, even if it meant renting a car and paying for parking (and every company I've ever worked for would rather pay even more for a rental car and parking than let you go even a penny over the hotel rate limit