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Hotel or Waterpark? Dallas' Hilton Anatole to Open Resort-Style Pool Complex

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | October 22, 2015

Hotel or Waterpark? Dallas' Hilton Anatole to Open Resort-Style Pool Complex

Dallas' Hilton Anatole is set to undergo an extensive but exciting transformation in the coming months. 

The 1,600-plus-room hotel, located in Dallas' Design District, announced earlier this month that it will receive a new $15 million resort-style outdoor pool complex highlighted by multiple swimming pools, an outdoor restaurant and a swim-up bar with seating for nearly two dozen people.

The new three-acre complex, which will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year beginning in 2016, is designed to appeal to guests of all ages.

"We're striving to create a relaxed yet sophisticated environment that will be equally welcoming to families, couples and even business travelers," said hotel General Manager Harold Rapoza.

In addition to a 4,000-square-foot leisure pool (that will be heated and operate year-round) and a 630-foot-long lazy river, the project will include a 7,000-square-foot activity pool featuring a beach entry and a kids area as well as a special splash zone boasting a pair of 30-foot-tall and 180-foot-long water slides. 

And while the new outdoor area will feature all the perks of a water park, it won't lack comfort.

For example, adult guests looking to cool off and unwind at the same time will be able to visit the 23-seat swim-up bar, or grab a bite and a drink at the complex's 120-seat outdoor bar and grill.

"We wanted to bring that family atmosphere with a shallow area and an advanced tween area with water slides and pool toys," TBG Partners Principal Kent Mendenhall told the Dallas Business Journal. "But we also wanted a pristine atmosphere and to make sure that you could still have a quiet serene experience, so we broke off the adult pool."

The Asian-inspired complex will also comprise private luxury cabanas, more than a dozen new art pieces and multiple spaces for hosting events.

"Not only will the design incorporate two new event lawns, but with the growing trend of 'biz-cation' travel, the new addition will also assist groups in increasing overall attendance and the willingness of group guests to extend stays to enjoy the hotel with their families," added Rapoza, who is confident the project will be unique to the area.

"While other area hotels have built waterpark-like attractions, we are modeling our complex after upscale, resort-style pools more similar to what you would find in Scottsdale, Orlando or San Antonio," he said. "We feel that once complete, the pool's world-class design, plush private cabanas and incorporation of art will distinguish our product as an unparalleled offering in North Texas."

The hotel will operate as normal over the course of the eight-month construction, which is expected to be completed by mid-May 2016.

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