• Teelesia Martin

Hotel Review: Omni Frisco

Omni Frisco Hotel is the official home of the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and training facilities. It’s also a social hub in the Frisco area. This hotel stands in a class of its own, offering world class customer service and experience in Frisco, Texas. From the elegant entry and smiling faces to the surrounding amenities, there is something for everybody when you stay here. The hotel is located in Frisco, a city on the North side of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. You can find several museums, parks, shopping malls and outstanding restaurants minutes away. The staff continuously provides personalized and professional service to create a comforting and memorable experience. However, prices here can be steep so check for off days in low season!

The Room

This lifestyle hotel offers luxury guest rooms in every category. From standard contemporary deluxe rooms with pretty finishes and 2 Queen beds to 500+ sq ft Suites featuring a sectional sofa in the separate sitting area, kitchenette and oversized soaking tubs. Each room comes carpeted, with floor to ceiling windows, a Keurig Coffee Maker, in-room safe and a functional workspace with wi-fi internet. The bathrooms have lighted makeup mirrors for the ladies. That is customer service! I stayed in a Standard Deluxe Room, as that’s what Budget Behavior could afford. Besides, who needs a couch in their hotel room? The plush 80,000 count sheets (slight exaggeration) and duvet on the bed felt like a cloud of heaven. I could sleep there all day and night. The bathrooms are made up of quartz countertops and separate toilet areas. The shower is quite annoying as the glass door only covers half the shower. I see this in fancy places often. It looks nice but it functions like trash. You get water all over the floor every time. Nevertheless, I showered and the water pressure was great! You could watch regular cable channels or stream your own movies on the built-in 55 inch flat screen TV. The floor to ceiling windows either look out to the back of the hotel, toward the Star or to the front. I recommend requesting a room on the back. The view was amazing! Everything lights up at night and you can look down on the pool deck, players field and even inside the training arena if you’re room is up high enough.

The Amenities

The hotel lobby/reception area was clean, roomy and inviting. This place gave me the royal treatment. I pulled up in the front valet entrance to check in because I refuse to waste time walking around aimlessly looking for labeled parking or entrance doors, without knowledge. And also because that’s what the ballers do! Anyways, the big brown doors are immediately opened by the bellhop upon arrival, your keys are given to valet staff (even though you are not valet-ing) and your bags are taken and stored on a cart to be transported to your room after you check in. The customer service was top notch. I had to do a hair flip or 2 to the valet guys. This makes sure your car is safe!

After checking in and drooling over the views from my hotel room window, I decided to take a walk around and the hotel and check out the other amenities. The slight rooftop deck pool was gorgeous. I say slight rooftop because it was a few decks up, on the 4th floor rooftop, rather than the actual 16 floor hotel rooftop. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful infinity pool with an outdoor bar/lounge area, overlooking the Omni facility and grounds. You could reserve VIP cabanas, order drinks and party to the live onsite DJ all day!

This hotel also has a full service 24 hour fitness center for those of us (not me on vacation) that don’t want to interrupt our fitness routine while traveling. Upon entry, they have complimentary water, fruit, towels and locker rooms. The gym has pretty standard equipment, bikes, treadmills, free weights, ellipticals and exercise balls. However, for the gym rats, if the hotel gym is not enough for you, they offer packages at the front desk for you to use the 60,000 sq ft luxury gym right out back across the field, where the Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders train and workout. This season is all about health and wellness right?

The outdoor landscaping is just as beautiful, if not better. Obviously, this is the home and headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys so you expect luxury and world class entertainment. The outdoor plaza sits aside the Cowboys football field replica, called the Star, outside the 12,000-seat stadium, Ford Center. Take a step back and check out the dazzling lights, player’s flags and the memorable big screen monitor constantly showing replays of the Dallas Cowboys best moments.

The Food

Inside the lobby area, you will find a full service restaurant and a chicly designed, well-stocked wine bar. The wine bar is quite expensive with potato chips coming in at $8 accompanying a $10 baguette. A glass of 6oz Rose was $19. No thanks, water please! If you must have Rose, head upstairs and order at the pool bar for $12. The Omni does offer Sunday buffet brunch on the outdoor patio on occasion. The food is amazing, everything from egg benedicts and waffles to freshly carved meats and omelet stations. This comes in at a whopping $50pp though, depending on the occasion. However, I love brunch and this was worth it! While inside the lobby, you can also shop at the Charlotte Jones Collection Luxury Boutique that offers a variety of fashion forward clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, home décor and branded Dallas Cowboys items. They had the cute little battery operated jeeps branded in Dallas Cowboys glitters and emblems for the kids.

A stone’s throw across the street is a complete entertainment center full of dining, nightlife and shopping. Any age can have a blast here. I thought it would be wack until I heard “I’m gonna swing from the chandelier” from the pool deck of the hotel on Saturday night. I knew I had to go check out the party! I ate sushi at the Sushi Marquee (great food and prices) and then headed next door to Concrete Cowboy, which is a lively sports bar that turns into a relaxed nightclub scene on weekends. This spot was diverse and fun. The wings here are great as well. If you wanna check out the other food options without leaving the premises, there are several restaurants within this entertainment center. Liberty Burger (burgers), Cane Rosso (pizza), Mi Cocina (Tex-Mex), Tupelo Honey (Southern), Yucatan Taco Stand (tacos), Zaytinya (Mediterranean), Nestle Toll House (ice cream) Cow Tipping Creamery (ice cream) and good ole Texas Raisin Cane’s (chicken).

The Overall Experience

My stay at Omni Frisco was amazing. The customer service is A1 and the facility is well kept, clean and pretty. This was the perfect getaway. The rates tend to fluctuate dramatically at times so I would definitely stay here again but only off season, when prices are low. If you are a true Dallas Cowboys fan, it’s worth every bit of your money. If not, save a little, stay down the street at a less expensive but classy hotel, and come hangout at the Omni for great quality services and surrounding amenities. After all, the Omni does feature a 91-acre entertainment district just steps away from the hotel. How much does it take for you to be entertained?

Are you a Cowboys fan? Did you know they have a hotel/resort dedicated to them that you could afford? Next time you’re in Dallas, head North and check out the chilled out Frisco area. Stay in the Omni if you have a few extra dollars. Remember, pull up in valet just to check in and be seen. You can ball out on a budget too!

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