Dallas is home to many gorgeous experiences from the arts scene, the Arboretum, and the sports scene to day trekking and historic landmarks. As such, we are blessed with an array of world class hotels. The Hilton Anatole is one of the most welcoming and artistically stunning locally. For the 4th year in a row, the Hilton Anatole welcomes guests to enjoy a magical display of festive holiday wonder and catch a bit of the fabulous hospitality that Dallas and Hilton are known for.
When we posted the event listing for this event, see here, for ticketing and event details. We received several emails and DM messages about what’s new, how to experience it and wanting all the scoop. Thank you to the Hilton team for hosting my family to come for a visit so that we can share all the details, make memories together and of course, share my own opinions about the experience.
Situated with a gorgeous view of Downtown Dallas, the Hilton Anatole is a 45 acre urban resort nestled within easy access of I-35 and I-30. The hotel itself has 1,660 rooms that are thoughtfully appointed with luxurious linens, toileries from Crabtree and Evelyn and refined with world-class, museum quality art. We arrived on Friday evening, after a busy week of school, work and running the sometimes breathtaking speed of modern life. Immediately upon stepping inside the doors, we were greeted by the friendly smiles from the porters and caught a glimpse of the gorgeous Tower lobby tree dressed in all of it’s holiday glory.
Check-in was a breeze, and we grinned happily and absorbed the relaxed ambiance of the festively adorned lobby as we leisurely found our way to the Meet and Greet with Santa Reception, off of the Atrium. The kids were greeted with cookies and sweet Christmas treats. The Bigs dressed hot chocolates with sprinkles and whipped cream, and I sipped a coffee while we waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus.
After indulging in the much needed restorative of sweets, my youngest decided to whisper his request only to Mr. Santa and my bigger kids joined in on the fun. His face couldn’t have gotten any brighter than when Santa grinned and chatted with him about his day and the holiday season. The delight was contagious and by time we were done all three of my kids were grinning and happily smiling in this year’s Santa picture.
A few minutes later, the bellman met us at our room with our luggage. We got settled in, unpacked, plugged in devices, staked out spaces and took at minute to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking view from our room. We were up on the 17th floor with a view of Dallas that cannot be beat. The sparking lights of Peppermint Park and moon reflecting from the Jade Waters called to us while the brilliant Margaret Hunt bridge and the Dallas skyline were a perfect frame for the fun that was to come.
After dinner, I promised the kids that they could go and try “everything” at Peppermint Park, situated in the interior courtyard of the Anatole, flanked by the Jade Waters waterpark and the Veranda Spa. And after they got bundled up, try everything — they did. Ok, two words. — “Worth It!”
They bounced in the bounce house, made s’mores by the fire, played mini-golf, danced to holiday tunes, posed in a giant snowglobe and competed against each other in carnival style games — and best of all — they were simply kids, having fun, devices down and enjoying each others company. It was the stuff that memories are made of. I heard laughter, happy giggles and even put my own phone down.
Leisurely, we found our way back to the room, enjoyed our evening snacks that we snagged from the This and That shop on the lower level and settled in to rest and recharge before Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. And if you are thinking of sleeping through breakfast — don’t! You will not want to miss this decadent experience. It starts with story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the entire ballroom is transformed into a wintery wonderland perfect for enjoying all of your favorite breakfast treats.
When we had our fill, we went inside to wander around the Anatole. By this point, a couple of holiday parties were underway, and the beautiful people in gowns and tuxes strolled through the lobby. Parents walked kids in pajamas to the Movie Night and others were posted up at tables nibbling snacks from the market or one of the on-site restaurants. Our stroll took us past nooks designed for relaxing, beautiful pieces of art, literal treasures that are displayed for your viewing pleasure. The whole effect was a soothing and serene space apart from the hustle and bustle that my children appreciated, and I loved seeing their delight and finding new works that I never noticed and am happy to have discovered.
The buffet had everything from cereal and tender pancakes with bacon and smoked sausage for your meat-lovers to make your own migas, fresh fruit, creamy yogurt and probably the best granola that I’ve had in awhile. I loved that there was pretty much an option for every picky eater, and even those that are more adventurous and craving more savory options. Also, don’t miss the Make Your Own Beverage Station — you can choose from cider, coffee and hot chocolate, lovingly dressed by hand with your choice festive decoration.
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And wrapping up with a decadent pajamas, if you like, breakfast with Santa with plenty of savory and sweet options for your happy morning eaters. Don't miss the hot beverage station…I went with the cappuccino dressed with fesrive stars. Z opted for hot chocolate. #hiltonanatole #AnatoleChristmasVIP #anatolememories #brightblessings #ChristmasinDallas #dallas #mydtd #travelTexas #staycation
All in all it is a decadent experience that is made for families, all sorts. Single parent, dual parent, special needs and grandparents looking to create experiences for their children and littles, I saw them all and witnessed something pretty amazing. Everyone was making memories that will last a lifetime. There was no rush, no hustle, no bustle, a minimal schedule and space to simply be with the people that you love, doing something fabulous, celebrating my absolute favorite season … and quite frankly that is the greatest luxury and the best gift.
The Hilton Anatole is at 2201 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas. To reserve your experience and to learn more, visit here.