The opening day is 11-11-11, some 106 days away, and the place is a dusty construction site crawling with hardhats and tool belts. But it is already AMAZING. Jack “I Spilled Stuff on My New Shirt” Bradshaw and Jeff “I Wore a Sports Jacket and I’m Sweating My Butt Off” Hinson joined me for a tour of the new Omni Convention Center Hotel today, and all we can say is … Wow. Everything about the 1,001-room hotel — owned by the good citizens of Dallas, by the way — is impressive. The interior design is unexpectedly elaborate, woodsy, and detailed. It is Silver LEED Certified for eco-friendliness and so high tech it hurts. The rooms are sumptuous and artsy. And it will definitely boast the coolest sports bar downtown Dallas has ever seen, The Owner’s Box.
Our tour guides were Ed Netzhammer, Regional Senior VP for Omni who is the Gen. Patton of this project (and Managing Director of the new hotel), and Nils Stolzlechner, a handsome Austrian who will be the Omni’s general manager. Both men ooze competence and enthusiasm, noting every minute improvement, and shaking their heads over the tiniest flaw they find. The $500 million hotel is being developed by Matthews Southwest and is right on schedule for its November debut. Get ready to be dazzled.