Gaylord Texan Resort Family Review— Grapevine, TX
On the outside, the resort is surrounded by acres of live greenery, seasonal blooms of many colors, trails, and parts of Lake Grapevine peeking out. The inside is just as surreal. The atrium blows my mind every time I see it. Lots of live greenery and flowers fill the atrium, and it’s just magical. This Gaylord Texan Resort family review is by Kim, owner of Texas Travel Talk.
I have been to the Gaylord Texan so many times I’ve lost count. I’ve taken all my grandchildren, friends, mom, many family members, and son, Brody, and it never gets old or dull. I like how the decor changes from year to year. And, if you’re wondering if you can visit Gaylord Texan without staying there. The answer is yes, of course. You can enjoy the atrium, dine in the restaurants, and marvel over all the decorations (especially during the holidays). Everyone is welcome.
Full Disclosure: I have partnered with Gaylord Texan for at least the last thirteen years. But I remember we took our granddaughter when she was three, either at the first ICE show or the second one, and I had no idea I’d be working with them as an influencer.
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Gaylord Texan Resort Family Review
For some, visiting Gaylord Texan is a once-in-a-lifetime visit, especially during the holidays. But for others, it’s an every-year occurrence. Grandparents love to spoil their grandkids here. But, whatever it is to you, live it up, spoil your family, and have a great time. There is so much to do when a particular event is happening. Otherwise, visiting the pools and Paradise Springs in summer is all the craze. Just ask your kids!
- Free Public Wi-Fi throughout the resort
- Fitness Center
- Full-Service Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Indoor Lap Pool
- Shops onsite
- Escape Room
- Walking trails
- Water park
Room Type: 2000 Rooms, 127 Suites
Hotel Class: A Family Luxury Resort
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-778-1000 or 866-782-7897
How To Get To Gaylord Texan Resort:
Gaylord Texan is located in Grapevine, TX, and DFW Airport services its guests. The drive from Dallas is about 30 minutes or less and about the same distance from downtown Fort Worth.
Parking: $42 Valet and $22 Self-Parking.
Tell us all about the accommodations. Any tips on what to book?
Hotel rooms surround the giant beautiful atrium with live greenery, a pond with big fish, a train going around its tracks, and many picture-worthy places to take those family photos. Ask for an atrium view room if possible – you’ll love it. You may get turned around because it’s so big, but signs everywhere show where things are. Book early if you are going for a special event like ICE!
Check-in is 4 p.m.; check-out is 11 am.
And, by the way, Gaylord Texan is in the Marriott family, so use your points wisely!
Is there a Resort Fee at Gaylord Texan?
Yes, a $26 resort fee per night includes pool and fitness center access.
You and the whole family can do many things, but may I suggest taking time for yourself and booking a spa appointment?
Take a break and unwind at The Relâche Spa with treatment rooms, a coed relaxation area with drinks and snacks, lockers, a steam room, and a sauna. The spa offers body treatments, massages, facials, and more.
Walk, Run, or Jog
Take some time to enjoy the outdoors on the concrete Gaylord Texan Trail with woodland views and sightings of Grapevine Lake.
Indoor 20-meter Lap Pool
A heated pool that is always open. The pool and fitness center are at the end of the Riverwalk atrium.
Outdoor Pool with Waterfall
It’s a nice pool with shade and no shade. The waterfall is nice (my son’s favorite). There is a bar there, too, that serves drinks and bar food. But it doesn’t stay open as long as the pool does.
Paradise Springs Water Park
Four Paradise Springs tickets come with each room rental and six with a suite. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes and takes you there and back. You’ll find me at the lazy river! Gaylord Texan water park day pass is only for guests of the hotel.
Gaylord Texan Water Park hours: Mondays – Thursdays: 9 am – 7 pm
Fridays – Saturdays: 9 am – 8 pm
Restaurants At Gaylord Texan
Dining options are delightful; you’ll have everything from Mexican to fine dining to Italian and sports bar food.
Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill
Hamburgers, beer and large TV’s. Who needs more than that?
Fine dining Italian cuisine. Casual dress code.
Dine with the fish in the atrium at this Tex-Mex restaurant.
Old Hickory Steakhouse
Upscale, intelligent casual dress. The wine cellar opens at 5 pm, and dinner at 5:30 pm. PS. Leave the kids behind.
Open in the morning for your coffee kick. Serves Starbucks coffee and sweets. Closes early.
Mission Plaza Marketplace
Coffee, hot chocolate, ice cream, drinks, and many snack items. Open all the time.
Bites at the outdoor pool and the waterpark
What Type Of Travelers Will You Find Here?
Families, Couples, and Grandparents and their grandchildren.
Are Pets Allowed At Gaylord Texan Resort?
No pets are allowed at Gaylord Texan.
Are there any other hotel features worth noting?
Gaylord Texan Lone Star Christmas – So. Much. Christmas. & ICE!
Every year for at least 15, Gaylord Texan has dazzled the resort with holiday lights, music, family fun, real blocks of ice, and Santa Claus. This is a real treat. Grandparents love taking their grandkids.
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What Is Near The Gaylord Texan Resort?
Grapevine is a much-desired town to visit, and the historic downtown Grapevine is a great place to start. From 10+ wineries, shops galore, and restaurants to satisfy everyone’s palate on Main Street, you’ll want to take a full day to explore. I’m sure it’s not a secret anymore, but Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas. So, you’ll want to make sure to visit during the holidays. With everything festive at the Gaylord and Main Street decked out for the holidays, this would make a few kids giggle …and you!
If you like the nightlife, the Glass Cactus nightclub is within walking distance of the property and offers live music from prominent performers. You do not have to stay at the resort to go here.