Here's a little more info on the new W Hotel for Dallas. Groundbreaking (well, underground parking garage digging) will get started this week. The opening date is still the first quarter of 2006.
The hotel/condo combo will be a 31-story, wedge-shaped tower — lots of glass and stainless steel, and a signature cantilevered wing on the rooftop.
The first 15 floors of the 31-story tower will be for hotel rooms and suites, and floors 17 to 30 will be condos. The 31st floor will house the Ghost Bar similar to the bar atop the Palms casino resort in Las Vegas.
The tower's first floor will have a restaurant featuring a yet-to-be-named celebrity chef, a lobby bar and a dozen retail stores, predominantly fashion retail, including apparel, accessories and shoes.
The 15th floor, tehcnically the top of the "hotel portion", will be designated the "Texas floor," with super-size everything. The ceilings will be 11 feet high, and the beds will be eight feet long nicely targeted at those NBA teams headed to the AAC. The 16th floor will have The Bliss Spa (which Starwood owns) and Infinity Pool.
That's about it for now.