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Enjoy a Touch of Venice on a Beautiful Lone Star State Lake

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Dallas Marriott Las Colinas offers an unexpected touch of Venice right in the heart of Texas. The Las Colinas Marriott was the perfect place to spend a hot August weekend. As temperatures hovered at 103 degrees, our AC went out in Dallas. What a blessing to move into a spacious Parlor Suite at the nearby Marriott Hotel for the weekend. We were thankful to take the hotel up on their offer to stay there. With our AC on the blink, the timing couldn’t have been better. Plus, we wanted a first-hand look at the improvements from their recent multi-million dollar renovation. As one of the first hotels built 19 years ago in the upscale, master-planned community of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas sits on the shores of Lake Carolyn.

As most Texans know that being close to a large body of water automatically makes the temperature 10 degrees cooler. Maybe it just feels that way, since looking at a lake is so soothing.

Authentic Italian Gondolas Cruise Lake Carolyn

Enjoy a Touch of Venice on a Beautiful Lone Star State Lake
Photo: Jo Ann Holt

The thriving community around the Marriott offers an unusual but delightful sight, with authentic Italian gondolas taking passengers to cruise its canals. While we didn’t have time for a gondola cruise, it was fun watching them go by from our window. Almost like being in Venice! We vowed to return for a cruise on Lake Carolyn sometime soon.

All guest rooms, public and meeting spaces, the restaurant, bar/lounge, and Marriott’s signature “Great Room lobby” were completely renovated. Their new look showcases our rustic Texas heritage and Las Colinas’ ranching industry, also drawing inspiration from the region’s rolling hills. Favorably impressed from the moment we entered the spacious lobby, we admired their choice of materials like South Texas limestone brick and Post Oak end tables.

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