21 August 2007

My hotel in Las Colinas, Irving, Texas

I am in Dallas this week for a series of workshops and meetings with my current client. The whole area is a suburban sprawl called the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, i.e. the two original cities and intermediate towns (like Irving) have now all merged into one.

"Las Colinas is a developed area in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. Due to its central location between Dallas and Fort Worth and its proximity to DFW Airport, Las Colinas has been a viable place in the Metroplex for corporate and business relocation. As a planned community, it is synonymous with corporation offices, luxury hotels, landmark office towers on shining lakes, private country clubs, gated executive enclaves and urban lofts." ~ from Wikipedia.

What this means in reality is lots of modern buildings spread widely apart, some landscaping, lots of roads, very few pavements, fewer pedestrians and all the usual American shops and dinners ("restaurants" is too posh a word for them).

I am staying at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites - Las Colinas which gives me two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and free wireless internet!! As you can see from the picture, it is situated next to some water. It is also only a few hundred meters from the client's offices and I managed to walk back yesterday despite the heat (over 30 degrees) and the lack of a pavement for most of the way.

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