RE: ARE WE SICK OF THE GHOSTBAR YET?

A fancy FBvian shares his thoughts on his recent stay at the W. Read on for peeing in the pool:

While staying at the W this past weekend, I visited Ghostbar both Friday and Saturday, which was one vist too many. After spending the night at Ghostbar Friday, I returned Saturday to check out Tommy Lee, who made a complete ass of himself spazzing out behind the dj booth while pretending to spin records next to the real dj. The place is basically a massive 10,000-square-foot open room with great views of downtown but little else to offer. I can’t see any of the Dallas crowd “In-Crowd” wanting to spend any time at this place past opening weekend. Very few people I knew stayed more than 1-2 hours, as the scene just didn’t offer much in the form of dancing or an atmosphere, and the crowd had way too many randoms who simply did not fit in with any scene you want to be associated with. They made this place way too big. It’s at least double the size of Ghostbar in Vegas, and Dallas simply does not have the people to fill this size of venue for a prolonged period of time. The views of downtown are incredible from the Ghostbar terrace, though not worth paying a cover charge.

The valet Friday night took us just over 1 hour to get our car at 11:30, mostly because the valet circle was only one lane deep. How are they going to
manage with another 2 clubs, 8 restaurants, a 45-story office hotel next door, 6 more residential buildings and events every other night at AAC? This is going to turn out to be the biggest parking/traffic debacle in Dallas history.

Craft was a complete joke, charging $40-$50 per entry for microscopic portions and middle-of-the-road service (very similar to The Standard Restaurant on Cedar Springs in Uptown, except at a higher price point), but I guess they will simply feed off the hotel business until there are other options within walking distance. Food was decent but way overpriced.

The W pool was a nightmare and almost completely useless. They only had 8 lounge chairs for several hundred guests, and none of them got any sun the entire day. The water part of the pool itself only got about 3 hours of sun from 2-5 p.m. Lots of people congregating on towels on the cement deck were not happy about the situation. There were also kids and dogs running around all day, which didn’t seem appropriate for this pool scene. About every 10-15 minutes, older couples (perhaps condo owners coming to check out their new condo pool for their million-dollar condo) would come out to the pool, get a horrific look on their face, and just to turn around and leave. This kept us entertained most of the day. Did I mention no bathroom on the pool level? At one point, we were in the pool, and a European women was pulling her small child through the water as he yelled, “Pee! I’m peeing!” And she said, “Yes, you pee, it’s ok, pee now.”

On a positive note, our suite at the W was nothing short of amazing. Two plasma HDTVs, an incredible stereo system, a full living and dining room with more unique ammenities than I have ever experienced at a hotel. The design of the room and bathroom was spectacular. It was one of the most comfortable rooms I have ever experienced. I recommend staying at the W soon, as most other W hotels I have stayed at in LA and NY become run down within a short period of time (stained carpet, damaged furniture), probably due to the style over function in materials used and the type of guest the hotel attracts.

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