After almost two and a half years of construction, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel has opened across the street from the Forth Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, it announced last week. With 614 rooms and nearly 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space, the hotel promises to permanently change Fort Worth's skyline, as well as its appeal as a meetings destination, according to Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.
"The Omni Fort Worth Hotel has changed the downtown skyline forever," he said in a statement. "While there has been so much growth in Fort Worth, our capacity to support the demand for convention business has finally been fulfilled. Omni is an unbelievable partner that has built one of its greatest hotels right here in Fort Worth."
Construction crews broke ground on the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in August 2006 and finished work in time for a grand opening ceremony that was held on Jan. 12, 2009.
Created with Fort Worth's Texas roots in mind, the property features a "Western chic" design, according to hotel officials, with guest room decor that includes distinctly Western touches such as saddle-blanket throws and stitched pillows. It also offers a full-service fitness center, wireless Internet access, on-premise dining and an on-site spa, not to mention a suite of 29 meeting rooms that includes the 18,788-square-foot grand Texas Ballroom, as well as 6,500 square feet of outdoor event space and 20,000 square feet of landscaped rooftop space.
"This is an exciting day for Omni Hotels and the city of Fort Worth," said General Manager Ed Netzhammer.
It was also an exciting day for Fort Worth's sister city, Dallas, which enjoyed a sneak peek at its convention future, as Dallas city officials recommended in November that Omni Hotels be the operator for the proposed 1,000-room Dallas Convention Center Hotel, currently scheduled to open in 2012.