There are many important companies, such as AT&T, Energy Future Holdings and Texas Instruments, that house their corporate headquarters down south in Dallas, Texas. If your employer works with any of these big-name firms or another corporation that calls the city home, you may find yourself jetting off to the Lone Star State for a business trip.
Whether you’re going to Dallas for your first trip or are a regular visitor, use this guide to find quality accommodations, great food and an easy mode of transportation.
Where to Stay
If you want the quintessential Dallas experience, stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, a cultural icon within the city. The hotel was formerly the luxurious home of a cotton mogul and is located just north of the Dallas Arts District. The hotel consistently receives impressive reviews from guests and has been named to the Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice lists in recent years.
Business travelers who prefer boutique hotels may want to check out the Hotel ZaZa Dallas. This establishment features one-of-a-kind artwork in every room and an innovative restaurant called Dragonfly.
Sometimes you may prefer accommodations near the airport if you have to jet in and out of the city. In these situations, you’ll be able to book a room at the local Holiday Inn, Westin, Sheraton or Hyatt Regency, all of which are located in close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
What to Eat
When you have a few minutes between business meetings, grab a bite to eat at some of Dallas’ best eateries. For lunch, Thrillist recommends that you stop into Oak in the Design district for a smoked turkey sandwich. The meat is smoked in-house and topped with fresh avocado, bacon and sprouts. Simple, but delicious!
For an Asian-inspired dinner that will impress your business partners, make reservations at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Not only is the food delectable, but you’ll be in awe of the view from the establishment, which is located on the top floor of the Reunion Tower, framed with floor-to-ceiling windows and rotates for dynamic scenery.
“Don’t leave Texas without trying chicken-fried steak.”
Before you depart from Dallas, get your hands on some of the heralded local cuisine, such as chicken-fried steak, Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas and fried ocra.
How to Get Around
Most business travelers fly into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which is located approximately 20 miles outside the city. You have a number of options when it comes to ground transportation in Dallas.
While the Trinity Railway Express, also known as the local commuter rail, stops at the airport and makes its way to downtown Dallas, the train doesn’t run on Sundays and having to carry your luggage on a busy train isn’t ideal. For the most convenient way to get from the airport to downtown and back, book airport car service with GroundLink.
“With just a few taps of the GroundLink mobile app, you can schedule airport transportation to pick you up or take you to the Dallas airport,” Dean Sivley, GroundLink’s CEO, explained. “Not only will you be comfortable and secure in our black cars, but with our on-time pickup guarantee and flight tracking capabilities, you’ll be able to stick to your itinerary.”