Texas hotel completes public-space renovation

The Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge at the Omni Las Colinas hotel will be the heart of the hotel’s new poolscape. Photo credit: Omni Las Colinas Hotel (Omni Las Colinas)

In Dallas, the Omni Las Colinas Hotel, formerly the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, has completed a $13 million renovation to common space amenities including The Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge—a new resort-style poolscape and lounge area—as well as three new dining concepts: LRH Restaurant & Bar, Flossie’s and Over the Counter.
  
“During the renovation process, it was important for us to celebrate our natural surroundings and incorporate elements of leisure to reflect the spirit of Las Colinas,” said Nydia Hoskins, general manager of the property. “We’re proud to welcome thousands of out-of-town visitors throughout year, and now we’re able to truly showcase the local color and local flavor of Las Colinas with our hotel guests.” 
 
The Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge at the Omni Las Colinas hotel will be the heart of the hotel’s new poolscape. The lounge space has a mix of bar seating and poolside dining, three fire pits, multiple TVs and fans to keep guests cool. Inspired by the modern Texas influence that is embedded in the community, the new poolscape has a resort-style pool with 161 chaise lounge chairs, views of Lake Carolyn, daybeds, private cabanas, a “secret garden,” multiple yard games and tree swings. 

LRH, which stands for “Little Ranch of the Hills or El Ranchito de Las Colinas,” pays homage to the legacy of Ben Carpenter, the historical cattle rancher who developed the Las Colinas area in 1972. The new lobby bar and restaurant is meant to be a focal point as guests enter the hotel. Contemporary design elements complement accents of quartz and brass mixed with a palate of neutral tones. The lounge space is separated with an antique mirror.

Flossie’s name also is a nod to Las Colinas history: Flossie was the name of Ben Carpenter’s mother. The restaurant, which was formerly Trevi’s, will serve breakfast daily. The space can be transformed for various private events throughout the day. The design of the space was inspired by Texas culture, incorporating earth tones for a calming environment.
             
As the first Over the Counter concept to roll out across the Omni brand, OTC at Omni Las Colinas Hotel is an upscale, gourmet market with a variety of branded food snacks, bottled beverages, coffee and espresso drinks. Guests can either sit or stand for a quick snack or grab a freshly prepared baked good, sandwich, salad or pastry to go. OTC also will have a selection of local products available for purchase, including Texas-centric items like cookbooks written by Dallas-area authors, candles and apparel. The light and airy space is complemented by bands of black and white penny tiles, matte black and satin brass metals and solid oak cabinetry.

The hotel also added a new private 10,700 square-foot outdoor event space.