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September 14, 2013

Star Treatment

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Last weekend we had the pleasure of staying at a very special Starwood Hotel & Resort property. It is near and dear to us because we pass this expansive property every day. It is on the edge of our neighborhood and is enveloped by the nearby country club golf course. Dallas, as you may know, is flat as a pancake and dry as a bone. Not the makings for natural beauty, right? But our little corner of big D is home to rolling hills, mature trees, sparkling lakes and sweeping vistas. It is, quite simply, magical.  

The Westin Stonebriar is positioned to take advantage of these natural assets. It is situated on a hilltop affording it breathtaking views of the golf course, adjacent upscale neighborhoods and (my personal favorite) beautiful sunsets. 

Saturday we had the rare opportunity to stay in the Chairman's Suite at this property. Hello, luxury! Trust me when I tell you, even by Texan standards, this was the most generously sized suite I've ever seen. 2,184 square feet to be exact. After entering the foyer (yes, foyer) you enter a living room with fireplace and amazing views of the view beyond the balony. To the left, an office & dining room await. Did I mention it also contains a complete kitchen? And to the right you pass through double doors to enter a bedroom boasting an en suite master bath that would make Zsa Zsa Gabor gasp. The best feature? The balcony. This beautiful outdoor terrace was so large it could double as a yoga studio. Amazing! 

God is in the details, of course, and that's where The Westin Stonebriar shines. Their attentive staff balanced an on-site wedding Saturday evening and a bustling Sunday morning brunch like pros. Their smiling faces were on hand to attend to guest's needs at every turn. We even had a craving for chocolate chip cookies that evening and were treated to a plate of the most delicious freshly baked cookies I can recall eating. Simply fabulous. 

What did we love best? It's hard to pin down. This particular property sits in a golden location. It is located on the edge of Plano's corporate HQ zone, making it ideal for business travelers. But for those on vacation and luxury seekers like myself it is a five minute drive to high-end shopping, novelty boutiques, world-class restaurants, busy nightlife options and anything your pretty little heart desires. We love, love, love the location. It's precisely why we live nearby!

On the other hand, those looking to "stay in" can luxuriate by the pool (which offers solicitous attendants taking orders from bronzed sunbathers enjoying summer's last days), indulge in one of the property's restaurants, bars and cafes or enjoy room service. The fitness center rivaled my local Lifetime Fitness (honestly, it was so high-end that I asked if it was possible to pay for membership to their gym. Alas, this fitness mecca is for hotel property guests only). Golf your thing? Lucky you, Stonebriar Country Club is just outside with two championship 18-hole golf courses and 8 tennis courts.

And though we didn't travel far for the experience, we were not alone. It turns out the hotel is a favorite of many in the adjacent neighborhoods. Families regularly come for the weekend and many are regulars for the outstanding Sunday brunch scene. We personally enjoyed this Starwood property so much that we've already booked a room for family coming down to Dallas next week. Its location is unrivaled and the warm southern hospitality simply can't be topped. 

Why am I sharing this with you? Because you could enjoy rock star treatment at a Starwood property yourself - on the house. Life in a Venti Cup is partnering with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to offer one lucky Venti Cup reader a free getaway. Details will be provided tomorrow when this exciting giveaway begins. Until then, start plotting your own getaway

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Wow how fun...and you got to enjoy all the perks, looks beautiful!

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