North Texas’ New $550M Landmark: Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center Debuts in Entertainment District

The new hotel, at 888 Nolan Ryan Expressway, is Loews Hotel & Co.'s second and largest hotel in Arlington, and is described as "the first-of-its-kind" in the market. All together, the Loews Arlington complex offers nearly 1,200 guest rooms and 300,000 square feet of meeting space. One of its upcoming attractions: the 2024 MLB All-Star Game in July.

The state-of-the-art Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center has opened in Arlington, bringing a “world-class resort experience” to the heart of the one of the top sports and entertainment districts in the U.S.

The new hotel, at 888 Nolan Ryan Expressway, is Loews Hotel & Co.’s second and largest hotel in Arlington. The company calls it “the first-of-its-kind” in the market.

“This opening marks a new day for the meetings and events business in North Texas with the addition of a new resort in the sports and entertainment capital of the world,” Alex Tisch, president & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co., said in a statement. “We anticipate to fill the hotel with sports enthusiasts and entertainment fans during game days and concerts, and the rest of the time, with corporations, associations and incentive groups, who will enjoy some of the best meeting space in America.”

From nearly 1,200 guest rooms to the region’s largest hotel ballroom

Loews describes its new Arlington attraction as a full-service meetings, events, and resort destination that caters to groups of all sizes, as well as families.

The hotel is connected to the new Arlington Convention Center, which is also operated by Loews Hotels & Co, and to the existing 300-room Live! By Loews Hotel, along with its amenities, via skybridge. All together, Loews said its complex in Arlington will have 1,188 rooms and nearly 300,000 square feet of “best-in-class” meeting space.

Loews said the property offers 266,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and convention space, accommodating groups of up to 5,000 guests. The company also boasts that the venue’s 51,000-square-foot ballroom is “the largest hotel ballroom in North Texas.”

Dining and amenities

Loews Arlington Hotel has five new restaurants and lounges including Farena, a three-meal Italian restaurant with two “larger-than-life” wood-fired stone pizza ovens and a Pasta Lab with fresh pasta made in-house daily.

Other dining options include Veranda, an al fresco extension of Farena located under a covered patio; Tomar El Sol, translated to “drink up the sun,” which embraces the restaurant’s poolside location; Railbird, an artisanal market and coffee shop; and a lobby bar and lounge.

Soy Cowboy, a pan-Asian fusion concept by Berg Hospitality will make its debut this summer.

Guests will have access to other amenities including a full-service spa and salon, resort-style beach club with two pools, cabanas, fire pits, a water slide, and a man-made sandy beach.

Ready to host 2024 MLB All-Star Game in July

“Sporting events, theme parks, great food, and live entertainment—the new Loews Arlington and Convention Center puts visitors right in the heart of everything our vibrant Entertainment District has to offer,” Arlington Mayor Jim Ross said in a statement.

“With its prime location, premium amenities, and more than a quarter million square feet of meeting space, this venue gives Arlington a competitive edge over other major event and convention centers across the country,” the mayor added. “We appreciate the commitment from our partners, Loews Hotels & Co and the Texas Rangers, for their continued work to elevate Arlington’s reputation as a premiere sports and tourism destination.”

Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is part of phase two of the development of Arlington’s Entertainment District.

“Today marks another significant milestone for Arlington and the Entertainment District,” Texas Rangers Managing Partner & Majority Owner Ray Davis said in a statement. “As the new Loews Arlington and Convention Center opens its doors, this area increases its capacity to host some of the country’s biggest sports and entertainment events as well as major conventions. The Rangers are proud the majority of the events and activations for the 2024 Major League All-Star Game in July will take place right here in the Entertainment District.”

‘Loews Loves Arlington’

To commemorate the opening, Loews said it commissioned Arlington-based artist and educator Justin Ginsberg to create a glass-blown sculpture.

Ginsberg is assistant chair and glass area coordinator in the Art History Department and an assistant professor at UT Arlington. Ginsberg’s work has been featured in museums around the nation, including his most recent solo exhibition, Sky Column: Shaking the Shadow, at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth.

“Loews Hotels & Co continues to be invested in the City of Arlington. We wanted to celebrate the opening of Loews Arlington in a meaningful way by deepening the relationships with our community partners and showcasing the incredible local talent,” Complex Managing Director Stephen Cummings said in a statement. “Justin has been wonderful to work with and brought our vision to life.”

The sculpture is titled Loews Loves Arlington and its infinity heart shape and the timing of the hotel’s opening is appropriate–one day before Valentine’s Day. The sculpture will be on display permanently in the Library of the Loews Arlington lobby for guests and locals to view.

Loews Hotels & Co worked with HKS as the architect and Looney & Associates on the interior design for the hotel. Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center was built by JE Dunn, who built the Loews Kansas City Hotel, which opened in June 2020. Con-Real and Nehmer, both of Arlington, also were involved in the development of the project.

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