• Artful Accommodations at HALL Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED April 14, 2020
     
  • Artful Accommodations at HALL Arts Hotel

     
    POSTED April 14, 2020
     

This past December, the HALL Arts Hotel opened in Dallas. Located in the largest contiguous arts district in the country, the hotel features 183 rooms, 19 suites, a rooftop pool, restaurant and lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

With a passion for the arts woven into the very DNA of the property, the hotel boasts a diverse collection of impactful, thought-provoking works of art that celebrate established and emerging talents. The property collaborated with the former chief curator of the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program, Virginia Shore, and longtime art advocate and HALL Group curator Patricia Meadows, to curate a collection of specially commissioned pieces.

Highlights in the collection include a piece at the hotel entrance by Alison Watt, a contemporary Scottish painter known for her realistic depiction of drapery and figures. Spencer Finch’s “Asteroid,” an ethereal light installation, hangs in the dining room of the on-site restaurant. And in the lobby’s entryway you’ll find Lava Thomas's "Resistance Reverb: Movements 1 & 2,” a nod to the historical use of tambourines  by protestors and advocates during times of activism.

HALL Arts Hotel offers more than 6,000 square feet of meeting and events space, including two multipurpose salon spaces, the HALL Arts Boardroom, a 2,500-square-foot grand ballroom and an outdoor urban garden. 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.