This hotel sits in an area of downtown Fort Worth that used to be known as Hell’s Half Acre, a red-light district filled with saloons and dancehalls. The neighborhood isn’t quite as rowdy today. It’s now home to restaurants, boutiques, and performance centersâ€”including the home base of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestraâ€”many within walking distance of the hotel. And the city’s museum district is just 3 miles away.
Once a market for buying and selling cattle, sheep, and hogs, the Fort Worth Stockyards is today a historical district where the smell of smoked meats from barbecue joints and country music from rowdy honky-tonks fill the air. Itâ€™s the best place in the city to go for an authentic Texas experience. You can still watch drovers on horseback parade herds of cattle down the main drag en route to a live auction. Live musicians accompany line dancing at the site of a famous 19th-century gunfight, and at a nearby rodeo center, modern-day cowboys demonstrate bull riding and barrel racing during two-hour exhibitions.
In the cultural districtâ€”about a 10-minute drive southâ€”world-class museums stand along tree-lined brick boulevards. Acclaimed as one of the most striking architectural designs of the modern era, the Kimbell Art Museum houses ancient artifacts, a painting thought to be Michelangelo’s first, and early Ninja Turtles sketches. At the free-to-the-public Amon Carter Museum of American Art, you can survey a collection of American works, including several paintings from the Hudson River School.