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A place for you to hang your hat

Hotel Drover debuts in Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Article by Kathy Slemp

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Tulsa Lifestyle

Are you making plans for a summer road trip or want to get away for the weekend? In less than five hours you can experience the ultimate in western heritage, enjoy a modern shopping, dining and entertainment experience, and ‘hang your hat’ at the brand new Hotel Drover.

“We are building a place where simple pleasures and one-of-a-kind experiences blend effortlessly into special memories that can only be achieved here, where travelers and guests will want to return to again and again.”—Hotel Drover.

Hotel Drover, a Marriott International Autograph Collection hotel, opened March 22, 2021, in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards’ National Historic District celebrating the rich history and lore of Texas with rustic-luxe design and curated experiences. The hotel will serve as the anchor to award-winning Mule Alley, an entertainment destination transformed from beautifully restored 100-year-old horse and mule barns.

Nestled alongside Marine Creek, Hotel Drover embodies the same spirit and core values of honor and dignity exemplified by the Texas drovers and cattlemen and women of their time.

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Hotel Drover offers guests endless opportunities to indulge in the historic destination, from Texas-inspired cuisine, daily cattle drives on Exchange Avenue, the newly opened John Wayne Museum to rodeo shows and live music from local and national talent. A basecamp for travel enthusiasts of all kinds, Hotel Drover pays homage to the past through a modern lens.

“We’re proud to open our doors at Hotel Drover and connect our guests to the rich history of the pioneering west through captivating offerings, art, entertainment, personalized service and cuisine,” says Vice President and General Manager Kristin Assad. “Every inch of this hotel was carefully curated with our community in mind so guests may enjoy a legendary experience that is deeply rooted in Texas.”

DESIGN + ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel Drover is an urban ranch oasis. Around every corner, the spirit of the west comes to life through intentional and eye-catching touchpoints, including the signature neon Cowboy installation by Austin’s famed Neon Jungle, historic fountains and a life size “Drover” hybrid metal sculpture by world renowned artist John Lopez.

Global and local artists alike are showcased in public spaces and guest rooms, as are custom furnishings from Texas artisans such as the bespoke antler and blackened steel chandeliers and cowhide lounge chairs.

Hotel Drover brings 200 luxurious guest rooms and spa suites representing a collection of distinct room designs like Texana, Frontier and Republic, each with its own decor, style and spirit. Each guest’s stay will offer a new Drover-inspired experience as no two guest rooms are alike.

Standouts include the The Bunkhouse rooms with playful but luxurious bunk suites featuring a king bed with a double overhead bunk for flexible sleeping arrangements. The Presidential Suite showcases an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and 26 suites have oversized bronze soaking tubs, fireplaces and expansive terraces.

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CULINARY

97 West Kitchen & Bar at Fort Worth Stockyards is the hotel’s signature eatery led by Executive Chef Grant Morgan. Featuring a menu of contemporary Texas fare, elevated ranch classics, and reimagined Southern comfort foods, menu highlights include sweet tea, marinated fried green tomatoes, wood-grilled ribeye, cap steak salad, New York strip chicken-fried steak and cast-iron seared redfish.

Custom hand-crafted furniture and art is featured throughout with authentic repurposed wood floors and an open kitchen. The space boasts three private dining rooms, an indoor Chef’s Table adjacent to the open-air kitchen, and an outdoor Chef’s Table situated underneath a pergola alongside lush landscaping overlooking Marine Creek.

The beverage program offers creative cocktails from local distillers, an all-American wine list, and iced and frosted beer taps featuring domestic and local brews. Guests also can enjoy cocktails and music in 97 West’s charming courtyard with a fountain centerpiece.

Additionally, the Veranda Bar offers outdoor seating for cocktails or, guests can relax in the Lobby Bar anchored by a 30-foot-tall limestone fireplace with its chic, western-glam vibe and intimate seating for late-night libations and inventive fare.

THE BACKYARD

The cornerstone of the hotel is The Backyard. The half-acre outdoor oasis situated along Marine Creek is surrounded by towering oak, magnolia, cypress and crepe myrtle trees contrasted with classic Texas cacti.

The Backyard features a beautiful ranch-style heated pool and jacuzzi, three private cabanas outfitted with hanging daybeds and custom chandeliers, fire pits, casual creek-side bar seating, yard games and live music from the outdoor stage, The Backyard Unplugged.

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ADDITIONAL SIGNATURE PROGRAMMING 

Custom Luggage Tags: Guests are provided the opportunity to make their own mark with the help of the hotel’s blacksmith by branding a personalized initial into a leather luggage tag keepsake.

Lil Ropers: With the property’s Lil Ropers program, upon arrival, families will find a Drover branded mini step-stool and kid-sized Hotel Drover robes in-room to use during the stay. Robes, a plush stuffed horse and a mini Hotel Drover wild rag bandana are available for purchase to take home as keepsakes.

Happy Tails: Hotel Drover understands pets are family, too. Four-legged friends who book the Happy Tails pet package receive a custom Pendleton dog bed (available for purchase), water and food bowl, branded pet bandana and leather leash as well as a goody bag filled with dog treats.

Two, one-of-a-kind lobby boutiques: Lucchese Custom Collection, the gold standard in handcrafted boots since 1883, will be the first Lucchese Custom Collection boutique in existence, offering bespoke men and women’s boots, clothing and other fine accessories. Little White Lies is a charming boutique that features apothecary, jewelry, accessories and one-of-a-kind vintage items.

The on-site fitness center is complete with state-of-the-art equipment including Peloton bikes and MIRROR.

MEETINGS + WEDDINGS

Hotel Drover is equipped with nearly 40,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Groups can choose from five unique venues including The Barn, Legacy Hall, The Drover Boardroom, Vaquero Room and Ranchero Room.

The Barn, a standout space, is an elegant 4,000-square-foot versatile venue that welcomes vaulted ceilings, custom chandeliers and exposed 150-year-old reclaimed timber. The Barn has a lushly landscaped 2,500- square-foot outdoor lawn that overlooks Marine Creek and offers a custom clear tent to be used year-round.

Starting rates for Hotel Drover begin at $189 per night. For more information you can visit HotelDrover.com or call 817.420.6014. Follow @hoteldrover on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels visit AutographHotels.com.

ONE OF TEXAS’ MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATIONS

The Stockyards Heritage Development Co. Project is bringing the stockyards back to life. Once a vibrant part of the Fort Worth landscape, the area declined with the decline of the railroad. The project’s first phase, Mule Alley, includes the renovation of the historic horse and mule barns into a street of curated shops, restaurants, retail, office spaces and the Hotel Drover. Stockyards Heritage Development Co. is a partnership between developer Majestic Realty Co. and Fort Worth’s Hickman Investments created with the intention of thoughtfully reimagining the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Visit FortWorthStockyards.org and MuleAlleyFortWorth.com for more information about the history, events, museums, entertainment, dining and more.

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EXPLORE FORT WORTH AND NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

CULTURAL DISTRICT

A world-renowned Fort Worth attraction, the city’s designated Cultural District is home to one of the finest collections of museums, galleries and performance spaces in America, including the Kimbell Art Museum, Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the Amon Carter Museum.

SUNDANCE SQUARE

Fort Worth’s downtown is a lively hub of discovery and activity. Enjoy dining and shopping at Sundance Square, live entertainment at Bass Performance Hall and education and exploration at the Fort Worth Zoo.

SPORTING EVENTS

Home of the new Dickies Arena, Will Rogers Memorial Center, TCU and Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth is a great place to be a sports fan. For a professional game, venture nearby to AT&T Stadium and American Airlines Center.

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