I’ve had a long love affair with this old building since we stayed there under the Blackstone brand back in 1978. It wasn’t but about three years after that stay that someone came along and put up the pretty plywood windows, which would adorn it for the next 17 years. Downtown Fort Worth has hit bottom, and returned to life since then, and in that period the city suffered from defective arsonists. If you believe that abandoned buildings get burned down, which I do, this one magically escaped until a plan to heal it could be found.
It opened in 1999 after a lengthy rehab. The city contributed a significant amount toward it’s rebirth, and a joint venture involving Mariott and the City of Fort Worth led to an agreement attractive enough to Mariott to come in and renovate it. Sadly, years of use and updating didn’t leave much of it’s historic interior intact to restore, but the rest of it had escaped the horrific updating of the 60’s and 70’s so many other buildings suffered. Today, it looks much like it always has, and due to it’s terra cotta skin, and for anyone to have changed it would be a tall order, which never happened.
The calling card that draws me to it is the existence of four suites that have terraces which open out onto the roof. You can step out on the 16th and 18th floors onto a terrace with lawn furniture and a safety railing to prevent anyone from jumping off. The building’s stair step top leaves it the most interesting piece of architecture of it’s size in this city. It a miracle we still have it, and the building itself is amazing.
I live in the city, thus I don’t rent rooms there. But, I’ve been all over it visiting guests and escorting family down there. The rooms are exactly what one would expect from Courtyard, and there’s nothing about the insides of the guest rooms leading one to a conclusion that it’s old. The bathroom and lavatories are all new materials, and spotless clean. I sat on the beds and found them to be in great shape, as were the drapes, towels, and accessories we expect to find. Working downtown I used to lunch in the bakery downstairs very often, and it’s good. There’s a pool on top of the garage, and it’s an oasis of peacefulness surrounded by city. I used to take my lunch up there and eat it in lieu of their dining room.
They are proud of this place, but surrounding properties lead us to find out it’s competitive. There’s a valet only garage which is a bit pricey, and I don’t know what’s available for self park. I’m still recommending this inn for 13 years now to those who would see value in it. It’s everything you expect from Marriott, and worthy of recognition from it’s amazing past.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience old-fashioned luxury, fully updated with the latest technology, at the historic Courtyard Downtown Fort Worth Hotel. Marvel at the spires and terraces of the stunning 23-story, 1929 art deco building; a local landmark. Formerly known as the Blackstone Hotel, our establishment was a favorite of John Wayne, Clark Gable, & many of history's biggest celebrities. Our Fort Worth, TX hotel in Sundance Square is just four blocks from the Convention Center and ten minutes from the restaurants and shops of the famous Fort Worth Stockyards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone Hotel Fort Worth
- Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone Texas
- Fort Worth Courtyard
- Fort Worth Marriott