omni-gymConvention hotels are like airports; they try to have everything in one place, and you never go outside. But the Omni Dallas, just a year old, offers a few twists.

Like all Omnis, the hotel is part of an amazing loyalty program, that offers even first time guests, who sign up for the program, free Wi-Fi and a free morning drink.

Free Wi-Fi is usually a perk at lower quality hotels; to have it at a luxury hotel is a true bonus.

omni-runBut the free morning drink is unbeatable. For every night of your stay, you can get orange juice, coffee (if you don’t like the coffee you can make in your room coffee maker) or milk if you are traveling with a child.

And every time I’ve stayed at an Omni I’ve gotten cookies and other treats my first night, as a ‘special’ guest.

At this Omni, you’d do well to step outside – to the outdoor infinity pool, with a huge hot tub, expansive sun deck and bar.

You can also go outside at the Texas Spice patio. This lobby level restaurant has great cocktails – try the lower calorie margarita with agave nectar – and local beer on tap. There is also local produce used in the salads and not too spicy guacamole.

If you overdo it on the drinks. there’s a large gym. It is tricked out with lots of free weights, strength machines and cardio equipment with individual TV screens. My only complaint is that my favorite piece of equipment, a Bosu ball, was absent. But there were stability balls, mats, weighted balls and plenty of space. If you don’t get a good workout, that’s on you.

Note: My room at the Omni was included in the Family Travel Conference fee.