Everything you need in a quaint village.
I’m usually not a fan of planned communities, but the mixed use Legacy Town Center is an exciting neighborhood in Plano, Texas, just outside of Dallas that’s filled with shops, restaurants, apartments, and condos all in a peaceful, tree-lined setting that encourages people to walk, sit at cafes, and enjoy the sociability of a neighborhood. It’s also the location of Marriott Legacy Town Center Hotel, an elegant property across the street from a large lake with a water fountain and right in the heart of this interesting walkable community.
This hotel features 414 guestrooms and 49 suites, two of them huge “presidential suites” that are indeed fit for a Commander-in-chief. The rooms are spacious, especially the suites, which occupy nearly 500 square feet. The suite I stayed in, as large as many people’s apartments, featured a separate living room and guest bath with large, flat-screen TV, couch, reading chair and ottoman, mini-refrigerator, and coffee station.
The bedroom had enough floor space for a small yoga class and offered a queen-sized bed with plenty of pillows and a duvet, writing desk, reading chair and ottoman, large flat-screen TV, fluffy robes, and chic toiletries. My suite also had two large outdoor verandas, one private, one shared, overlooking the lake across the street (though there was outdoor furniture, the 90-degree heat made it too hot to enjoy sitting on the verandas). Guests on the sixth floor enjoy the “concierge” lounge (weekdays only) with free breakfasts, complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea and snacks (fruit, candy and granola bars), and a comfortable place to hang out.
High-speed internet is available — free to elite and other frequent hotel guests; at a $12.95/day fee for others. (This reviewer thinks high speed internet should be available at no cost to all hotel guests.) The hotel has a small outdoor pool and spa, sauna, steam room, and fully-equipped gym that’s open from 5:00 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The Marriott Legacy’s lobby is large and inviting and staff is friendly and very willing to meet guests’ every need. They offer three different complimentary newspapers, concierge service, a complete business center with computers and complimentary secretarial services like photocopying, collating and stapling. Guests are greeted with flavored ice water (a pleasure during times of high heat) and, in the afternoon, they offer plates of fruit and some of the biggest, most delicious cookies this traveler has ever eaten (the chocolate chip, which are served warm, are gooey with big chocolate chunks).
To work off all those cookies, guests can take advantage of a fully-loaded gym with steam and dry sauna, and the outdoor pool and spa. I loved the fact that this area stayed open until 11 p.m. and enabled me to get in a late-night swim or sauna after a long business day.
Their restaurant, which opens early for breakfast, offers an excellent breakfast buffet (a bargain at $17) that includes a good selection of fruit, caprese salad, muffins, croissants, bagels, and breads, scrambled eggs or made-to-order eggs, including omelets, hash browns, bacon and sausage, and biscuits and gravy. They also feature Starbuck’s coffee, which is fresh and rich, teas, and your choice of bottled or fresh squeezed juices (orange, carrot, pineapple, and apple).
At the other end of the lobby is the hotel’s lounge, open afternoons and evenings, a lively space with plenty of windows to let in natural light and a fully stocked bar. The hotel plans to retro fit this space with laptop plug-ins and offer coffee in the mornings, which will be a nice addition.
The Marriott Legacy Town Center, with large, stylish group spaces and full catering service, is also well-equipped to host conferences, conventions, or large events like weddings. During my stay, two different weddings, one small, the other a large catered event for more than 400, were held there.
One of the best features of this Marriott is its prime location in the Shops at Legacy village. Too often, hotels are situated on busy streets or just off freeways with no nearby shops or services. This hotel enables guests to step out the door and take an exercise walk around the lake or stroll through the shops and restaurants. During my stay, I took advantage of the Woodham Day Spa and was able to walk the short distance from my room to the spa and back without the hassle of arranging transportation or getting into my car. In the evenings, especially, this village neighborhood is lively with plenty of foot traffic and Marriott guests can choose from a wide range of excellent restaurants and cafes.
Real bottom line: When you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth or Plano area, the Marriott Legacy Town Center makes a terrific choice for a home base. Its convenient location, elegant accommodations, and excellent service will make your stay both pleasant and memorable. – Reviewed by BH