Ashanti Blaize, NBCDFW.com
The Omni Dallas Hotel is well on its way to being finished ahead of schedule.
Slowly but surely, the Omni Dallas Hotel at the Dallas Convention Center is taking shape.
The hotel is actually ahead of schedule. It wasn't supposed to open until March 2012 originally, but now the doors will open on Nov. 11.
Crews are burning the midnight oil to get the hotel finished by opening day.
"We made sure that it would be the most up-to-date hotel built in the United States, and it certainly is," hotel general manager Nils Stolzlechner said.
Inside, the crews' work is even more apparent, from the fully furnished hospitality suite on the sixth floor to the high-tech standard king room with a television built into the bathroom mirror and an electrical system that saves energy all on its own.
"When I take my guest key out of my power management system, all lights turn off aside from ones that are designed to charge your laptop and two lights in the guestroom," Stolzlechner said.
Already, the hotel has more than 250,000 room nights booked and upward of 128 group contracts signed.
Stolzlechner said big conventions that have not been to Dallas in 10 years are now coming back.
Crews still have to finish the hotel's two ballrooms and a sky bridge that connects to the Convention Center.
"If you look at this project, Dallas certainly got it right," Stolzlechner said.