Hotel Drover, an Autograph Collection hotel from Marriott, debuted in March in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The property anchors Mule Alley, an entertainment destination recently created from restored 100-year-old horse and mule barns.
“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,” said 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.”
A rustic-luxe design aesthetic runs throughout, emphasized by boot-leather touches. A neon cowboy outside the restaurant's entrance was created by Neon Jungle of Austin, and a life-size “Drover” hybrid-metal sculpture inside is the work of artist John Lopez. Even the two-story lobby library is filled with Texas-inspired books, bespoke antler and blackened steel chandeliers and cowhide lounge chairs. The fitness center is equipped with Peloton bikes and Mirror individual gyms.
Each of the guest rooms has its own look, from the Bunkhouse suites — with king beds and a double overhead bunk for flexible sleeping arrangements — to the rooms designed by Texas-based Lucchese Custom Collection and King Ranch. The Presidential Suite features an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and 26 suites have oversized bronze soaking tubs, fireplaces and terraces.
For fine dining, 97 West Kitchen & Bar at Fort Worth Stockyards is the hotel’s signature eatery, led by executive chef Grant Morgan; the menu offerings consist of contemporary Texas fare, elevated ranch classics and reimagined Southern comfort foods. Small groups can gather after a long day of meetings in 97 West's three private dining rooms, at the indoor Chef’s Table adjacent to the open-air kitchen, or seated at an outdoor Chef’s Table under a pergola that overlooks Marine Creek.
Also in view of the waterway, the Veranda Bar serves up cocktails from 97 West Kitchen & Bar. Guests have another option to socialize at the Lobby Bar, which is anchored by a 30-foot-tall limestone fireplace.
For outdoor fun, the half-acre Backyard along the creek is surrounded by hand-selected towering oak, magnolia, cypress and crepe myrtle trees from farms throughout East Texas. The space features a ranch-style heated pool and jacuzzi, three private cabanas with hanging daybeds and custom chandeliers, fire pits, and yard games. Live music from the outdoor stage, The Backyard Unplugged, aims to create a sought-after social scene.
About 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space includes The Barn, Legacy Hall, The Drover Boardroom, the Vaquero Room and the Ranchero Room. The 4,000-square-foot Barn, a standout space, features vaulted ceilings, four custom Italian crystal chandeliers, 150-year-old reclaimed timber, a built-in bar, hand-placed Texas stone and abundant natural lighting. Just outside, a 2,500-square-foot lawn also overlooks Marine Creek; a custom clear tent can cover the space so it can be used year-round.