The third-largest city in Texas, Dallas is home to one of the most prominent business districts in the Southwest known both nationally and worldwide. With major attractions that include a Reunion Tower, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Texas Stadium, a number of unconventional, boutique hotels throughout the city can accommodate visitors looking for a memorable stay. These trendy, often lavish hotels are located in classy, central areas of Dallas that put the stereotypical view of a Texan countryside to shame.
1. The Magnolia Hotel Dallas 1401 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75201 +1 (214) 915 6500
The hotel’s famous red, neon sign of the winged horse Pegasus glows atop the 29-story building, welcoming visitors to a true Dallas experience. The nearly 90-year-old structure, located in Dallas’ downtown West End Historic District, offers both traditional guest rooms and extended stay suites, complimentary breakfast service, a 24-hour fitness center, transportation to and from area attractions, as well as seven meeting rooms to hold seminars, lunches or conferences. Guests can also enjoy the colorful, modern artwork and furnishings that decorate the hotel hallways and rooms. The Magnolia Hotels company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is also a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary housing to the family members of children receiving treatment for a serious illness or injury. The hotel donates both money and volunteer hours to the organization every year. Rooms start at $99 with discounts available to government employees as well as AAA and AARP members.
2. Le Méridien Dallas 13402 Noel Road, Dallas, TX 75240 +1 (800) 250 1978
Le Méridien Dallas is a high-end hotel with two different Dallas locations. One resides in Uptown Dallas — the Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa — with the other located in the Galleria area, near the city’s most popular, elegant shopping venues. The hotel itself is decorated in a modern style with accented jewel tones. Each room features a number of technological amenities to make work or leisure more pleasurable. The hotel includes a lobby bar offering exquisite cocktails, as well as the Le Méridien Restaurant—ensuring that you don’t travel far for excellent cuisine. Additional benefits are the fully equipped fitness facility, indoor heated pool and hot tub, and a 24-hour business center. If you are looking for a luxurious spa experience, consider its sister hotel, the Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa. This beautiful hotel is decorated in the art deco style of the roaring twenties, and houses a full-service 5,000 square foot spa.
3. Hotel ZaZa 2332 Leonard Street, Dallas, TX 75201 +1 (800) 250 1978
Hotel ZaZa is the epitome of a spectacular boutique hotel, and has drawn the attention of celebrities. Filled with innovative design and interesting artwork, the hotel has 23 individually themed suites. In addition, there are seven exclusive villas appropriately titled “The Magnificent Seven.” Each of these villas boast their own whirlpool spa, gourmet kitchen, and private entry way. Enjoy the lavish, eclectic mixture of décor in the guestrooms, or outside in the courtyard within the outdoor pool and hot tub, surrounded by lights. The poolside lounge brings the thrill of Dallas nightlife only feet away, complete with skyline views of downtown. The hotel also houses its own restaurant, the Dragonfly, featuring resident chef Dan Landsberg. The location in Uptown district could not be better suited for those looking for sophisticated surroundings near some of Dallas’ nicest attractions, such as art galleries, theaters, and spas.
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Courtney Cleveland graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana with a degree in both Art/Visual Culture and Psychology. Her fields of interest include: travel, language, art criticism, and education. She currently resides in Spain. You can find her writings about life in Spain on her blog.