Dallas Hotels: A Unique Combination of Texan Hospitality and Cosmopolitan Style
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Ranging from over-the-top luxury properties to eclectic boutique hotels, Dallas offers business and leisure travelers alike, a wide variety of hotels. Whether you are in town for a business convention or meeting and want to stay near the event venue or you want to be near the action in the local uptown and downtown hotspots, you can choose from many accommodations that come in several price ranges.
Some of the best hotels in Dallas are part of prestigious international hotel chains, while others are unique, independent establishments. The downtown area, which has undergone many changes in recent years, features several top hotels, like the Adolphus Hotel and the Omni Dallas Hotel, that are just minutes away from world-class shopping and restaurants, the art district, and the convention center.
Many of Big D’s best hotels also feature onsite restaurants, lounges, and bars, along with stunning views of the always-evolving Dallas skyline, like the W Dallas Victory Hotel, so you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your chosen property to have a great night. Want to be pampered? The majority of Dallas’s best hotels offer in-room or onsite spas with fabulous spa packages. Bringing the kids? Some of Dallas’s best hotels even feature seasonal activities and events for the whole family. Choose from the best hotels in Dallas for your trip by reading trusted expert and user reviews.
10 Hotel Palomar Dallas - a Kimpton Hotel
As a part of the Kimpton hotel chain, Hotel Palomar Dallas offers a wide variety of amenities for kids and families, so this boutique hotel is fun for adults and kids alike! The KimptonKids program features childproofing kits (including toilet latches, outlet covers and night lights), free toys at check-in, goldfish tank in the room and a list of local family activities and attractions. Parents will love spending time at the rooftop pool or indulging in a massage or yoga class at the onsite spa and yoga studio, Exhale Spa. The guestrooms at this hotel have minibars with organic treats and flat-screen plasma televisions, as well as pillowtop mattresses and Italian Frette linens. .
9 Belmont Hotel Dallas
Situated in the up-and-coming Bishop Arts District in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, the Belmont Hotel is a renovated and restored motor lounge. It is one of the most unique hotels in town, as it features privacy and a relaxing atmosphere. It sets a chill tone simply with its wonderful Downtown Dallas skyline views, and there are several shops and restaurants in the nearby neighborhood, perfect for strolling and exploring. The guestrooms at this eclectic hotel have oversized, bedside soaking tubs, luxurious bath products by Kiehl's, plush bedding, and flat-screen TVs with satellite. The onsite bar with dazzling views from the patio is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail.
8 Adolphus Hotel
Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the Adolphus Hotel is the perfect historic hotel for Dallas visitors who want to enjoy all of the city's finest offerings. It's near several entertainment districts, the Arts District and the flagship Neiman Marcus store, the ideal place for some good 'ole Dallas shopping. The hotel itself exudes a historic and romantic vibe, with its baroque architecture and unique decor, including Flemish tapestries and a Victorian Steinway in the lobby area. Hotel guests can also partake in an elegant dinner at the onsite French Room restaurant - one of the best places for a Valentine's Day dinner in Big D. The award-winning restaurant has a domed ceiling painted with frescoes and hand-blown crystal chandeliers. The 422 guestrooms and suites there have several luxurious amenities, such as plush beds (with pillow top mattresses and 250-thread count triple sheets), 32-inch flat screen TVs and in-room movies.
7 Omni Dallas Hotel
As one of Dallas' newest hotels, this property will impress kids and parents with its breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. Guests can also take advantage of the Omni Sensational Kids program, which caters to the youngest guests. For example, when you check-in, children receive a backpack filled with fun items designed specifically for them. They also get free milk and cookies (delivered right to the guestroom) on the first night. There are several onsite dining choices including Bob's Steak and Chop House, Texas Spice, the Owner's Box and Omni's gourmet coffee shop, Morsel's. The hotel includes a full-service Mokara Spa, rooftop terrace pool deck and a spacious fitness center with stunning views of downtown.
6 Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Gaylord Texan is an ideal location for family vacations. Kids will be amazed at the four-and-a-half acres of indoor gardens and winding waterways that depict all regions and major cities in the Lone Star State. Within this lush landscape you'll discover fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and a 25,000-square-foot day spa and fitness center for parents. During the winter and summer months, there is usually a kid-themed interactive display, such as a huge ice carving village, a sledding hill made from real ice, and a huge Christmas tree complete with Texan decorations.
5 W Dallas Victory Hotel
Just steps away from the American Airlines Center, and near Downtown, Uptown, Turtle Creek, the high-style Design District, and the city's nightspots, the W Dallas Victory Hotel features 252 guestrooms that range from Mega Texas-sized rooms to the Wow Suites. The rooms feature rainforest shower-heads, 32" Plasma TV's, W signature beds, and the W-exclusive lemon sage Bliss Sinkside Six. The W Dallas Victory Hotel is a 33-story property that features an onsite craft restaurant, WIRED Business Center, SWEAT Fitness Center, an outdoor infinity pool, BLISS spa, living room lobby, and a fun rooftop bar with breathtaking views of Downtown Dallas. The hotel is a pet friendly property.
4 Rosewood Crescent Hotel
If you want an upscale and luxurious hotel in Dallas, the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in the Uptown neighborhood can't be beat. This elegant hotel has a number of luxurious amenities including several great onsite restaurants (Crescent Club and Nobu) and the award-winning Spa at the Crescent, so you can treat yourself to a weekend of true indulgence there. Relax at the pool, where poolside service is standard, or stroll around the beautiful hotel's courtyard area. Or simply stay in your guestroom the entire time! The guestrooms there feature 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service, French doors, separate vanities, flat-screen televisions and minibars.
3 The Magnolia Hotel Dallas
Conveniently situated in Downtown Dallas, and in walking distance to all the Arts District museums, historical museums like the Sixth Floor Museum and Old Red Museum, and the Dallas World Aquarium,the Magnolia Hotel is a great place for families. Kids will love seeing the iconic red Pegasus, which sits on top of the hotel, as well as the nightly milk and cookies "bar" for all guests. Visitors traveling with their entire family can stay in one of many suites, which offer full kitchens and living rooms, so no one feels cramped. This hotel also offers complimentary breakfast service so travelers can start off their days great!
2 Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Dallas visitors who really want to plan an over-the-top getaway should book a room at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in the exclusive Highland Park neighborhood. This elite hotel has received a broad plethora of honors and awards, including the #1 ranking for service by the Zagat survey. The hotel features a fitness studio, complete with a sauna and massage services, an outdoor heated pool with poolside service, and complimentary dry-cleaning, shoe shining and an onsite concierge who can score tickets and reservations at the most sought-after events and restaurants in town. And speaking of restaurants, dining at the onsite Mansion restaurant will be a treat in itself. The guestrooms at this hotel will set the tone for a weekend of luxury - rooms have fresh-cut seasonal flowers, 24-hour room service, custom bath products, terrycloth robes and minibars.
1 Ritz-Carlton Dallas
Located in the vibrant Uptown Dallas neighborhood, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton is located within walking distance of a myriad of restaurants, clubs, galleries, shopping, the Dallas Arts District, Victory Park, and American Airlines Center. It features the onsite restaurant, Fearing's, by renowned Chef Dean Fearing, as well as the largest luxury ballroom in central Texas. The 12,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa features 12 oversized treatment rooms, men's and women's Healing Waters (a complete hydrotherapy experience), full-service salon, state-of-the-art fitness center, exercise and movement classes, relaxation and refreshment areas, luxurious locker rooms, wellness counseling, the exclusive Prada Beauty skin care experience, and a menu of treatments.
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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