Ten Bucket-List Hotels in the Dallas Area Worth Traveling For

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas, and as such, it should come as no surprise that the city is home to a dizzying number of hotels. But the best Dallas area hotels offer more than just a place to rest your head for the night. These are places that deliver luxurious experiences in a Texas-sized way.

For visitors who want to be within walking distance of Dallas’ main sights, downtown is where it’s at. In the Central Business District, there’s the Joule, an uber-chic boutique hotel set in a renovated 1920s Neo-Gothic landmark building, and the Adolphus, a 100-plus-year-old icon that was modeled after a Beaux Arts German castle. Of course, one of the city’s biggest attractions is the museum-laden downtown Arts District– which happens to be where the glamorous new HALL Arts Hotel is making its grand debut on December 3, 2019.

Speaking of grand debuts, Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotel will be opening its doors in the Dallas Design District on December 15, 2019. The District, located minutes from downtown, is another vibrant area filled with art galleries, shops and restaurants.

And if your visit to Dallas includes catching a Dallas Cowboys or Texas Rangers game, you may want to consider making the newly opened Live! by Loews hotel in Arlington your home base. The property is smack dab in the city’s entertainment district and literally steps away from the stadiums.

So, whether you're planning a business trip or a great weekend escape, the following ten hotels will help make your stay in the Dallas area even more special.


Live by Loews
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Sports fans coming to the area will be happy to know that they can now stay literally steps away from Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field and the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. Situated at Arlington's premier entertainment hub Texas Live!, the stylish 300-room property (opened August 2019) aims to be more of a resort than simply a hotel. To that end, guests can look forward to superior amenities such as five chef-curated restaurants and lounges, a stunning infinity pool with a swim-up bar and fire pit, plus an expansive 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center. Meanwhile, all accommodations feature spacious layouts, natural wood surfaces, plush pillowtop mattresses, 55-inch smart TVs, Keurig coffee makers, refrigerators and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramas of the stadiums and beyond.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For easy access to Arlington's sports and entertainment venues, this hotel delivers.

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Texican Court, by Valencia Hotel Group
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Fashioned after a roadside motor court, this retro-cool boutique hotel is a unique and surprisingly affordable (rates average $99 a night) retreat across from the Toyota Music Factory entertainment venue in the Las Colinas area of Irving. Each of the 152, pet-friendly rooms and suites feature plush pillow top beds, custom luxury bath amenities, 50" flat screens, free WiFi, coffee/tea makers and 1950's style SMEG refrigerators stocked with snacks and beverages. Other perks include free parking, a complimentary continental breakfast buffet, live music on weekends, loaner bikes, a hip Mexican restaurant, a tequila bar and a 24-hour fitness center. Just like the motor courts of yore, guests will also find a circular pool set in the center of the property, complete with multiple courtyards, firepits and outdoor games.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you want to avoid cookie-cutter chains, this one-of-a-kind property will be well worth your stay.

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Omni Dallas Hotel
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Perfectly positioned within walking distance to downtown's Historic West End and the Dallas Convention Center (there's even a sky-bridge connecting the two), this 23-story, city-owned gem is as dazzling on the inside as it is on the exterior, where nearly 4 miles of LED lights project a spectacular light show over the skyline every night. As for the interior, the expansive lobby features everything from original art created by more than 150 local artists to interactive touchscreens displaying everything from flight information to news and area attractions. The high-tech imagery doesn't stop there. Along with contemporary furnishings, floor-to ceiling windows and plush bedding, each of the 1001 guest rooms and suites feature sensory floor lighting, keycard activated lighting systems and TVs embedded in the bathroom mirrors. Other wow factors include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service spa and a host of dining options, ranging from sushi to wood-fired pizza. Best of all is the hotel's fourth-level pool deck offering breathtaking views of the downtown skyline.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Comfortable, classy and totally teched-out, the Omni is the epitome of urban cool.

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Adolphus Hotel
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No Dallas hotel is more legendary than this downtown Grande Dame that's been welcoming everyone from royalty to rock stars for over a century. A recent multi-million-dollar facelift has injected some modernity to all 407 guestrooms and public spaces, but there's still a wonderful sense of old-school decorum here, which is fitting given the sheer quantities of marble, rich wood detailing and hand-crafted molding on site. Luxurious rooms and suites feature pillow-top mattresses, free wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and spa-like bathrooms. Updates also include a new 19th floor ballroom, a luxury spa, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a year-round rooftop pool and bar, plus an all-day dining restaurant and coffeehouse. If you're splashing out, you will want to pack some fancy clothes and book yourself a table at the hotel's acclaimed French Room restaurant, it's always an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you want to live like royalty, the Adolphus is the place for you.

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Hotel ZaZa Dallas
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This ultra-hip hotel rates high with visiting celebrities and there's a good reason for that. Sure, the Uptown location is unbeatable, and the service is exceptional, plus there's a fantastic spa, an award-winning restaurant and a stellar oasis-style pool. But the biggest draws at Hotel ZaZa are its rooms. In addition to 169 contemporary guestrooms and bungalows the hotel boasts a collection of townhouse-style and fantasy concept suites (with themes ranging from 60s retro to African safaris) decked out with everything from over-sized whirlpool baths to velvet, fur and precious Objects d'Art. All rooms have luxe touches like pillow-top mattresses, complimentary wi-fi, refrigerators, separate sitting areas and designer toiletries, plus there's a premium coffee bar located on each floor. Did we mention the complimentary Magic Carpet Ride shuttle service?

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel ZaZa is wonderfully eccentric and also a great place for celebrity sightings.

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Virgin Hotels Dallas
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Debuting in the Dallas Design District December 15, 2019 is Sir Richard Branson's third stateside location of his luxury Virgin Hotels brand. The V-shaped, 16-story property features two penthouses as well as 268 rooms (dubbed "chambers") which are uniquely designed to separate, via a sliding door, into two distinct spaces. Other special touches include patented ergonomically designed beds, SMEG mini-fridges filled with street-priced items, high def TVs, yoga mats, dog beds (should you bring your pooch) and extra-large sized showers stocked with Red Flower toiletries. Beyond the rooms, expect to find a 24-hour fitness center, a Funny Library Coffee Shop, complimentary cocktail hours, plus a rooftop bar and pool boasting spectacular views of the city skyline. Don't miss James Beard Award-nominated chef Matt McCallister's menu of wood-fired, French-inspired fare at the Commons Club restaurant.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Those seeking a trendy hotel with a vibrant atmosphere to boot, this is your place.

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
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If you want to kick back in luxury, there's not a better place to do it than at this iconic hotel. Established in 1981, the Rosewood Mansion oozes all the opulence and elegance you'd expect to find in a former estate of a wealthy cotton baron. Which is what the property once was when it was first constructed in 1925. Fashioned after a 16th century Italian Renaissance style structure, the hotel features 143 guestrooms and private suites luxuriously furnished with Italian bed linens, marble baths, designer toiletries, original artworks and private balconies. You could happily spend your entire stay within the confines of your room, but you might miss out on the rest of what the hotel offers such as a dynamic fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment, a gorgeous pool, a cozy lantern-lit terrace and a sophisticated restaurant and bar featuring live jazz in the evenings. Oh, and if you feel like venturing out, they'll give you a Lexus to test drive around town.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is listed in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
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Everything you'd expect from a Ritz is at this contemporary Dallas outpost in the vibrant Uptown District. All 218 spacious guest rooms and suites feature sitting areas, deep soaking tubs, rain showers, premium bedding, designer toiletries and a host of other complimentary amenities. In addition to a 24-hour fitness center, a heated outdoor pool and celebrity chef Dean Fearing's eponymous restaurant, the hotel hosts a complimentary guacamole and margarita tasting every evening at 6 p.m. in the lobby. Speaking of margaritas, don't miss out on having one of Dean's Margarita Salt Glow scrubs, it's one of several sublime body treatments on offer at the hotel's spa.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Ritz is the very definition of luxury, you can't help but have a memorable stay in this world renown hotel.

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HALL Arts Hotel
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Undoubtedly the best location in the city, the much-anticipated HALL Arts Hotel is set to open its doors on December 3, 2019 in the Dallas Arts District, a first for any hotel in the district. Designed by HKS Architects with interiors by Bentel & Bentel, the 11-story hotel features 183 contemporary guest rooms as well as 19 suites equipped with Frette linens, 55-inch smart TVs, Keurig coffee makers and luxurious bath products by Natura Bissé. And in keeping with the Arts District vibe, a curated collection of artworks by established and emerging talents such as Alison Watt, Lava Thomas and Antonius-Tín Bui is on display throughout the hotel. Additional highlights include Ellie's Restaurant + Lounge under the direction of executive chef Eric Dreyer, plus an expansive state-of-the-art fitness studio and a rooftop pool offering views of downtown.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you want to be surrounded by art during your stay, you can't pick a better hotel or location than this one.

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The Joule
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If you've ever wanted to stay in a luxury art gallery, then the Joule is the place for you. Set in a renovated 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building in the Dallas Central Business District, the hotel showcases an impressive collection of small and large-scale pieces by artists such as Roger Hiorns, Tony Cragg and even Andy Warhol. Equally breathtaking are the 161 guest rooms, suites and multi-story penthouses, which come furnished with pillow-top mattresses, rainfall shower heads, designer toiletries, and of course, art. The hotel also houses several chic boutiques, a variety of restaurants, a world-class spa and a 24-hour fitness center. In the mood for a drink? You're in luck, the city's sexiest cocktail den, Midnight Rambler, is located down the stairs just off the lobby. Icing on the cake? The heated rooftop infinity pool that cantilevers eight feet beyond the building's edge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Chic, artsy, innovative and inventive, the Joule goes that extra mile in the name of style.

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