Ten Top Hotels In The Dallas Area Worth Checking Into

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the top visitor and leisure destinations in Texas, so 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 HALL Arts Hotel is located.

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!, this 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, 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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Drey Hotel
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Conveniently located near Greenville Avenue and Southern Methodist University, this 38-room boutique hotel is the latest addition to The Village mixed-use residential development. Along with stylish, well-appointed guestrooms boasting all the usual modern amenities, the hotel features an onsite Mediterranean wine bar and a contemporary Mexican eatery. Bonus perks include access to the Village Country Club pools, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, where Drey guests can take free yoga, boot camp and cycle classes. Also within the Village development is a boutique, a salon and several more dining options, including acclaimed modern Brazilian restaurant, Meridian.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Drey Hotel is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting Southern Methodist University.

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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, 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 fitness center, a full-service spa, a host of dining options and a 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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Opened in 1912 by beer magnate Adolphus Busch, this legendary downtown Grande Dame has played host to everyone from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Queen Elizabeth II. 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 10-foot ceilings, pillow-top mattresses, high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and spa-like bathrooms. A luxury spa, a fitness center, a year-round rooftop pool as well as several restaurants and bars, including the highly acclaimed French Room, only add to the overall appeal.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Adolphus is the place for those who prefer old world glamour with all the modern amenities.

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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 one-of-a-kind art. All rooms have deluxe 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.

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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A terrific addition to the Dallas Design District, this 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 restaurant, a coffee shop, plus a rooftop bar and pool boasting spectacular views of the city skyline.

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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Situated in Dallas' posh Turtle Creek neighborhood, 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, Nespresso machines, designer toiletries, and private balconies. Onsite amenities include a health studio, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, 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 offers the ultimate in old-school glamour.

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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 slew 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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If your stay in Dallas includes hitting the museums, then you can't get any closer than this stylish hotel perched smack dab in the Dallas Arts District. Designed by HKS Architects with interiors by Bentel & Bentel, the 11-story hotel features 183 contemporary guest rooms and suites equipped with Frette linens, 55-inch smart TVs, Keurig coffee makers, and luxurious bath products. And in keeping with the Arts District vibe, expect to find a curated collection of artwork and photography by renowned international and local Dallas artists on display throughout the property. Additional highlights include Ellie's Restaurant + Lounge, plus a 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 an art gallery, then The Joule is the place for you. Set in a renovated 1920s Neo Gothic building in the Dallas Central Business District, the hotel showcases an impressive collection of pieces by artists such as Roger Hiorns, Tony Cragg and even Andy Warhol. Equally breathtaking are the 160 guest rooms, suites and multi-story penthouses, which come furnished with all the luxuries you'd expect. The hotel also houses a variety of restaurants, a spa and fitness center, plus a moody subterranean cocktail den. Icing on the cake? The heated rooftop infinity pool that cantilevers eight feet beyond the building's edge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Joule is a perfect hotel for those looking for something with a hip vibe and a central location.

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