Ten Bucket-List Hotels In Dallas That Are Worth Traveling For

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas, so it should come as no surprise that the city is home to a dizzying number of hotels. But the best Dallas hotels offer more than just a place to rest your head for the night. These are places that provide unparalleled service and deliver luxurious experiences in a Texas-sized way. If you want to stay somewhere within walking distance of the main sights, then Downtown and Uptown are the places to be.

Located in the Central Business District is the Joule, an uber- chic, boutique hotel set in a revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building. The interior is stunning, plus there's a top-notch restaurant and sexy subterranean cocktail den. But it's the rooftop infinity pool that truly takes the cake.

Also located downtown is the Adolphus, a 100-plus-year-old icon that was modeled after a Beaux Arts German castle. Thanks to a multi-million dollar makeover, which included updates throughout the hotel as well as a new rooftop pool, the hotel is even more glamorous than before.

Over in Uptown is where you'll find the Ritz Carlton. With a luxe spa, an outdoor pool area with fire pits and an eatery by celeb chef Dean Fearing, it's easy to see why the hotel is one of the most admired brand names in the world.

And who said you have to forgo luxury when you're traveling with the family in tow? Located minutes from downtown in the Dallas Design District, the Hilton Anatole not only offers luxurious rooms and a phenomenal rooftop steakhouse, but it's also the only hotel in the city to boast a 4 acre resort-style pool complex, complete with 180-foot waterslides and a lazy river.

Whether you're in town for business or planning a great escape, these ten Dallas hotels should definitely be at the top of your list.

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The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton
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This mid-century gem started out life as the Hilton Inn back in the 1960s and after several ownership changes plus extensive renovations, it has returned to the Hilton portfolio as part of the Hilton's four and five star Curio Collection. Located just five minutes from downtown and a stone's throw from Southern Methodist University, the Highland boasts a sophisticated urban resort-like atmosphere with a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness center, a heated infinity pool and an in-house steakhouse (Knife) which has become a destination in its own right. The 198 guest rooms and luxury suites are spacious, comfy and feature everything from plush double or king-sized beds dressed up in high thread count linens to comfortable seating areas with oversized HD TVs, Diptyque toiletries and deluxe minibars with a variety treats and surprises. If you want to stay somewhere central and get an excellent value for money, this is the place.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you want to be somewhere central, The Highland is about as perfect as it gets.

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Warwick Melrose Dallas
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Within stumbling distance of Oak Lawn's busiest restaurants, bars and clubs, this AAA Four-Diamond Dallas landmark is the epitome of affordable luxury. Originally constructed as an apartment hotel in 1924, the eight-story Melrose has had nearly half a century of celebrity status, having hosted the likes of everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Sheen. A tasteful, old world opulence prevails in the recently renovated guest rooms and suites, all of which include plush linens, marble tiled bathrooms, Keurig coffeemakers, minibars, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and round-the-clock room service. A top-notch restaurant and 24-hour fitness center add to the appeal. But the hotel's greatest asset is its cozy cocktail den tucked in off the lobby. Named one of the "30 Iconic American Bars" by Business Insider, the Library Bar hosts some of the city's best live jazz six nights a week.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Warwick Melrose not only is conveniently located in the heart of Oak Lawn, it also boasts one of the best jazz bars in town.

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Hotel Crescent Court
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Nestled in a stunning neo-French classical-style complex, the four-star Hotel Crescent Court doesn't just boast a brilliant location in the heart of the Uptown, it's also home to Nobu, one of the world's most renown Japanese restaurants. The hotel's 191 rooms range in size from 380 to 3,035 square feet and include living areas as well as marble bathrooms stocked with Natura Bisse toiletries and private balconies. Along with several restaurants and bars, the property boasts a 22,000-square-foot spa and fitness center plus a year-round rooftop pool. An added bonus is that guests can dine at the Crescent Club, an exclusive private dining club located on the 17th floor of the Crescent Complex's center office tower.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Crescent Court is on Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Gold List for Best Hotels in the United States.

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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, key-card 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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Hilton Anatole
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The breathtaking lobby, filled with one of the largest private collections of antiques and art in the country (including two 12-foot panels of the Berlin Wall painted by Jurgen Grosse and a custom large-scale kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin), sets this sprawling, resort-style property up beautifully. And the rest of the hotel doesn't disappoint either. Spread across 45 acres in the Dallas Design District, the Anatole features 1606 spacious guest rooms and suites, all furnished with sitting areas, coffee-making facilities, premium bath amenities and every modern convenience you would expect the Hilton brand to have. But it doesn't stop there. Along with an award-winning fitness facility, a full-service spa and a variety of dining options, including the rooftop steakhouse, SER–" the property boasts an outdoor resort-style waterpark complete with water slides and a 630-foot-long lazy river.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Anatole offers a plethora of amenities to please every type of guest, regardless of age.

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Adolphus Hotel
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No Dallas hotel is more legendary than this Main Street 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. The hotel is located right in the heart of downtown, providing easy walking and trolley access to a variety of excellent dining options. 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, which reopens mid-spring (2017). It's always an unforgettable experience. So is the afternoon tea. Served in the lobby, it's quite an affair and rivals any you'll find on the other side of the Atlantic.

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. Along with 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. Oh, and did we mention the complimentary Magic Carpet Ride shuttle service? Talk about style, the hotel transports its guests around town in everything from a Cadillac hearse and a highway patrol car to Denali Suburbans complete with longhorns adorning the front grill.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Wonderfully eccentric, ZaZa is one of the most fun upscale hotels in the city.

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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 erected 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, like 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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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 heart of 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 each of 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 and a variety of restaurants, including CBD Provisions, a trendy brasserie serving modern American farm-to-table fare. When it comes to pampering, the hotel offers a world-class spa plus it has 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 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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