You can make your stay in Dallas a little more comfortable and a lot more unique by staying in a boutique hotel. Check out the 7 stylish places we selected for you.
1. The Joule
The Joule, in a 1920’s stone building on Main Street in the heart of downtown Dallas, has a quirky interior with purple velour couches with gold pillows, an extensive art collection, including a few Andy Warhols, and individually-designed rooms.
The Joule’s rooftop pool is cantilevered (jutting out past the main building) so it allows guests to have the feeling of swimming in air. Midnight Rambler, an underground bar, is popular with locals and guests for its speak-easy vibe and creative cocktails, while CBD Provisions, a Texas-influenced brasserie, has ample Sunday brunches.
Rooms have modern decor with luxe elements like Merbau wood floors and Italian millwork, Taschen art books, Apple TVs, rainfall showers, and minibars with local snacks and drinks.
2. Hotel ZaZa
Hotel ZaZa is in central Dallas in the upscale neighborhood of Uptown, less than a five-minute walk to popular McKinney Avenue bars like Fat Rabbit and Black Friar Pub. In summer, the pool is open, and the hotel brings in a DJ.
In the lobby, there are two wooden human statues, offset by a bulldog statue, as well as plush seating areas with Moroccan fabrics, all under a big glass chandelier. The rooms at Hotel ZaZa vary in decor and theme: Texas, Africa, and the Far East, Erotica, Zen, and a Shag-A-Delic Suite.
3. Aloft Dallas Downtown
Aloft Dallas Downtown is located across from Pioneer Plaza and the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The lobby and rooms are industrial chic with stone floors, exposed air ducts and pipes, vividly-colored futuristic furniture and large abstract art installations. The rooms have mini-fridges, free bottled water and coffee, and Bliss spa toiletries.
Snacks and drinks are available at the WXYZ Bar and Re:mix lounge. Aloft Dallas Downtown has a fitness center with cardio machines and free weights and a small outdoor plunge pool.
4. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, an Italian villa-like hotel, is in a salmon-pink building that was once the private residence of a cotton baron. The lobby features a grand staircase and an atrium with an iron chandelier. Rooms are similarly upscale with marble bathrooms, minibars, and balconies or patios with iron chairs and tables.
There’s an outdoor pool with colorful tiles, a garden and the on-site Mansion Restaurant — one of Dallas’ premier spots for fine Texas dining. The hotel sits between Uptown and the gay-friendly neighborhood of Oak Lawn. Guests can easily walk to parts of Uptown like the popular outdoor patio restaurant Katy Trail Ice House or bars Kung Fu Saloon and Clutch Bar in just 10 minutes. The gay club JR’s Bar & Grill is a few minutes further.
5. The Lumen
The Lumen is a boutique sister hotel to The Joule. Rooms have a striped gray carpet, shiny gray and black pillows, velour armchairs, and original artwork. They’re outfitted with minibars, though no coffeemakers. Some rooms have balconies that overlook the Southern Methodist University, but for those that do not, there’s a rooftop terrace with patio furniture. The Lumen has an outdoor pool and a small gym on-site.
The Front Room Tavern has gastropub fare and provides room service for most of the day and evening. Guests have free Wi-Fi, wine hour every evening from 5 to 6 PM, bikes to explore the neighborhood, and a car service to The Joule.
A tip: Head to Lower Greenville and the Knox/Henderson area for a night out on the town, both of which have laid-back crowd of professionals over the age of 25. Check out local favorite bars like HG Sply Co., Truck Yard, The Old Monk, and Capitol Pub.
6. Belmont Hotel
Originally built in 1946, the Belmont Hotel is a true example of Art Moderne architecture. Because of its hilltop location, many of the minimally-designed rooms have views of downtown Dallas, some from small patios or terraces. There are deep soaking tubs, public patios with retro woven hemp chairs, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, or old-fashioned metal lawn chairs.
SMOKE, the hotel’s restaurant offers Southern cooking, and there are the Barroom, lobby lounge and rental spaces for small weddings and events. The Belmont Hotel grounds are filled with trees, bushes, and yards with lounge chairs, as well as a pool for guests.
The hotel is just off I30, so it’s a short drive into downtown Dallas, and the Bishop Arts neighborhood. Within an eight-minute drive, there are cool coffee shops like The Wild Detectives, boutique shopping, and restaurants like Oddfellows and Eno’s Pizza Tavern. Trinity Groves, a five-minute drive away, is also full of creative dining options.
7. Warwick Melrose
In 1924, The Warwick Melrose opened under the ownership of an American Civil War colonel who designed it in the classic Sullivanesque Chicago style. Inside, there are painted ceilings in the lobby, gilded paintings throughout, marble floors in the foyer, and antique chandeliers in the carpeted hallways.
Rooms are elegant with beige carpet, gold curtains, and white beds with gold and silver headboards. There are marble bathrooms, Keurig coffeemakers, and minibars. Some rooms on higher floors have downtown skyline views.
The Library Bar, a classic piano bar, and the Landmark Restaurant, which serves upscale new takes on American food, draw guests and locals alike. There’s a gym and room service, though no pool or free Wi-fi. A free shuttle that takes guests within three miles of the hotel is convenient as the hotel is in Oak Lawn, a gay-friendly neighborhood, and less than three miles to the young and hip Uptown neighborhood.