Dallas is known for many things. It’s a cultural city, home to a growing Arts District and a neighborhood full of music venues where many Jazz Age greats cut their teeth. It’s a sports city, representing some of the best athletes in Texas and throngs of their adoring fans. Like the rest of the state, Dallas is also a food city, with top-rate BBQ and Tex-Mex on every block. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll need a place to stay. Turns out, the Big D is a pretty great hotel city too. Here are the best boutique hotels in Dallas that you don’t want to skip.

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1. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Once a private estate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is now the luxury hotel of choice for travelers with an eye for 1920s stylings. It’s located in a quiet part of central Dallas, in the fashionable Uptown neighborhood, with parks surrounding the property on three sides. On site, guests are guaranteed five-star pampering at the elegant Mansion Restaurant, by the magnolia-lined pool, and on the massage tables in the hotel’s three treatment rooms. Ask about the Lexus Experience if you’re interested in test-driving cars as luxurious as your digs.

Price per night: $674

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2. Hotel ZaZa

Glitzy decor and a Mediterranean aesthetic transport guests of Hotel ZaZa from Uptown Dallas to the French Riviera. Everywhere but the swanky Dragonfly restaurant, which specializes in New American cuisine and craft cocktails, that is. Guests can spend their downtime lounging by the pool, working their way through the hotel spa menu, and spending quality in-suite time with their pooches. That’s right, Hotel ZaZa is both upscale and pet-friendly.

Price per night: $437

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3. Aloft Dallas Downtown

Aloft Dallas Downtown was designed in the style of a loft, with high ceilings, wide-open spaces, and big concrete pillars making an industrial-chic statement in the lobby. You could mistake it for an artist’s studio there are so many bright paintings on the wall, not to mention colorful accent pieces in each of the rooms, which skew on the smaller side. The hotel’s bar, pool table, actual pool, and 24-hour snack bar are perfect for trendy young travelers, as is the downtown location.

Price per night: $332

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4. Canvas Hotel Dallas

Canvas Hotel Dallas is a whole vibe, from the rooftop pool and cocktail lounge to the Etsy-chich decor and exposed brick inside. It’s one of many new additions to the up-and-coming Cedar District on the south side of downtown Dallas. Much as the hotel showcases works by local artists, the neighborhood is known for its growing number of art galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops that are sure to keep travelers plenty busy while they’re in town.

Price per night: $238

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5. Hotel Crescent Court

You know a hotel’s nice when it’s a popular wedding venue in a major city. Such is the case with Hotel Crescent Court, which is located in Dallas’s Uptown neighborhood just five minutes from downtown. There’s no shortage of dining options on the premises, however. Guests can choose from four different restaurants, including a premier private dining club called The Crescent Club. The on-site spa also deserves a shout, especially the cryotherapy offerings.

Price per night: $586

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6. Kimpton Pittman Hotel

If you’re into live music, craft breweries, street art, and cafe culture, Deep Ellum is the Dallas neighborhood for you. And the Kimpton Pittman is your hotel. At the on-site Elm & Good restaurant, guests can watch their farm-to-table orders being prepared in the open kitchen, or head to the patio to enjoy local beers and local bands. To pre-game for a big night out, try the Deep End cocktail bar and pool deck at sundown instead, complete with cozy fire pits.

Price per night: $415

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7. The Joule

Photo: The Joule

Photo: The Joule

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The Joule is like a mini-city in Dallas’s central business district. It houses a luxurious spa, multiple venues for dining and drinking, a handful of fashion boutiques, and a collection of art installations befitting the Dallas Museum of Art. To make the most of the hotel’s amenities, consider upgrading your stay with a specialty package such as “Art In The End Zone,” which offers a tailgate-themed welcome kit and a complimentary tour of the Cowboys’ stadium for two.

Price per night: $318

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8. Virgin Hotels Dallas

The Virgin Hotel in Dallas is a stylish choice for visitors to the Design District, from the rooftop bar and pool to the SMEG mini-fridge in every room—a cute touch, sure, but they’re also stocked with street-priced snacks so you can satisfy your late-night cravings guilt-free. Modern amenities like in-room yoga mats, doggie beds for traveling pet parents, and a work-friendly coffee shop cum library all add to the reasons this hotel attracts a fun, young clientele.

Price per night: $364

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9. The Guild Victory Park

One of the best things about Guild Victory Park is its location. It sits right at the start of the Kay Trail, a pedestrian path that cuts through some of the nicest neighborhoods in Dallas. Travelers who’d rather watch sports than work up a sweat will appreciate its proximity to the American Airlines Center where the Mavericks and Stars play. (Big names in music also perform here.) And for those whose idea of fun sidesteps athletics altogether, the hotel is a short drive from the city’s Arts District, as well as its major nightlife neighborhood, Deep Ellum.

Price per night: $327

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