Forget those big chains the next time you’re in Dallas, and consider one of these more uniquely fabulous places to stay.
Hotel Indigo Downtown Dallas
Located on Main Street in the center of downtown, this National Historic Landmark hotel is far away from any stretch of sand, but it offers a beach-like atmosphere within its storied walls. The bright, cheery colors and beach-chic décor found throughout help bring in the feel of the sand and the sun, making it stand out from the rest. Situated in the heart of the Main Street District, with shopping, restaurants and museums just steps away, its interior also includes art work and other décor that spotlight the neighborhood’s connection to fashion and theater. With free shuttle service within a 3-mile radius, it’s easy to get to popular places like Victory Plaza and the John F. Kennedy museum as well.
Accommodations are spacious, with especially large bathrooms, and most rooms include a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. The hotel also offers breakfast and dinner options at its 1933 Bar and Bistro, featuring seasonal local fare, and a 24-hour fitness center is also onsite.
Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel
The Gaylord Texas is located just north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the lakeside suburb of Grapevine. Whether or not you’re looking for a convenient location to get to or from the airport, it’s worth booking this hotel just to enjoy a swim. The sprawling property offers gorgeous indoor and outdoor pools that are for guests only. There’s a general swimming area with a lap-style pool, slides and a whirlpool as well as a lazy river that winds for 600 feet which includes 1,200 lounge chairs along the route. The 6,000-square-foot family lagoon boasts a 27-foot-tall waterslide and zip line, a dedicated toddler pool and two horseshoe-shaped hot tubs.
The interior is an oasis too, with the vast indoor complex bringing the outdoors in with lush greenery and a winding waterway. The resort features more than 1,500 luxurious rooms and suites, many of which overlook a glass atrium filled with perfectly-manicured gardens and a vineyard, while some include private balconies. Each is bright and spacious, with comfy pillow-top mattresses and complimentary bottled water. Onsite, guests can also workout in the fitness center or indulge in lavish treatments at the Relâche Spa & Salon.
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
If you’re fantasizing about a weekend getaway to Tuscany, but you aren’t able to fund that kind of trip just yet, you might want to consider a stay at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. The most elegant hotel in the city, it has the feel of a Tuscan villa, sandwiched in the winding streets of Turtle Creek, a hidden Downtown Dallas neighborhood. Its roof is terra cotta, while the building itself is pink stucco. There are gorgeous fountains, tile mosaics and trellis plants that surround the pool, while the rooms are large, upscale and include patios as well as flat-screen TVs, DVD players and MP3 docks. Some of the mid-level master suites even boast baby grand pianos.
The dimly lit Mansion Bar hosts live music, from popular current hits to jazz and soulful piano soloists on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, while renowned fine dining can be enjoyed at the Mansion Restaurant. The Mansion also offers poolside food and drink, complimentary car service within a 5-mile radius, and a large fitness center.