Bold, brash, status-conscious but contrary to popular belief no oil of its own to speak of, ‘The Big D’ as it’s sometimes known, is a shiny and modern metropolis in North Texas, and the commercial and cultural hub of the region too. Known for its popular cliches of wealthy, consumer-driven Texan cowboys, being the site of the John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its contribution to popular culture most notably the American football team the Dallas Cowboys and their cheerleaders, and the eponymous 80’s TV soap which shone a world-wide light on the city.
Juxtaposed with the vast wealth on display, mostly in the form of an upscale dining and shopping scene and towering skyscrapers, is a surprising – and increasing – hip alternative scene. Perfectly complementing the city’s cultural status and thriving art scene, cool and hipster-dwelling neighbourhoods are cropping up all over the city and there’s a flourishing creative and progressive vibe that previously wasn’t associated with the city. This newly trendy spirit also ensures there are some equally cool places to stay, here are the 15 of the best hip and unique hotels in Dallas…
Hotel ZaZa – hip and unique upscale hotel
Make yourself at home in the comfortable and quirky 4-star exceptionally rated Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas (near an M Line Trolley stop which takes you to the downtown). Offering an inspiring mix of Mediterranean elegance and homely Texan chic, this unique Dallas abode is a little bit different in a truly fabulous way. Rooms are themed and everyone is different to the next. In the concept suites choose to live like a rock star or transport yourself to another part of the world in rooms that have been cleverly conceived and are amazing to look at. They also contain lots of mod cons such as ergonomic desks and minifridges.
Upgrades have kitchens and garden terraces or opt for a swish bungalow in the annexe which even has a free car service to the main hotel. An unforgettable upscale hotel, the ZaZa also offers fine dining at the Dragonfly restaurant with its dramatic interior and innovative menu, spa services, a gym and a gorgeous outdoor pool. Unusual and inspiring, but still utterly opulent, the ZaZa is a new direction for Dallas hotel accommodation!
- Prices from $200 per night.
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The Joule Dallas – sleek, stylish and arty
Housed in a striking 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building in buzzing downtown Dallas, the 4-star exceptionally rated Joules Hotel offers fine designer interiors in the heart of Dallas’ central business district. Marble floors and lavish furnishings complete the upscale feel of the Joule, while the beautifully appointed bedrooms come with plush ensuite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screen TVs. Opt for an upgrade and find yourself with a lush private terrace, or go all out on a penthouse where you can expect a library, dining room and kitchen.
Dramatic art installations dominate the communal spaces, there’s a truly spectacular cantilevered pool complete with city views, great places to dine or snack, a spa and gym, a basement cocktail and the funky Dallas hotel itself is well known as the cultural epicentre of Dallas. Situated on the edge of the Dallas Arts District and next to the flagship Neiman Marcus store, The Joule is the ultimate in downtown Dallas cool lux accommodation! You won’t want to leave!
- Prices from $190 per night.
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Magnolia Hotel – sleek and modern design hotel
Warm and welcoming, the 4-star very highly rated Magnolia Hotel – housed in a historic 29-story Beaux Arts-style hotel – offers tastefully designed upscale rooms and extended stay suites. Trendy and stylish bedrooms come with high ceilings, soft cotton sheets and unusually, all come with soaking tubs. The sleek, contemporary interiors offer a quiet retreat from the busy streets of the city and opt for a suite and you’ll also find kitchens and living rooms. The modern fitness centre will take care of your wellbeing requirements during your stay and the on-site bar offers an extended Happy Hour featuring local favourites and inventive drinks. The Magnolias’ Commerce Street location means it is perfectly placed for exploring the wonderful shops, eateries, bars and attractions that can be found downtown – a very cool stay in Dallas indeed!
- Prices from $130 per night.
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Nylo Dallas South Side – hip, trendy and colourful
Funky and trendy lofts and apartments are on offer at the 4-star highly rated Nylo Dallas, in the South Lamar/ Cedars neighbourhood that is within an easy walking distance of the Southside Music Hall, the Dallas Farmer’s Market, and the Alamo Draft House movie theatre. The interiors are stylish with more than a few hints of industrial-chic and feature sky-high ceilings, exposed bricks, local artwork, and an industrial loft vibe throughout, while the lush rooftop infinity pool and lounge with unbelievable skyline views are a great place to hang out and sip on craft cocktails just like any self-respecting hipster. The Terrace Bistro serves comfort cuisine with a modern twist, while the rooftop SODA Bar offers refreshing cocktails and there’s also a free shuttle service. Experience true Texan charm with a trendy twist at the Nylo!
- Prices from $130 per night.
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Rosewood Mansion – a beautiful Dallas gem
Steeped in Dallas history, the 5-star exceptionally rated Rosewood Mansion – which overlooks Turtle Creek – promises a fine and elegant accommodation experience for guests who choose to enjoy its uptown location (1.3 miles from the Dallas Museum of Art). Tucked away in an exclusive oasis, this former private residence turned stylish and trendy Dallas accommodation has been meticulously restored to offer first class quarters. Exquisite décor and authentic architectural details will transport you back in time to a Dallas of days gone by, whilst modern luxury touches such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs and minibars and patios/balconies make the Rosewood a truly charming place to stay.
Dine at the exclusive Mansion Restaurant or enjoy laid-back American cuisine at the Restaurant Terrace. Sip cocktails at the leather-panelled bar, take a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool, relax in the hot-tub, work out in the hotel’s extensive fitness suite, complete with steam room and sauna or take a massage (for an extra fee). Oh and there’s also there’s a free local car service – just fabulous darling!
- Prices from $230 per night.
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Omni Dallas Hotel – swish designer boutique
Connected by a sky bridge to the Dallas Convention Centre, the 4-star exceptionally popular Omni Dallas Hotel is a modern building in the heart of downtown. Close to a wide array of popular restaurants, shops and the fab Dallas Arts District, the central location is a real winner for this unique and ultra-modern Dallas hotel. Local history is showcased throughout the property with pieces from local Dallas artists on display, and the terrace pool deck with seriously impressive views is a real draw. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable and feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city views and sensory floor lighting and guests can dine at a number of great restaurants (seven to be precise!), relax in the contemporary onsite spa or enjoy drinks at the Uptown Terrace next to the sublime heated rooftop infinity swimming pool. A great choice for a hip and cool hotel in Dallas!
- Prices from $140 per night.
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Aloft Dallas Downtown – trendy and stylish mid-range
Directly next to the City Hall and the Dallas Convention Centre, with easy access to the Arts District, the highly rated Aloft Dallas can be found in a historic building, in the midst of Downtown Dallas. With an original buff brick exterior, large windows and high ceilings, this hip Dallas hotel offers a good standard of mid-range accommodation with an industrial twist. Exposed brickwork, retro furnishings and uber-cool artwork is everywhere, and the hotel is rightly proud of its eco-friendly credentials. Guests can eat at the Re:fuel cafe or enjoy drinks in the WXYZ® bar: that has regular DJ’s and party nights. Another Aloft group hotel that finds the perfect balance of affordable accommodation that doesn’t compromise on style.
- Prices from $95 per night.
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The Highland Hotel – sophisticated, modern and stylish
An upscale hotel that borders the Highland Park, Park Cities and Lakewood neighbourhoods, the 4-star much loved Highland Dallas (which is part of the prestigious Curio Collection by Hilton) offers an elevated boutique hotel experience. Situated adjacent to the Southern Methodist University campus near Uptown Dallas, there are a wealth of cool shops, restaurants and nightlife right outside your door. The chic Dallas hotel itself revels in both the historical side of the city and its contemporary touches and offers clean, sleek bedrooms with wonderful city views as well as HDTVs, Italian linens, sitting areas and iPod docks. Opt for a suite and also expect lush whirlpool tubs.
The onsite restaurant, Knife, offers a Dallas orientated menu, and the modern Exhale Spa will help you to relax after a day exploring the city. Guests can also swim in the heated outdoor infinity pool, work out in the gym, go for treatments in the beauty salon or enjoy cocktails at the bar, while seated in a cabana – a gorgeous choice in Dallas!
- Prices from $160 per night.
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Knox Park 624 – funky and quirky apartments
The Knox Park 624 is an impressive self-catering apartment located in this trendy Uptown Dallas location, offering easy access into the city. Decorated throughout with a wonderfully American red, white and blue theme the rooms are full of unusual and quirky furnishings and decorations. A giant cowboy boot in the lounge and a wall of rosettes in the bedroom blend seamlessly with striped rugs, vintage apothecary cabinets and retro fairground signs to produce a fun place to stay. With a fully equipped, open plan kitchen and dining area, a large living space, two bedrooms and luxury bathrooms, the stylishly quirky Dallas accommodation also has a private balcony with distant views. The complex itself offers a communal pool area, a gym and the eclectic Highland Park village is just 2km away.
- Prices from $200 per night.
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The Adolphus – historic chic
A historic icon located in downtown Dallas, the 4-star very highly rated Adolphus Hotel (part of the prestigious Autograph Collection) offers award-winning accommodation in truly luxurious surroundings. Dark wood panelling and vintage leather and velvet add splendour to the lobby and communal areas, while the bedrooms are resplendent with antique accents and soft white linens. Expansive and exquisite, the trendsetting Dallas hotel offers opulence in a traditional, French colonial style. Guests can dine in the revered French Room or enjoy a more relaxed dining experience at the City Hall Bistro or the Rodeo Bar and Grill.
The rooftop pool offers its very own lively bar that is well suited to the young and affluent city crowd, and the chic hotel’s prestigious fitness suite and spa are great for relaxation and wellbeing. Located within easy distance of all the attractions downtown Dallas has to offer, the Adolphus is a real taste of upscale Dallas living.
- Prices from $160 per night.
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Guild Victory Park – fun and funky apartments
Located within just 200 yards of the American Airlines Centre, the highly unique and top-rated Guild Victory Park is a planned neighbourhood located directly northwest of Downtown Dallas. All of the cool self-catering Dallas apartments in the development are well equipped with kitchens, WiFi and flat-screen TVs, and some even offer their own seating areas or balconies. The complex has an outdoor pool for guests to enjoy, as well as a gym. The Victory Park neighbourhood is lively and is a part of Dallas’s entertainment district. Come to relax, but expect to party as the neighbourhood comes alive during the hours of 4pm and 2am every day and is a great spot from which to explore the AT&T Performing Arts Centre, Dallas Holocaust Museum and Sixth Floor Museum.
- Prices from £120 per night.
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Lumen Hotel – midcentury-modern vibe
This Dallas boutique hotel is situated directly across from the Southern Methodist University and has been transformed from a downbeat 1960s motel into a charming mid-century retreat. In a tree-lined avenue in the Highland Park neighbourhood, the hotel offers an outdoor heated pool, a fitness room and the Front Room Tavern restaurant and cocktail bar. The interiors at the highly rated Lumen Hotel have been cleverly designed to reflect the age of the building and it now offers plenty of stylish retro touches along with spacious and very chic bedrooms. In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, yoga mats and upgrades offer balconies, sitting areas, soaking tubs and/or kitchenettes. Communal amenities include a heated outdoor pool surrounded by private cabanas, a trendy eatery, a gym, complimentary wine socials and loaner bikes. Within a short drive of downtown, this funky Dallas gem is a great place to stay for those on a mid-range budget.
- Prices from $140 per night.
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Belmont Hotel – retro cool
The highly rated Belmont Hotel is a boutique abode located in the Oak Cliff neighbourhood, which offers a true vintage motor inn experience. The perfect retreat for the creatively minded, the unique Dallas accommodation is a historic building that has a comfortable, lived-in vibe and its very own unique culture. Just far enough away from the city, guests can choose to stay in the Belmont’s own bubble, or travel into the city to enjoy the attractions of downtown Dallas via a free shuttle service. Bedrooms are retro and comfortable, suites offer free-standing tubs, living areas and/or wet bars and the cool and unusual hotel itself curates its very own contemporary art collection as well as a series of music programs for guests and locals alike. There’s free access to the neighbouring Health Club, an onsite hot-tub to relax in, the hip bar hosts live music and art openings, and is a great place to meet like-minded travellers, while the outdoor pool offers spectacular city views!
- Prices from $90 per night.
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Hotel Indigo Downtown – bright and colourful boutique
Located in a historic downtown building that was once the site of the Dallas Opera House, the highly rated Indigo Hotel is an intimate boutique hotel located in the heart of the Main Street district. Very much in touch with its musical history, the colourful and funky Dallas hotel has plenty of fantastic artwork on display, and offers cleverly crafted interiors throughout. Deco style interiors are updated with a touch of luxe and the bedrooms are bright but stylish and feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgrades offer superb city views. The 1933 Bar and Bistro serves seasonal produce and local fare and there’s also a sleek rooftop restaurant/bar. Within easy access of local shops, eateries, bars and nightlife, the Indigo is a great place to stay and explore the vibrant city of Dallas.
- Prices from £100 per night.
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UpTown Dallas 706 – trendy designer apartments
The Uptown Dallas is set in the Victory Park district of Dallas, and offers modern self-catering accommodation just 400 metres from American Airlines Centre and close to both the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Holocaust Museum. The apartment has been beautifully finished with a mid-century modern feel and benefits from a fully equipped fitted kitchen, a large modern living area, a spacious double bedroom and luxury bathroom facilities. The complex has its very own outdoor pool which guests can enjoy and has onsite gym facilities for keeping in shape. Chic and modern self-catering accommodation that can sleep up to 4 people is available here.
- Prices from $200 per night.
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