Boutique Hotels in Dallas, Texas

by Pamela Wright
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If you're looking for more than a traditional chain hotel room in Dallas, you're in luck. The city has a handful of award-winning boutique hotels, from a sleek and simple Euro-style property to an elegant mansion filled with French antiques. Each is located in a different area, including the historic West End, Millionaire's Row, Park Cities and Uptown neighborhoods.

Hotel Lawrence

Located near the historic West End and Union Station, this 118-room boutique hotel blends contemporary Euro-style design with the hotel's historic elements, like wood paneled walls and moldings. Rooms are simple and minimalistic, with neutral colors and simple furnishings. Yet, the white-on-white bathrooms feature artsy elements, including tiled floors and walls and glass vessel sinks set on chrome pedestals. The lobby has rich wood columns, marble tile floors, wall sconces and classic upholstered furniture. You can help yourself to the milk and cookies that are set out in the lobby each evening.

Hotel St. Germain

This three-story mansion on Millionaire's Row, just north of downtown, oozes elegance. The uptown boutique hotel, with balconies and wrought iron railings, courtyard garden and French antiques, has seven suites. All suites have a sitting area, canopy beds and working fireplaces. Some have whirlpool tubs. You can choose from more than 100 labels at the champagne bar set out in the front parlor. The hotel's upscale restaurant, with crisp white linens and antique silver is open to the public.

Hotel ZaZa

This lush boutique uptown hotel has 153 rooms and seven themed suites. The lobby at the AAA four-diamond property mixes bold colors of purple and red with rich fabrics and Mediterranean-style furnishings. An intricate iron balcony, flowing red curtains, zebra print chairs and leather accents add an exotic flair. The decor carries over in the rooms, which feature gold silk bed coverings accented with red pillows. Rooms also have original artwork and marble bathrooms with rainfall showers. You have access to an outdoor pool area and bar, full-service spa and fitness center. Complimentary car service is also available to hotel guests within a four-mile radius.

Hotel Palomar

Located near the Lakewood and Park Cities neighborhoods, this sleek and sophisticated boutique hotel won a AAA four-diamond rating and made Conde Nast magazine's hot list in 2007, among other recognition. The two-story lobby has expansive windows, a center fireplace, modern furniture, geometric-patterned rugs against glossy wood floors, and a neutral palette of creamy whites and tans, punctuated with splashes of canary yellow, expresso brown and blacks. The decor carries through in the 198 rooms. You're welcome at the complimentary wine reception held each evening. Additional amenities include a full-service spa, fitness center, restaurant and outdoor garden room.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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