Historic hotels in Dallas, Texas, afford a storied glimpse into the history of the city as well as the country. Gilt-lined hallways, oak-paneled foyers and antique marble floors whisper of the extravagant boomtimes of the past. Luxuriously appointed suites, onsite spas and wine bars speak of renovation and renewal. Even though many of the city’s historic hotels have been repurposed or demolished during periods of hardship and recession, a few historic hotels remain that provide a portrait of Dallas both past and present.
The Adolphus Hotel
Soak in baroque-inspired décor and European-style luxury at the Adolphus Hotel, located in Dallas’ West End Historic District. Considered one of the city’s most striking commercial structures, the hotel opened in 1912 under the backing and guidance of Missouri beer magnate Adolphus Busch. The hotel’s bronze and granite detailing, brass chandelier, walnut paneling and Queen Anne furnishings evoke bygone eras of big band orchestras and post-war Americana. Spend the day learning about John F. Kennedy’s presidential legacy at the nearby Sixth Floor Museum, or wander the 100-plus shops of the North Park Center. Then enjoy dinner at the hotel’s French Room, the only AAA five-diamond restaurant in Texas.
Relax in the modest, subdued surroundings of the Hotel Lawrence, situated near Union Station in the West End Historic District. Opened in 1925, the hotel offered velvet-carpeted, mahogany-appointed rooms to weary railway travelers. Today the renovated hotel has a boutique-style art deco interior with sleek furniture and warm-toned green and gold accents. Explore nearby museums, such as the Old Red Museum of Dallas County and the Sixth Floor Museum, or take in the Dallas Arts District. Then enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants dotting the West End Historic District, such as the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse and the West End Pub, or at the hotel’s own Founders Grill.
The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa
Enjoy the quiet elegance of the Art Deco-inspired Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa, just north of downtown Dallas. Tucked into the city’s Uptown district, the hotel opened in 1923 and offered a cozy escape for private high-stake poker games and clandestine romances. The extensively renovated hotel still reflects its 1920s grandeur with marble floors, antique fireplaces and expansive windows overlooking the Dallas skyline. Take a daytime ramble through the boutiques, galleries and museums of the nearby West Village shopping district or the Dallas Arts District. Then rejuvenate with a Maple Avenue Body Butter Wrap at the onsite spa. For dinner, visit the hotel’s Bolla Restaurant and sample a seasonal specialty such as roasted butternut squash risotto.
Warwick Melrose Hotel
Savor the comfortable luxury of Warwick Melrose Hotel, located in the genteel Oak Lawn neighborhood of central Dallas. First opening in 1924, the hotel affords graciously appointed rooms with European-marbled baths, rich-hued fabrics and neo-Edwardian decor. The hotel remains popular year after year with business travelers and wedding parties drawn to its quiet elegance and central location. Take in nearby sights such as the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the Dallas World Aquarium, or spend and afternoon browsing through the boutiques of Highland Park Village. Top off your day with dinner and a glass of wine at the hotel’s award-winning Landmark Restaurant, named the “Top Place to Sip and Sup” by the Wall Street Journal.
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