Twenty-some years after the birth of the boutique hotel, the development of the cosmopolitan’s home-away-from-home has reached a crescendo. As the name suggests, boutique hotels parallel the best parts of a favorite dress boutique. They’re usually smaller than chains, offer more personalized service, present unique amenities, and should be as aspirational as any fashion mag layout. The up-and-coming hotels are more fashion-forward in architectural and interior design elements than their runway counterparts. It’s no wonder that a bevy of new hip hotels are debuting in stylish DFW. Business travelers get a bit of glamour, pleasure trippers get pampered, and locals get a relaxing weekend away.
Everything old is new again. Dallas architecture of days gone by is being revamped into chic hotel suites.
In August of this year, the sophisticated Hotel Palomar and eponymous residences open in the Southern Methodist University-Park Cities burrough. An extensive renovation assures the property will be one of the most pampering in town. Considerate details – Frette linens, Fuji soaking tubs, and goldfish companions available upon request – add personalized charm to the stylish space. An infinity pool and the Exhale “mind body spa” serve the 198 guest rooms an 18 luxury suites.
Swanky new life has been granted to a vintage motor court. On an Oak Cliff bluff with panoramic views of the downtown skyline, what once was the Belmont Motor Hotel is now the quirky cool Belmont Hotel. Cocktail style from the 1940’s original has been merged with contemporary luxury. Four distinct buildings – the Moderne, Garden Rooms & Suites, Loft Suites, and Bungalows – comprise a fabulous boutique hotel with stellar scenery. In the works: the Belmont Diner and a heated saltwater pool and lounging lawn called “The Green.”
Joule Urban Retreat
Urbanists eagerly await the revival of this gothic structure. The slim tower at 1530 Main Street is getting new life as luxe lodgings. Italian designer Adam Tihany is designing Joule, which will offer 124 rooms over 17 stories and ground floor retail space.
Also undergoing a major makeover is the Dallas Plaza on Akard Street. The hotel, built in 1972, is getting a hip facelift by the developers of the Dallas Power & Light and Davis Buildings. Close proximity to the Dallas Convention Center and great downtown views from the top floor lounge will always be in style.