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The Adolphus Hotel
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas , Texas
75202
Tel: 800 221 9083 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 742 8200
reservations@adolphus.com
www.hoteladolphus.com

A less muscular but hardly less grand take on Renaissance revival than the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the 428-room Adolphus has been in continuous operation at its downtown location since beer baron Adolphus Busch built it back in 1912 (it was the city's tallest building at the time). The public spaces offer an elegant old-world atmosphere, replete with crystal chandeliers and Flemish tapestries; the charming afternoon tea served in the wood-paneled lobby living room features live piano and scones with Devonshire cream. Some of the suites are totally out of (1980s Wall Street–;style) control, with zebra rugs and pool tables. The hotel bar is old and cozy, so if you can stomach the forced formality of the place as a whole, it's a well-located downtown choice. The French Room restaurant, with Italianate murals covering its 18-foot vaults, is the most formally elegant of the city's top restaurants; it will please the grandparent set.

$200-$299
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Ashton Hotel
610 Main Street
Fort Worth , Texas
76102
Tel: 866 327 4866 (toll-free)
Tel: 817 332 0100
kbinion@theashtonhotel.com
www.theashtonhotel.com

Occupying two venerable, impeccably restored Italianate buildings, one built in 1890 and the other in 1915, this 39-room boutique hotel has a prime site just a block from Sundance Square, the vibrant, nightlife-friendly centerpiece of Fort Worth's downtown revitalization. The recently renovated rooms are luxurious—Italian linens, down duvets, two-person claw-foot whirlpool baths—with an unfussy 1930s style, a good fit with the Ashton's fine collection of paintings by pioneering Fort Worth modernists of the 1930s through 1950s. The Café Ashton is an inviting space that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as offering late-afternoon teatime (which must be arranged for a day in advance).

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Belmont Hotel
901 Fort Worth Avenue
Dallas , Texas
75208
Tel: 877 476 3378 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 393 2300
belmont@belmontdallas.com
www.belmontdallas.com

The Belmont Motor Hotel was restored—or, better put, given an ultrachic riff—in 2005, and the 84 rooms afford views of the dramatic skyline that's grown up around the hotel since its 1940s founding. Its location in the still-gentrifying Oak Cliff neighborhood isn't the most charming, but this hip spot—Dallas's answer to Austin's subculture—is a much-needed break from the garish glitz of the hotels uptown and the stuffiness of those downtown. The rooms feel lived in, like the apartment of a 30-something urbanite with a penchant for travel. Clean-lined modern pieces sit amid geometric daybeds piled with exotic textiles. Original photography and tribal masks hang above custom furniture made by local artisans. The crowd follows suit, with alterna-locals packing the hotel's bar.

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Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
4150 N. MacArthur Boulevard
Irving , Texas
75038
Tel: 800 819 5053 (toll-free)
Tel: 972 717 0700
Fax: 972 717 2550
www.fourseasons.com/dallas

This lavish place seems worlds away from Dallas. Technically it's in Irving, but it's just minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, amid the rolling green hills of a vast planned development called Las Colinas. Surrounded by azure pools and verdant semitropical vegetation, the 397-room, 400-acre Four Seasons complex has been decorated throughout with a tastefully (and thankfully understated) Asian influence; the Asian-American fusion is handled equally well at the Café on the Green restaurant. The best rooms overlook the golf course, which hosts the PGA's annual Byron Nelson Classic (in early May). All rooms have access to a wide assortment of fitness facilities, including 12 tennis courts, four pools, and indoor and outdoor jogging tracks. You must pay a fee to play golf, but Pilates, yoga, and spinning classes are complimentary.

$200-$299
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Hotel Palomar
5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas , Texas
75206
Tel: 214 520 7969
Fax: 214 520 8025
www.hotelpalomar-dallas.com

Its Holiday Inn–ish exterior aside, this new boutique hotel represents the cutting edge in spa technology, with everything from deep-flow massage to laser therapy (though the Ritz-Carlton has it beat) and a dramatic lobby with 26-foot windows. Inside you'll find everything's tastefully modern, with thoughtful quirky touches such as in-room Nintendos, zebra-print bathrobes, and an honor bar with art supplies and gourmet snacks. Solo travelers can have pet goldfish to keep them company, and animal lovers can rest assured that Fido will be pampered with treats, bottled water, designer food bowls, and treats. Human guests are pampered with daily wine tastings and free in-room yoga and Pilates equipment. Decor is tasteful and modern, and includes a few quirky touches like cowhide-upholstered ottomans as well as some artful ones such as pillows and rugs with hypnotic geometric patterns. Palomar is located in Mockingbird Station, a trendy shopping and eating area a bit north of the action happening downtown. It's a good bet for business travelers with meetings north of the city or avid shoppers, who will have NorthPark only a few minutes away.

$200-$299
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Hotel Zaza
2332 Leonard Street
Dallas , Texas
75201
Tel: 800 597 8399 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 468 8399
theconcierge@hotelzaza.com
www.hotelzaza.com

Whimsical postmodern style and a lively party atmosphere combine with fastidious service and high-end attention to detail to make this 152-room boutique hotel in the heart of trendy Uptown Dallas's hippest place to stay. The who-says-irony-is-dead decor includes concept suites ranging from the beanbag chairs and purple shag carpet in the Shag-a-delic Suite to the Venetian-style Dangerous Beauty. Frisky guests will be happy to find a "Shag Bag" (condoms, lube, and other shagging needs) in all rooms. The Dragonfly restaurant and lounge offer high-concept Asian-Mediterranean dining and a see-and-be-seen bar scene that spills into the Urban Oasis pool area during the warm months. (Hotel guests get to jump the velvet-rope line into the Dragonfly, which is quite the score on weekends.) Rooms are outfitted with Euro-contemporary desks and high-speed Internet for business travelers; however, early risers can be kept awake by the late-night frivolity. Book well in advance.

$300-$399
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Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas , Texas
75201
Tel: 800 542 8680 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 922 0200
Fax: 214 720 7575
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/dallas/default.htm

The 2007 opening of this Dallas hotel marked the first new Ritz-Carlton to be built in the U.S. in three years, and this time, they're clearly aiming for something beyond the wealthy-gramps set. The hip restaurant and the sleek Rattlesnake Bar have a tech-boom feel but, this being the Ritz, still seem to attract mostly ladies who lunch. The lobby embodies yet another aesthetic: Marble floors support wooden sculptures, and a delicate chandelier hangs over curving bronze vases. Futuristic amenities (think television screens in bathroom mirrors) adorn the 218 rooms, but the decor still tends toward the classic with muted brocades and dark wood furniture. A note of caution: Suites aren't that much nicer than regular rooms—it's a lot of money for a little extra space. In addition, you won't get much in the way of views: Most rooms look out on cranes working on hotels and luxury high-rises hoping to be Dallas's new hot spot. The cutting-edge spa with everything from Ayurvedic treatments to a "Hill Country Aromatic Manicure" is worth the trip, even if you're not staying in the hotel.

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Rosewood Crescent Hotel
400 Crescent Court
Dallas , Texas
Tel: 800 654 6541 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 871 3200
crescentcourt@rosewoodhotels.com
www.crescentcourt.com

This Uptown district hotel is the main building in a mixed-use limestone development that also includes office towers and shops. Encounter English slate roofing and marble flooring from Italy and Spain, "the design is very traditional." All guest rooms have sitting areas, palettes of gray, silver, and ivory, and French doors overlooking the property's courtyard. Four restaurants include Nobu and are "all so elegant." "Valet staff always addressed me by name upon arriving and departing."

(220 rooms)

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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard
Dallas , Texas
75219
Tel: 888 767 3966 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 559 2100
themansion@rosewoodhotels.com
www.mansiononturtlecreek.com

Very Important Persons seem to love the Mansion: The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia reserved almost all of the 143 rooms on his last visit. The outrageousness of the decor suits the over-the-top personalities. The Renaissance revival-style mansion was built in the 1920s for local cotton magnate Shepperd King. Wandering among the copious antiques and fresh floral displays, imported marble underfoot, and massive, carved ceiling coffers overhead, you can enjoy robber-baron magnificence with a sprawling Texan inflection. But the domestic origins—however grand—make the Mansion's ambience more welcoming than overpowering. Like many Texas grand dames, the Mansion restaurant got a face-lift in 2007 and has reopened with a full new menu.

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Stockyards Hotel
109 E. Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth , Texas
76106
Tel: 800 423 8471 (toll-free)
Tel: 817 625 6427
www.stockyardshotel.com

Yee-haw! This is a rare Western-themed lodging in the thoroughly urbanized DFW area. The recently renovated Stockyards is the 52-room successor to the original 1907 hotel at the corner of Main and Exchange in the heart of the historic Stockyards District. The four nominally Western room styles—Victorian, Western, Native American, and Mountain Man—differ only in a bit of superficial decor (there's no shortage of cowhide and cow skulls here). For more authenticity, you have to go to the bargain-priced suites: The Celebrity has hosted a long list of country-western stars, from Tanya Tucker to Willie Nelson. The Clyde Barrow Suite is reputed to be the actual room where the folk-hero bank robber stayed in 1932—and you get to share it with his girlfriend Bonnie Parker's framed .38 revolver.

$200-$299
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Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa
2927 Maple Avenue
Dallas , Texas
75201
Tel: 214 871 7111
Tel: 800 921 8498 (toll-free)
www.stoneleighhotel.com

This historic celebrity hideaway, fresh from a $36 million renovation that restored its Art Deco splendor, offers a respite from Dallas's typical obsession with the new and brassy. The management team behind the transformation of the Mansion on Turtle Creek wisely decided to keep the residential floor plan for the 170 guest rooms. The accommodations (at an average size of 500 square feet) feel grand in scale, are decorated in a palette of either coral red with charcoal or teal with cinnamon, and feature high ceilings, commissioned Texas artwork, and full-body tubs with Baronessa Cali Oliva bath products—perfect for soaking after a day of shopping in the hip Uptown area. In the 1930s, Dorothy Draper designed the original owner's twelfth-floor Penthouse residence, which was transformed by the current head of her eponymous firm into a dramatic Presidential Suite; the assemblage of rooms retain many of original details, including the secret passageways and balconies. Before dinner at Bolla restaurant, join the glitterati in the lounge, which is lit by close to 30,000 crystals in numerous chandeliers and Swarovski crystals embedded in the lush drapery.

$300-$399
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W Dallas-Victory
2440 Victory Park Lane
Dallas , Texas
Tel: 214 397 4100
whotels.com

The W may be a chain, but this Dallas hotel is less cookie-cutter and more cookie-cutting-edge, with gleaming glass, flowing water, and soaring ceilings. Dimmed purple and pink neon lights and innumerable candles make the lobby a flashy welcome, and they are just a hint of things to come. The excessive mirroring of the tricked-out rooms and sleekness of Ghostbar and Tom Colicchio's Craft will give you that rap-star feel—and who knows, you just might encounter one among the hotel's guests. Bathrooms in the rooms offer shockingly little privacy (doors are glass and face the bedroom), so be prepared to get to know your travel companion a little better. The rest of the room, however, is thoughtfully laid out; some have sitting areas next to windows overlooking the lights of downtown. The location in Victory Park puts nightlife and shopping within arm's reach, and Ghostbar is one of the hottest clubs in town. And don't forget all the creature comforts that the W provides: rain forest showers, down pillows and comforters, Bliss toiletries (they also have a spa on site), and "Whenever, Whatever" service that runs the gamut from satisfying a 4 am burrito craving to scoring box seats to a basketball game.

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