Concierge.com's insider take:
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 feeland 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.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With so much construction under way in downtown Dallas, it would be easy for the new W to be, well, just another W. But inside and out, this 252-room Victory Park hotel is a standout. In addition to the usual amenities, such as Bliss bath accoutrements and downy beds, the 33-story property has a stunning sixteenth-floor outdoor infinity pool with panoramic skyline views, a top-floor lounge cum night club with an exhilarating (or terrifying, depending on your level of acrophobia) all-glass balcony, and an outpost of Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant. While the doormen, with their designer uniforms, seem more L.A. than Dallas, the lobby is all Texas, with its massive chandeliers and its beaded curtains strung with miniature cowboy figurines—and so is the hospitality.2007 Hot List
When to go: September through November, when sticky summer days give way to the perfect fall.
Which room to book: Fifteenth-floor Mega rooms are Texas-style; in other words, everythingfrom the beds to the ceilings to the bath linensis supersize.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›