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Hotel Palomar, Dallas 

5300 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas , Texas
Tel: 214 520 7969
Fax: 214 520 8025
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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.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Located on the edge of the upscale Park Cities neighborhood, the 198-room Palomar, formerly the Mockingbird Hilton, oozes subdued sophistication, from its restored crystal chandeliers to its polished walnut floors. Well-designed rooms offer plenty of lounge space (and a funky zebra-striped robe to lounge around in), and bathrooms stocked with L'Occitane products, free Wi-Fi, and outlets galore. While there's really no reason to venture far from the hotel—due to such amenities as an Exhale Spa, where guests can sign up for a massage or a yoga class, and Central 214, which serves standout regional fare—those wishing to explore the environs can get a complimentary ride in the hotel's Mercedes within a five-mile radius.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: September through November, when sticky summer days give way to the perfect fall.

Which room to book: Luxury suites are palatial, but the best feature by far is the bathroom, with its lavish Fuji soaking tub.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, Spa

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Horrible Hotel

This hotel is horrible. The lobby and common areas were dusty, dirty and just disgusting. The rooms were even worse. Pubic hairs in the shower and on the toilet. Not... more