Concierge.com's insider take:
The Belmont Motor Hotel was restoredor, better put, given an ultrachic riffin 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 spotDallas's answer to Austin's subcultureis 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.