Dallas , Texas
Tel: 800 542 8680 (toll-free)
Tel: 214 922 0200
Fax: 214 720 7575
Concierge.com's insider take:
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 roomsit'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.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This status-conscious city has a new jewel in its crown with the opening of the 218-room Ritz-Carlton in the Uptown neighborhood. While the monolithic sand-colored exterior feels institutional, the interior features the company's trademark old-world elegance, here accompanied by a tremendous modern art collection—fitting, since the property is just blocks from the city's modern art museum. Rooms are large—the smallest is 475 square feet—and bathed in the soft hues of Texas sunsets. Fun amenities include a DVD player, an iPod alarm clock, and, in a particularly nice touch, a single-cup coffee maker that appears at turndown service. Off the lobby, a small lounge serves complimentary fresh guacamole and margaritas every evening, and at Fearing's, the outdoor bar is the place to see and be seen, especially on lovely evenings when patrons are warmed by the outdoor fireplace. Texas charm infuses the service at all levels, from the bellmen to the concierges, but a lack of on-site parking often means long lines at the valet; be sure to budget extra time.2008 Hot List
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