Champagne afternoon teas, touring the city in a Rolly Royce, and sipping chocolate martinis at an art deco bar – that’s Dallas’ priciest stays for you. The fact is that when it comes to expensive hotels, Dallas sets the bar for the same across the state. After all, it’s the millionaire’s city of America, and its hotels are a true testament to that. ‘Big D,’ as Dallas is famously known, already has a long and illustrious history as a Texan business hub, but its expensive accommodations will suit the sensibilities of all kinds of visitors. Whether you’re a spa addict, art-obsessed, traveling for work, or a parent with kids in tow, the city’s most luxurious stays do not discriminate – or disappoint, for that matter.
All in all, these top-notch hotels serve up plenty of Texas hospitality that will make your stay feel like an upscale and luxurious version of a home away from home experience. Here’s our detailed guide to the most extravagant, indulgent, and splashiest stays in D-Town.
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Table of contents
- Hotel ZaZa Dallas
- Hall Arts Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
- Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
- Virgin Hotel Dallas
- The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas
- Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
- Hotel Crescent Court
- The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
- The Joule Dallas
- The Omni Dallas
- Thompson Dallas, part of Hyatt
- Where do celebrities stay when they come to Dallas?
- Where are Dallas’ most expensive hotels located?
- What hotel did the Queen stay at in Dallas?
Hotel ZaZa Dallas
Is “love” too strong a word to use about a hotel? You’ll forgive us for going ga-ga over Hotel ZaZa Dallas, perched in the heart of fashionable Uptown. Elegant and eclectic in equal measure, this hotel is glamorous to the point of infinity. The sexy ambiance is evident right from the dimly lit check-in, and the crowd screams “posh party” – you’re immediately transported to a different place. The amenities are an absolute standout here, especially the Dragonfly restaurant, which serves creative cocktails and hip American fare for all meals. However, the most popular drinking destination here, by far, is the bustling pool bar. You can practically feel the hedonism flowing here with a modern Romanesque fountain feature, loungers, parasols, and freely flowing drinks. The winner for us, though, was ZaSpa and its patient coordinator, who helped book treatments for a group of overexcited people at the tranquil spa.
ZaZa is famed for its seven magnificent and over-the-top suites, which have every kind of unique concept and OTT furnishings you can ever think of. You can choose from a 1980s star’s hideaway, a flamboyant goth rock room, a graphic film noir set piece, and a gold-dipped suite in Venice. However, the decor tour de force is the best in the penthouse suite, aptly called Dangerous Beauty. Bathing alfresco is just one of the many luxuries at this Venetian-style villa, which also has a breathtaking Botticelli-style mural, a crystal chandelier, and a full terrace, which is where the bath is. And all this could be yours for USD 1,500/night – only.
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Hall Arts Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
If there’s one structure that showcases Dallas’ city glamor and the creativity of the Arts District, it would be the inimitable HALL Arts Hotel. Think of it as a cross between a minimalist contemporary art museum and a genius tech-central outpost.
You will love the hotel in terms of the amenities too, which might look like it’s geared towards business travelers, but it’s not. For one, fitness freaks will love the well-equipped gym that not only has Matrix equipment but also Peloton bicycles. Travelers and locals both love the second-floor open-air lounge, where enjoying a drink is the best way to wind down after a long day. It sits next to Ellie’s, named after Craig Hall’s mother, and serves delicious fare. While there are lots of meeting space options, the crown jewel – literally – is the rooftop pool and gardens. After a sweaty day of traipsing around the town, what better way to cool off than enjoy a dip in a rooftop pool, of all places?
The rooms and suites at this hotel are equally impressive, with jaw-dropping photography canvases, futuristic tech, and sumptuous Natura Bissé bath products and bathrobes. In fact, some rooms even had bathtubs that could pass as MOMA installations – not kidding. What will take your breath away, though, is the 10th-floor Grand Finale Suite, a lavish 1,700 sq ft space with two separate entrances. Apart from all the possible comforts we could think of, the space even had a service bar and a massive master ensuite with an equally enormous walk-in closet. So, we thought the USD 2,000/night price was totally justified. The best bit? It can even be connected to the Hall Deluxe room, making it a two-bedroom suite.
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Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
This renovated historic hideaway that is the Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, is a welcome respite from the city’s usual obsession with the spanking-new and brassy. It also happens to be one of the most historic of Dallas’ hotels and for a good reason. When it opened, the original Stoneleigh Court Hotel was said to be the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi River. Colonel Harry E. Stewart was so taken by the hotel in 1934 that he bought, expanded, redid, and even moved into it. In fact, this behemoth 7,200 sq ft penthouse was Texas’s very first and has been transformed into eight meticulously renovated rooms today. Cool, isn’t it?
If you’re a foodie like us, then you’re in luck staying at this hotel and exploring the fare at its restaurants. For instance, the cozy bistro Perle on Maple boasts a delicious farm-to-table menu, and that too with Texas ingredients at the helm. What’s more, tourists and locals alike find themselves at the Bar at Stoneleigh, which sees half-priced bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
Playing your cards right at this Art Deco hotel will transport you to a time period of high-end living, complete with gilded chairs and OTT drapes. Given that it’s an art deco gem, the rooms and suites here, which are made up in gold and blue hues and feature Dallas’ biggest walk-in closets, are simply perfect. You’ll love the stunning Historic Suite, which comes with a fireplace, carved wood paneling, and Tudor-style diamond windows. However, the Presidential Suite, which costs USD 3,000/night, is the ultimate in terms of luxury, whether it’s in terms of furnishings. mod-cons, or space.
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Virgin Hotel Dallas
The Virgin Hotel Dallas outpost is a people-watching paradise – and a luxurious one at that. Glitz with bucketloads of fun best describes this Design District wonder, which is easily one of the coolest hangouts in not just the city but all of Texas! This is evident from the clubhouse-like vibe of the hotel’s public spaces, and you feel like you’ve stepped into Richard Branson’s exclusive world.
So, what’s this people-watching we’re going on about? We’re talking about the amazing bar that the young, partying crowd flocks to on the weekends. The centerpiece is the extremely Instagrammable circular swing hanging beneath a neon sign. Guests and locals alike also flock to the restaurant, especially the massive outdoor space which draws the see-and-be-seen crowd. That said, the crown jewel of the hotel, literally, is the sexy rooftop Pool Club. Not only does it have a large, inviting pool, but it even has a jacuzzi at the side, perfect for soaking your muscles on chillier nights. And, of course, it boasts some of the best views of the Dallas skyline.
The design-forward dogs are all kitted out in the latest smart technology, but the suites take the cake. Think massive circular soaking tubs, huge walk-in closets with makeup dressers, and vegan bath products from Red Flower. Its best suite, aptly named the Sir Richards Flat, pulls out all the stops with 1,400 sq ft of extravagance and 360-degree views of the city. Moreover, the award-winning 16th-floor luxury suite not only has a patented king bed (yes, those exist) but also a huge wraparound patio where you can lounge to the hilt, cocktails in hand. Oh, and it costs a cool USD 3,200/night.
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The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas
Escaping the city will never be as amazing as at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas. Formerly a Four Seasons property, this second Ritz property in Dallas (the first being Ritz Carlton Dallas) is a sun-kissed oasis of fireplace-dotted evening lounges, glistening pools shaded by trees, and lush green golf courses. Located just 20 minutes north of the city, this is a sanctuary for intergenerational travelers.
So, what do we mean by that? Firstly, it’s home to the huge Nelson golf and sports club, complete with two championship golf courses. Not only are they both regarded as Audubon sanctuaries, but they also shelter a variety of other native flora and fauna. Moreover, every wellness and fitness endeavor is catered to at the sports club, while the adjoined spa and salon only add to the aura of rejuvenation and relaxation. And that’s not all. A gorgeous, languorous-looking lazy river meanders through the property, peppered with inviting deck chairs all over.
However, it’s the overnight guests here that get the complete Ritz works. For instance, studio-style villas have their own personal firepits, private lawns, and marble bathrooms with L’Occitane products. And tower rooms and private villas are a different category altogether. But, if we were to talk of immense luxury, that award would go to the Ritz-Carlton Las Colinas suite. The top-level digs offer the best views of the golf course and the property, along with all cool mod-cons, of course, all for USD 4,200/night.
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Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Imagine a former 1920s Spanish-style mansion that’s now a multi-award-winning luxury hotel. Welcome to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, which is inspired by European art and architecture. The former 1925-built private residence retains gorgeous original features like stained-glass windows and hand-carved fireplaces, which blend beautifully with modern design elements in their restored state.
Staying at this upscale and genteel hotel will feel tasteful and yet not stuffy, which is a welcome departure from most hotels in its category. What’s rarer is that it welcomes children with the Rosewood Explorers and Rose Buds programs. In the meantime, parents (and other adults) can indulge in everything from test-driving a Lexus to enjoying a grapefruit vodka cocktail by the pool. Oh, and what can we possibly say about the temperature-controlled pool with daybeds, parasols, and a pool bar? It has St. Tropez written all over it! That’s fitting, considering it sits in one of Dallas’ poshest neighborhoods. Thanks to the complimentary car service within a five-mile radius, Downtown isn’t far.
“A temperature-controlled outdoor pool in the heart of an upscale and luxurious neighborhood in Dallas? Bring it on!”WOW Travel
Finally, we come to the highlight, the restaurants, which even have an F&B director of their own. They design a menu highlighting the local farmers’ beautiful bounty! The sexy Mansion Bar has live music and fantastic cocktails on the weekends, while the Mansion Restaurant is an iconic Dallas fine-dining destination in its own right. When the weather’s nice, the restaurant terrace is a fabulous space to enjoy drinks and meals.
That said, the rooms and suites are as bespoke and luxurious as intimate, luxurious living gets in Dallas – think a Chanel-with-Renaissance-style architecture vibe. The magnificent one-bedroom Penthouse has an expansive terrace that overlooks the best parts of Dallas, all for a USD 5,000/night.
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Hotel Crescent Court
Texan charm and hospitality meet lavish European design at Hotel Crescent Court, the very epitome of sophistication and elegance in Uptown Dallas. You can see the evidence of the whopping USD 30 million renovation, right from the gleaming marble floors and restored limestone columns to the modern touches.
It’s not surprising that the hotel overflows with amenities, and all of them look and feel exclusive. Notwithstanding your culinary preferences, Crescent Court really does have a little bit for everyone. Try contemporary Japanese cuisine at Nobu and cocktails and light bites at Beau’s. Of course, our favorite (and that of a couple of other hundred travelers) was the Conservatory, tucked right in the middle of verdant and lush gardens. Heck, they even have a lovely Afternoon Tea tradition with dainty desserts and delicious finger sandwiches in the Great Hall every day! All this noshing around is bound to make you all the more laidback, so why not enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa? Of course, you also have the option of relaxing to the hilt by the outdoor pool. No wonder it’s one of the best luxury hotels in Dallas!
Just like the rest of the hotel, the lavish accommodations reflect Southern gentility with everything from shoehorn and lint rollers to Molton Brown bath products and Italian Frette linens. Take things to the next level at the Grand Presidential Suite, which costs a jaw-dropping USD 5,500/night. A sweeping spiral staircase connects the two-storeyed digs, which are equipped with every single piece of convenience you’d need to survive a dystopian era – and then some.
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The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
Little things leave a huge impression at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, which is the original Ritz outpost in Big D. Think massive fresh flower arrangements in the lobby and signature in-room cocktails delivered to your hands every day – now that’s what we call true luxury.
Puttin’ on the Ritz – quite literally – this luxurious hotel is Dallas decadence at its best. Impeccably dressed doormen welcome you into the grand lobby. The Fearing’s Restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, is a favorite place to load up on Dallas calories – and the lip-smacking kind. The fitness center aside, there’s a heated outdoor swimming pool, too, but the spa at Ritz-Carlton is par excellence. Setting the bar for spas in the city, it boasts couples treatment rooms, a variety of massages and treatments, and even a VIP suite for two and a post-session lounge. And don’t even get us started on the Margarita scrubs. That’s why it’s one of Dallas’ best spa hotels. Need more? There’s a complimentary shoe shine overnight and live entertainment on the outdoor patio. Add a complimentary JFK Trolley Tour and a courtesy car by Rolls Royce!
We haven’t even mentioned the rooms and suites yet, which boast in-mirror bathroom TVs and glorious Downtown views. If you’re going to stay at the RC, do it right and choose the Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms, at least the only one-of-a-kind experience in the city. Not only does it include food and beverages, but also it comes with its own dedicated concierge. And if you’re going to splurge even more, what better place to do that than the uber-exclusive Privacy Wing at the Ritz? After all, it does cost USD 7,500/night.
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The Joule Dallas
Dramatic and whimsical all at once, The Joule Dallas makes for a special stay in the heart of Dallas. It sits in a revitalized 1920s Neo-Gothic work of art but is a beautiful blend of old-world opulence-meeting-contemporary design on the inside. The drama begins the minute you walk inside the doors, and you see an extensive art collection, no matter where you look. These dramatic art installations range from intricate tiled mosaics to a giant steel wheel. The highly personable staff immediately takes over, welcoming you, asking about your needs, and giving you a tour of the hotel and its unique facilities.
The pinnacle is the seventh-floor rooftop pool, which is cantilevered so that part of it hangs over Main Street! In fact, the pool terrace and the neighboring bar are the city’s favorite hangout spots, with heaters keeping the space toasty even in winter. At the other end of the spectrum is the subterranean spa, which felt like an otherworldly getaway with its stunning relaxation pool and European geothermal heat experiences. Of course, it has a full menu of facilities and treatments, including a food menu, a steam room, a sauna, and a Vital Fitness Studio. However, what we absolutely loved and appreciated was the personalized Taschen Library of art books.
You won’t be disappointed with the food scene either; in fact, that’s far from it. The main Italian restaurant Sassetta boasts Tuscan-inspired décor, while the modern Texan brasserie CBD Provisions serves delectable local fare. There’s even a third-wave coffee shop, the Weekend (yes, like the singer), but you’ll love the Midnight Ramble Bar with its music and inventive late-night drinks.
Did you know that the hotel even has a fleet of cars that takes guests anywhere within a close radius? Yep.
Rooms and suites follow the same bejeweled and opulent ethos, with frosted glass, pendant lights, and disco metallic surfaces. In fact, every room has HDTVs, 300-count Sferra sheets, and even a selection of books from the Taschen library. Did you know that the hotel has not one but four penthouses? Yes! The Joule Penthouse sits at the apex, costing a cool USD 8,000/night.
The Joule is also considered one of the best boutique hotels in Dallas, Texas.
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The Omni Dallas
If you think the Omni Dallas Hotel is only for business and convention travelers, think again. This downtown Dallas behemoth has more than 1,000 rooms and suites, and most of the major city attractions are a short walk away.
Despite being a hotel centered around business travelers, the Omni is not for business travelers but for practically every kind of traveler. After an intense day of shopping and sightseeing, the heated outdoor infinity pool beckons, located halfway up the hotel’s structure. The Uptown Terrace pool bar that sat right next to it was perfect as you could lie on the loungers and enjoy drinks straight from the bar. Plus, with stunning views of downtown, what could anyone possibly have to complain about? Later on, you shouldn’t miss a healthy dose of pampering that they dish out at the Mokara Salon and Spa. Come evening, flag off your revelries at the Lobby Lounge with some bites and signature cocktails. Finally, you can also grab a good cup of joe at Morsel’s, the hotel’s coffee shop.
That’s not all, though. Aside from the bar, the cafe, and the pool bar, the Omni has seven other restaurants on the property! That’s not a surprise, given that the hotel is a downtown dining destination in its own right and features some solid Dallas restaurants. Our personal picks include Black Ship Little Katana for sushi and Bob’s Steak and Chop House for delicious steaks. Even Pegasus is a fantastic solid option for munching on comfort pizzas paired well with red wine.
The Omni looks far from a business hotel when it comes to its luxurious rooms and suites, which boast warm hues and amazing views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Despite suites here costing lower than many of its peers in the same category, the higher-end hospitality suites are, well, big-ticket, to say the least. Its best and largest room, the Two-bedroom Hospitality Suite, costs a whopping USD 10,000/night! The 1,770 sq. ft. huge space not only has panoramic views from everywhere but also has luxe touches like high-end beds, marble bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and even an in-built entertainment center.
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Thompson Dallas, part of Hyatt
A long, narrow, but imposing lobby lined with bookshelves filled with nearly overflowing floral arrangements, pedestals, and ceramic and glass objects – that’s your introduction to the Thompson Dallas. With lots of lobby seating, it’s not a space where you can simply leave in a while; it makes you want to stay. This five-star Hyatt hotel couldn’t have asked for a better position. It sits right in the Main Street District, so practically every important sight and attraction in Dallas is within a stone’s throw.
Some backstory: The National, where the hotel sits, was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi. What’s more, it’s the very first Thompson outpost in Texas and takes up almost half the building’s space. While much of the structure – especially the lobby – has a distinctly modern feel, much of the original touches, like the travertine walls on the ninth floor, were restored.
When it comes to eating at the Thompson, you’re practically flush with choice. The restaurant bar Catbird, in particular, is loved by not just overnight guests but also locals who aren’t spending the night. The dimly lit vibe, plush seating, and leather booths give off the feeling of an exclusive social club. Meanwhile, the verdure-covered pergola on the expansive terrace is all about a tropical vibe and cocktails high in the sky in Dallas. P.S.: Keep your phone camera ready to ramp up your Instagram feed. The earlier part of the day is reserved for Nine, which serves delicious and comfort food-esque breakfast and lunch staples.
Since it sits in the National, the two 49th-floor restaurants, not far from the Thompson penthouses, will definitely interest you. We’re talking about the Monarch and Kessaku, both helmed by Michelin-star Chef Danny Grant. While Kessaku is for sake and sushi lovers, Monarch is all about steaks cooked in wood-fired grills.
There’s a lot to do here besides just food, like the fabulous outdoor rooftop pool, which is lined with daybeds and cabanas – and a pool bar! Of course, there’s enough been said about the views, but let’s say it anyway – the views from the rooftop pool, complete with a hot tub/jacuzzi to the side, are fabulous.
When it comes to the rooms, you can expect oodles of space, the latest in tech and mod-cons, and whatnot. However, suite dreams are made of this – the Penthouse Suites at the Thompson, that is. The North and South Penthouse Suites are 2,000+ sq. ft. of pure luxury that will cost you a whopping USD 10,000/night. But get this – these 49th-floor penthouses are the highest penthouses in not just Dallas but the entire state of Texas!
In Penthouse 4903, there’s an indulgent soaking tub overlooking downtown Dallas, but both suites have living rooms with gas fireplaces, eight-seater dining tables, and smart steam showers with sound systems and RGB lights. Access to curated culinary experiences, in-room spa treatments, and an art collection that belongs in a museum – they’re definitely worth it.
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Where do celebrities stay when they come to Dallas?
Hotel Crescent Court boasts 186 rooms and 40 lavish suites that represent gracious Texas hospitality. So, of course, it’s a natural choice for the rich and famous, having hosted living legends like Cher, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, and more.
Where are Dallas’ most expensive hotels located?
Uptown probably has most of the city’s expensive hotels, including the likes of Hotels ZaZa, Crescent Court, and the Omni.
What hotel did the Queen stay at in Dallas?
That would be the Adolphus, which has also hosted Prince Philip and multiple former US presidents from Warren Harding to George Bush.