4-Star Contemporary Hotel Close to Popular Mall
The aesthetic at Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria is sleek and modern. A glass-and-steel façade gives way to a lobby decorated with illuminated wall art and contemporary furnishings in bold colors. The name of the hotel is projected in pink lights onto the marble floor of the entryway, and glass elevators travel between the hotel's 11 stories. Furniture ranges from ergonomic chairs to leather sofas topped with vibrantly colored pillows. Even the room keys have style—they were designed by artists as part of the LM100 program, which grants hotel guests access to the nearby Martin Lawrence gallery and its collection of original paintings and Picasso prints.
The onsite restaurant, Palette, also maintains a creative environment. The executive chef puts innovative twists on classic comfort foods, devising dishes such as beef tenderloin seared in coffee and sugar and blackened-chicken sandwiches served with ancho mayonnaise and onion confit. You can grab a cocktail in the atrium lounge, which has plenty of tables and sofas for social gatherings.
During your stay, check out the nearby Galleria Dallas, where you can use your VIP privilege card to shop at three levels' worth of stores and restaurants. The building even houses a year-round ice-skating rink on its lower level.
Dallas: Historical Parks and Rejuvenated Urban Districts in North Texas
Though some know Dallas only for the massive Cowboys Stadium (which is actually in Arlington), the city is also an enclave of arts and nature, overflowing with botanical gardens, art galleries, and live theater. Historical Main Street connects many of the city’s recently rejuvenated urban districts, as well as the popular Main Street Garden, a block-long public park surrounded by architecturally significant buildings. Locals come here to picnic on the expansive lawn or watch a movie under the moonlight in the summer and fall.
A short walk from downtown Dallas, you’ll find horse-drawn carriages clopping along brick streets in the city's historic West End district, which dates back to the 19th century. It was in this area of the city that President Kennedy was assassinated at Dealey Plaza in November 1963. At The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, you can visit the spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot at Kennedy’s motorcade.
Joggers and bikers can zip through the fashionable Turtle Creek neighborhood, located about 4 miles west of downtown, via the Katy Trail, which follows an old interstate railroad. Back near downtown Dallas, the 277-acre Fair Park is the location of North America's largest ferris wheel and seven museums and four performing-arts centers, many of which are art-deco buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.
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