Restored 1920s Hotel in Dallas Arts District
Touted as the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1923, Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa underwent a $36 million renovation in 2008 to revitalize its Roaring Twenties splendor. The hotel’s 11 terra-cotta- and brick-ornamented stories have played host to everyone from Frank Lloyd Wright and Judy Garland to Tom Cruise and Simon Cowell. Today, 170 sumptuous rooms and suites decorated in art deco style look out on the streets of Dallas’s bustling Uptown neighborhood.
The spacious studio suite features separate living and sleeping areas divided by a double-sided dresser with a flat-screen TV console that you can swivel to face either room. The open floor plan is complemented by an updated take on Jazz Age style, with sleek mahogany furniture, a teal-and-chocolate color scheme, and a bookshelf stocked with Zelda Fitzgerald fan fiction.
In the morning, you can either order your included breakfast via room service or head down to the onsite restaurant, Bolla, where a wall of latticed windows illuminates offerings such as chorizo-and-egg tacos and a smoked-salmon scramble dappled with crème fraiche. Later in the day, you can enjoy a reflexology treatment, massage, or detoxifying facial at the hotel's acclaimed holistic spa.
Dallas, Texas: A Haven for Arts, Culture, and Outdoor Recreation
Located less than 3 miles from downtown Dallas, the burgeoning Uptown neighborhood is studded with museums, private galleries, antique shops, and parks. A trek through the neighborhood leads you past renowned cultural institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center as well as free, tucked-away gems such as the Trammell and The Crow Collection of Asian Art and the figurine-filled American Museum of the Miniature Arts.
After a visit to the newly developed Victory Park District, head to the sunny patios of casual restaurants and bars along the brick sidewalks of the West End Historic District to satisfy even the most rigorous people-watching quotas. Just blocks from the hotel, joggers and bikers wend their way through Uptown's Turtle Creek neighborhood via the Katy Trail, which shadows a venerable interstate railroad given to grumbling tales of its first electric locomotive.