For the Stylish
THE JOULE DALLAS
Vibe: Downtown chic
Who goes there: Pretty people in pretty clothes who shop
Indulgences: At The Joule, Audi house cars wait to take you anywhere you’d like within a 5-mile radius. Enjoy house-made truffles and ESPA in-room amenities.
What to do around the hotel: The hotel has a museum-quality art collection, eight fashion and design retailers, and a heated cantilevered glass rooftop pool. You can stay in and enjoy those, or go out and explore the flagship Neiman Marcus (1618 Main St., 214-741-6911), or take a stroll to the Arts District and catch a show at the Winspear Opera House (2403 Flora St., 214-880-0202) or Wyly Theatre (2400 Flora St., 214-880-0202).
Best room: The 2,312-square-foot, Adam Tihany-designed loft penthouse with floating glass staircase and 600-square-foot private roof terrace
Price range: $299 to $10,000
Dining options: Check out CBD Provisions. The industrial chic decor is instantly welcoming, and the chili and cornbread will warm your evening. For a morning boost, try Weekend Coffee.
History of the hotel: The only gothic skyscraper in downtown Dallas, The Joule was originally designed as the National Bank building in 1927. The hotel is named after the international unit of energy. Throughout the lobby and down the hallways, The Joule features artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol, Los Carpinteros, Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss, and Richard Phillips.
Did you know? Walk down the Mosaic Corridor, which connects the two towers of the hotel, and notice the beautiful mosaics to your left and right. Created by California artist Millard Sheets, they were salvaged from the Mercantile Bank building when it was being renovated.
For the Socialite
HOTEL ZAZA DALLAS
Vibe: Quirky, offbeat, and an ideal spot for people watching
Who stays: Those who like to see and be seen
Indulgences: Hotel ZaZa owner Charlie Givens’ interests have influenced the decor of his hotel. Check out the bungalows, which opened last year in a renovated 1930s house. Rent Bungalow 8, the two-story space, and host a dinner party. Chef Dan Landsberg will walk your guests through the menu and give them hands-on lessons. Or order up a Blowout Butler. The stylist will do hair and makeup and ensure you’re looking your best.
What to do around the hotel: You’re in the middle of Uptown, so your options are endless. Hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley, get a drink at 6th Street (3005 Routh St., 214-965-0962), nosh on gnocchi at Belly & Trumpet (3407 McKinney Ave., 214-855-5551), and end the evening with games at Kung Fu Saloon (2911 Routh St., 214-730-0283).
Best room: The Rock Star Suite or Bungalow Suite Number 8
Price range: $315 to $3,500
Dining options: The Dragonfly offers a New American menu, but the best part is the smartphone check. Ask and you’ll be presented with a vintage cigar box to place your phones in. They’ll stay there for the night, and you will be distraction-free.
History of the hotel: Charlie Givens opened ZaZa Dallas in 2003. The hotel then expanded to the bungalows, and since, Givens has opened a ZaZa in Houston and is working on one in Austin.
Did you know? Something you won’t find on the hotel’s website is The Residence. Unless you’re a celebrity, you probably won’t see inside, though you’ve undoubtedly seen its roof deck. It’s home to the purple tree.