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Suite Dreams at Hôtel Swexan

Experience the ultimate indulgence in one of eight suites in the heart of Dallas.

There is a lot to love about the new, 22-story modern architecture Hôtel Swexan, situated in Uptown Dallas’ Harwood District. With five independent hospitality concepts, a private social club, and an expansive rooftop pool with panoramic views of the Dallas skyline, Hôtel Swexan strikes the perfect fusion of its familial Swiss heritage with Texan hospitality and charm.

Shooting to the top of the list of things to love about Hôtel Swexan are its eight bespoke suites. Since the hotel’s opening, these suites have caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and musicians when they pass through Dallas or are in town for a concert, as well as those who are accustomed to—or want to become accustomed to—the ultimate in hotel luxury.

Each suite was designed by Melinda Clark, design director for HDF, Harwood International’s architecture and interior design firm, and her team. Suites exude an elevated residential feel and are uniquely designed so that no two experiences are alike. With so many options, guests can choose a different suite each time they stay for an all-new experience at every visit. The suites are located on the 18th and 19th floors of the hotel. “The entire hotel is meant to be an adventurous experience of discovery as you travel through the property, where at every turn, you find a surprise, suites included,” Clark says. “We took inspiration from the owner family’s travels throughout the world, with a subtle Texas inspiration mixed in.”

For instance, one suite boasts Japanese styling throughout and features an authentic samurai exhibit, and a truly Texas-inspired suite includes original artwork of Texas bluebonnets. Each space is timeless, layered, and unique, allowing guests a new discovery every time they stay at the hotel. Suites feature up to 1,500 square feet and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Dallas skyline. Some suites feature hand-selected antique fireplace mantles and bathrooms with dry saunas and two-person showers and tubs. “We aim to provide guests with a journey of unprecedented luxury, seamlessly blending the refined elegance of Swiss international style with the vibrant spirit of Texan character they haven’t encountered before,” says Jessica Young Reid, director of marketing and public relations for Harwood International.

Other perks of the suite life at Hôtel Swexan – the linens and robes are by Frette and guests can take advantage of the hotel’s in-room honor bar service, a European hotel concept with full-size bottles of wine and spirits.

Before you book your stay at Hôtel Swexan, you can learn about each suite’s design and amenities, so that you know which one to request upon booking. Here, Clark provides takes us on a tour of each to help make the decision.

East Parlour. Traditional in naming, a parlor is an area of a home used for relaxing or to entertain guests. East and west facing, at Swexan, the East Parlour is where the essence of Texas blends seamlessly into an exquisite luxury experience. “This Texas-inspired suite connects to another suite, the West Parlour, so you can book one or both, and they have the option of opening to one another. “

West Parlour. This suite is more modern and masculine in design, as compared to the East Parlour suite. “We used rich leathers and darker colors, such as rich browns, greys, and black accents. It is a great option for anyone traveling with a lot of people, such as guests who have multiple assistants or security.”

Grand Swexan is a blend of Texas soft, textured and rustic while also Swiss detailed and finely crafted. This is an embodiment of modern design that harmoniously blends rich, masculine tones with antique focal points, such as an antique fireplace mantle, resulting in a captivating Texas-meets-Swiss aesthetic. A dry sauna and two-person shower add to the suite’s luxury. “You can see the Swiss-inspired details in the furnishings that make it feel much like a residence, with accessories and artwork that showcase Swiss and Danish elements.”

Legacy. France is known for elegance, champagne, beauty, and fashion. It’s also where some of the earliest confirmed purpose-built structures were constructed. You can experience the allure of Paris in the Legacy suite, where French elegance reigns supreme. “This is a light, bright suite filled with lovely furniture with beautiful curves and light and airy woods. Anyone would feel comfortable here, and it would be a great option for a bridal party.”

Imperial. Traditional and fit for a ruler, this suite is intricately detailed, historical–think antique/vintage in style. It’s fit for a queen – regal, grand, and majestic. Evoking the essence of Morocco, this suite harmoniously melds traditional European furnishings with the tactile allure of natural woven materials, offering an exclusive residential ambiance. “This suite reflects a collector’s journey and feels like a traveler’s suite. A large window seat along a wall-to-wall window is a great place to curl up and read a book. There is a traditional Moroccan intent in the design with a four-poster bed, beautiful laser-cut natural stones, and ornate furniture that looks as if it was picked up along the way during world travels. It’s a warm, very layered suite.”

District. The most modern suite of the collection, the District has somewhat of an ultra-luxury yacht vibe. “High-gloss woods, and dark, dramatic accents give it a luxe, masculine feel throughout. It, too, features a hand-selected antique fireplace mantle. Every suite has a bar, but the one in the District is special and a built-in, focal point of the room with a chandelier made of whiskey bottles and decanters.”

Heritage. Here you’ll find a delicate blend of many design elements, perfect for multigenerational families. The floors feature brushed limestone accented by antique rugs in the bedroom and living area. The furniture and drapery are crafted from light, woven fabrics; solid natural stone tables; and warm woods—a perfect option for guests who prefer a serene, spa-like environment when they travel. If you like your suites to have a light, airy, and breezy vibe, this is the one. “Here you’ll find subtle tropical vibes with woven textures and natural materials. There is a 3D-carved limestone in the bathroom that resembles a palm leaf pattern—almost like a mural.”

Harwood. This luxe suite is a true depiction where the Harwood core and values of hospitality, museum, architecture, and interior design collide. The Harwood draws its Japanese influence from both the hotel’s architect, Kengo Kuma and Associates, and the Samurai art collection of the owners, Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. “We used walnut woods, natural Japanese blackened woods, and an incredible dining room table that is the focal element of the space. All artwork is Japanese in style and hand-selected from antique stores across the country. The Harwood also features a dry sauna and two-person tub in the bathroom. There are stunning views of the Dallas skyline throughout the suite, including the bathroom.”

While it may be tempting to stay in your suite to enjoy its many perks and the attentive service of the hotel staff, Hôtel Swexan offers plenty of reasons to explore the entire property as well– a rooftop outdoor swimming pool with 180-degree views and VIP cabanas, a private social club, fitness center, high tea programming, and close proximity to the Katy Trail are among them. Hôtel Swexan also offers 24-hour in-room dining and five world-class restaurants, including Babou’s + The Library at Babou’s, a hideaway entertainment lounge that is also open to the public, and Leonie on the 20th floor for guests only. Just like the suites, every floor of Hôtel Swexan is designed to be an immersive experience immediately as the elevator doors open, giving way to the romantic spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces with stunning views of the Dallas skyline. 

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