Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek feels like a Tuscan villa -- the hotel is pink stucco, the roof is terra cotta, and beautiful fountains, tile mosaics, and trellis plants surround the pool. The property is lavish, with a grand lobby and large, upscale rooms with patios, and over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor events space.
Rosewood Crescent Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This elegant, 191-room hotel is housed in a beautiful historic building in hopping Uptown, close to art galleries and great nightlife. It has a lovely outdoor pool, a huge, impressive fitness center, and an acclaimed 22,000-square-foot day spa. The famous Japanese restaurant Nobu is located in the lobby, and the members-only Crescent Club offers stunning views.
The Highland Dallas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 198-room Kimpton property is a stylish pick in the affluent Park Cities area, across the highway from the Southern Methodist University. Spacious, contemporary rooms come with the standard high-tech amenities (flat-screen TVs, iPod docks), plus nice perks like Nintendos and free yoga equipment. One of the hotel’s top features is its lovely outdoor infinity pool, surrounded by lounge chairs and a couple of cabanas. The property also has an American restaurant with chic, modern design, and a bright, state-of-the-art fitness center.
Aloft Dallas Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Aloft Downtown Dallas is located in a historic building, and has a trendy, loft-inspired feel, with sleek, colorful rooms featuring large flat-screen TVs, exposed brick accents, and concrete ceilings. Rooms are on the smaller side (typical for a historic building) and the attempts to make the best use of space can be a bit odd -- in some rooms, the mini-fridge is located under the bathroom sink. Nonetheless, the hotel has become popular due to its outdoor pool, large industrial-chic lobby complete with a 24-hour snack bar, and overall value.
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 330-room boutique is breath of fresh air from the many generic hotel chains in Dallas. Though the building itself is located in an historic area of downtown (a major plus), the attractively designed rooms look and feel modern with clean bathrooms, iPod docks and comfortable beds. Even though the hotel is located within walking distance of plenty nightlife options, the on-site lounge holds its own. And the free milk-and-cookies reception every night is cute, homey touch.
Renaissance Dallas Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A popular choice for business travelers, the sophisticated 544-room Renaissance Dallas features fresh, contemporary decor throughout, and a popular modern restaurant that serves a farm-to-table menu. Guests may enjoy the large, updated rooms and the rooftop pool, and the hotel's location on the freeway grants easy driving access to Dallas -- though those who want to be in a walkable area may consider a downtown hotel instead.
Hilton Dallas Park Cities Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The mid-range 224-room Hilton is located on the northern edge of University Park, an affluent area along Dallas North Tollway. Clean, spacious (if slightly bland and dated) rooms come with flat-screen TVs, and bathrooms come with shower/tub combos and Peter Thomas Roth toiletries. Opio Restaurant serves upscale American cuisine in a Tuscan-inspired space with vaulted ceilings, and the pleasant fitness center has lots of natural light and modern machines. But there's no in-room Wi-Fi (just wired, for a fee), and the location is far from the downtown area.