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.
Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Hotel Indigo feels more like a beach hotel than a hotel located on Main Street in Downtown Dallas. Spacious rooms are decorated with bright yellows, nautical stripes, and large floor-to-ceiling photographs of mussels or flowers, all of which adds to the hotel's boutique charm. Most feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The beach-chic decor is also present in the bright lobby and Phi Restaurant.
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 330-room boutique is a 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.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 292-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown is the ordinary business suit of the hotel world. Almost everything about the property feels unremarkable, from the clean but boring pool to the sophisticated yet sleepy lobby. While the generic hotel chain decor doesn't hurt the appearance of the rooms, it doesn't help either. But cleanliness and ample space help make up for the run-of-the-mill look, as does the hotel's prime location in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The one boredom-redeeming trait for some, perhaps, is the hotel's restaurant, Thrive -- a chic, modern space, serving upscale New American cuisine, that doubles as one of the area's most popular nightclubs later in the evening.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Dallas Central - Market Center Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Chances are if you're considering the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas Central - Market Center, you're not looking for much more than an affordable place to sleep -- and there's nothing wrong with that. The rooms are clean and in good condition, the beds are comfortable, and there's a free buffet breakfast -- standard in all Holiday Inn Express hotels. The main downfall is the hotel's location -- downtown Dallas and all area attractions and restaurants are a drive away. If you're here for the Market Center, this is a great budget option. But if you're a business traveler less concerned with value and want to be closer to the action, you might want to stay closer to the downtown area.