The Joule, A Luxury Collection Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Joule is one of the coolest -- and most luxurious -- hotels in Downtown Dallas. It's located in a historic building dating back to the 1920s, and its decor is a mix of old and new -- funky furniture and patterned rugs are juxtaposed against dark wood paneling and antique touches in the lobby (including two giant cogged wheels), and the hotel has an extensive art collection, including works by Andy Warhol. There is a popular lounge downstairs and the bathroom walls are made of frosted glass (though a curtain can be pulled across), so this hotel may not be the best pick for families, but all can enjoy the cantilevered pool which juts out over Main Street.
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. Big rooms come with high-tech amenities, but the slightly bland decor is unimpressive (especially for a hotel of this caliber), and there’s a fee for Internet access. The famous Japanese restaurant Nobu is located in the lobby, and the members-only Crescent Club offers stunning views.
The Adolphus Rating: 4.0 Pearls
One of Dallas' grand dames, the 422-room Adolphus features a large, elegant lobby and one of the city's finest restaurants, The French Room. Some find the opulent decor (crystal chandeliers, velvet furniture, dark wood paneling, heavy drapes) to be a bit stuffy, but the rooms are large and bright (if somewhat plain at times). The Adolphus was opened in 1912, and its convenient downtown location has made it a popular hotel choice throughout the years. Many celebrities have stayed there, too, including Queen Elizabeth and Donald Trump.
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.