Where to Stay in Dallas: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
Several of the top tourist attractions in Dallas are located within the relatively compact downtown area, making this an ideal place to stay if sightseeing is your main focus. On the northern edge of downtown, the Victory Park neighborhood leads into uptown, both of which are lovely areas to stay while still within walking distance of many tourist sites. Beyond here, North Dallas and Turtle Creek have accommodation options for those who want to stay outside the city center while remaining close enough for sightseeing via car or public transportation. The Market Center area sits just north of downtown and is best known for its many large hospitals, most notably the Parkland Medical Center. This is a good area to find dependable yet affordable hotels.
Where to Stay for Luxury
In the heart of downtown, between Pioneer Plaza and Reunion Tower, the Omni Dallas Hotel has large rooms and suites that will meet even the most discerning expectations. Common areas are modern and elegant and feature upscale touches, like fireplaces and live music in the lobby on weekends. Rooms have hi-tech amenities including in-mirror TVs in the bathroom and USB charging stations. Both the Omni and the The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas offer day spa services, large fitness centers, multiple fine-dining options, hot tubs, and lovely rooftop pools with comfortable sun decks. Rooms are equally well-appointed at the Ritz and are known for their large windows that overlook downtown and the Victory Park neighborhood. Near the junction of the two districts, the hotel is close to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as the Perot Museum. For those who do not wish to make the 10- to 15-minute walk downtown, a complimentary car service will take guests to any destination within a three-mile radius in ultimate Rolls Royce style.
Slightly more affordable but equally impressive, Hotel ZaZa Dallas resides nearby, closer to uptown, just off McKinney Avenue and close to multiple trolley stops and excellent restaurants, and offers a shuttle service to downtown attractions. The ZaZa offers day spa services, meeting facilities, and a gorgeous pool area with a fountain and plentiful cushioned seating, among other top-notch amenities. The most remarkable feature of the ZaZa, however, is its concept suites, each individually decorated with care to create a unique experience. "Bungalow" suites, with a large kitchenette, are available for those who plan to stay in Dallas for more than a few nights.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Downtown Dallas has several excellent mid-range options that provide an ideal combination of quality, service, and location. In an ideal central spot close to Pioneer Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum, and the Holocaust Museum, the Magnolia Dallas Downtown offers great value with complimentary breakfasts, kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, self-serve laundry, and a free shuttle to the city's top tourist attractions. Even standard rooms are spacious and well-appointed and have generous closet space. For a special treat, there is a free "milk and cookie bar" in the lobby each evening. This hotel and the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown are also within a few minutes' walk of what is arguably the city's oddest attraction - a giant sculpture of an eyeball. Rooms at the Hampton are clean and modern and include Wi-Fi; breakfast; shuttle bus service; and use of the 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and guest laundry room.
The Sheraton Dallas is close to downtown's Arts District, which is home to the Dallas Museum of Art and Cathedral Guadalupe and sits between the DART transfer center and Plaza of the Americas shopping center. Rooms in this urban high-rise have excellent views and provide a safe, coffee maker, and ample storage space. Hotel amenities include a heated rooftop pool, fitness center, self-serve laundry, and free Wi-Fi, plus a remarkably attentive service team.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Adjacent to Victory Park in the "Design District" at the southern end of the Market Center neighborhood, Days Inn Market Center Dallas is still a reasonable distance to downtown attractions and is near the popular Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. It offers free parking and breakfast, and tastefully decorated rooms include a coffee maker, microwave, and mini-fridge.
Although the Home2 Suites by Hilton Dallas North Park is located in the outskirts of town in North Dallas, it has a lot to offer for those who are willing to drive or ride into the city center. In addition to complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast, all studios and suites include a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel also has a fitness center and guest laundry, as well as an outdoor pool.
Located north of the medical centers just off 35E, Comfort Inn & Suites Market Center offers basic rooms that also include breakfast and parking, as well as Wi-Fi. Family rooms are also available.
Where to Stay for Families
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Downtown could not be more centrally located in downtown Dallas, just a few blocks from the Holocaust Museum, Dealey Plaza, and Pioneer Plaza. This all-suite hotel gives you top value for your money, featuring kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators, complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, and a shuttle bus to top tourist attractions. If this were not enough, hotel amenities include a home theater, video games, half-court basketball, a golf simulator, and a billiards room to keep the entire family entertained.
Outside of the urban bustle, the Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa offers more than great meeting space - it hosts children's activities and has recreation facilities, including a tennis court, outdoor heated pool, spa, and beautiful grounds with a fountain-centered pond. The fitness center is immense and includes a full basketball court and small indoor track. Breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking are included in the room rates.
Where to Stay for Romance
Best known for the bizarre art installation sitting on its front lawn, a 30-foot eyeball, the neo-Gothic landmark The Joule, Dallas is popular with couples and celebrities for its impressive architecture and ever-expanding art collection that includes work by Andy Warhol and Tony Cragg. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown near Pioneer Park, Dealey Plaza, and the aquarium. Couples will have a hard time deciding if they want to visit the attractions or stay on-site to enjoy the spa services, lounge at the pool, or order room service while relaxing in the beautifully decorated rooms.
For an extravagant but truly memorable romantic experience, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has it all from the moment you arrive at the picturesque entrance. Offering every five-star amenity you could want, including a day spa and outdoor pool with stunning grounds, the hotel's ambience is heightened by its grand promenade, Mansion Terrace, and an elegantly rustic restaurant. Located in Turtle Creek, this is a perfect getaway for seclusion-seekers who want convenient access to the city's downtown attractions.