Where to Stay in Dallas: Best Areas & Hotels

Written by Lura Seavey
Updated Nov 26, 2021
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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. The Turtle Creek area is another lovely neighborhood adjacent to the uptown arts district, known for its abundance of public parks and natural spaces.

The Market Center area sits just off to the northwest of downtown and is best known for its many large hospitals, most notably the Parkland Medical Center. In addition to several dependable yet affordable hotels, this neighborhood is convenient to the Dallas Antique District and numerous galleries.

North Dallas, which is a 20-minute drive to downtown, has good accommodation options for those who want to stay outside the city center while remaining close enough for sightseeing via car or public transportation.

Where to Stay in Dallas for Luxury

Dallas city view
Dallas city view

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas offers day spa services, a large fitness center, multiple fine-dining options, hot tubs, and a lovely rooftop pool with a comfortable sun deck. Rooms are 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 just a few blocks from some of the city's most important cultural attractions, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, an opera house, and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 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.

Located on the southern edge of uptown, not far from Klyde Warren Park and the Perot Museum, Hotel Crescent Court is an elegant 5-star hotel with generous luxury amenities. The center of the hotel opens up into an oval central courtyard lined with two levels of balconies, and there are multiple restaurants on-site, including a healthy café at the large in-house spa.

The hotel also has an outdoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center; unlike many luxury hotels, it is pet-friendly as well. Guest rooms are spacious with incredibly high vaulted windows, featuring marble bathrooms with separate soaking tub and showers. Family rooms and suites are available, including two-floor suites with spiral staircases.

Slightly more affordable but equally impressive, Hotel ZaZa Dallas resides near Victory Park but closer to uptown, just off McKinney Avenue and close to multiple trolley stops and excellent restaurants. For added convenience, the hotel 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 in Dallas: Mid-Range

Downtown Dallas
Downtown Dallas

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.

Rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown are clean and modern, and lodgings include Wi-Fi, a generous full breakfast buffet, shuttle bus service, and use of the 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and guest laundry room.

Family rooms and allergy-free rooms are available, and all feature large picture windows that look out over the heart of downtown Dallas. It is close to the Majestic Theater and within walking distance of Dallas World Aquarium, and the hotel is just one block away from what is arguably the city's oddest attraction-a giant sculpture of an eyeball.

Another excellent mid-range hotel is the Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown, located in the uptown arts district, within walking distance of the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art and the Dallas Theater Center, and just a block from McKinney Avenue and the West Village Shopping Center.

In addition to the great location, this pet-friendly hotel offers private on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, and a lovely rooftop terrace, and there is a good restaurant as well, which serves meals all day and provides room service. Guest rooms are well-appointed, and suites feature private balconies and thoughtful extras including robes and slippers.

Where to Stay in Dallas on a Budget

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Adjacent to Victory Park in the "Design District" at the southern end of the Market Center neighborhood, Days Inn by Wyndham Market Center Dallas Love Field 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 and a shuttle service, 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. There are several restaurants within a reasonable walking distance, and it is very close to Harry Moss Park and the Royal Oaks Country Club, as well as a small specialty museum, Candytopia.

Located north of the medical centers just off 35E, Comfort Inn & Suites Love Field Dallas Market Center offers basic rooms that also include breakfast and parking, as well as Wi-Fi, airport transportation, and use of the fitness center and hot tub. Family rooms are also available, and the hotel allows dogs. The Market Center area is only about 15 minutes' drive to downtown Dallas, convenient to both the city and outlying attractions like the Frontiers of Flight Museum and the University of Dallas campus.

Where to Stay in Dallas for Families

Dealey Plaza
Dealey Plaza

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.

Located outside of the urban bustle in North Dallas, 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 in Dallas for Romance

Turtle Creek Park
Turtle Creek Park

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.

The Rosewood is located in the Turtle Creek area, known for its beautiful green spaces, including Turtle Creek Park, Dragon Park, and Lee Park, as well as Katy Trail. It is also very close to the uptown arts district, just minutes from the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art and several theaters.

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, featuring upscale touches like fireplaces and live music in the lobby on weekends, excellent on-site restaurants, as well as a full suite of spa services and a huge rooftop pool. Rooms have hi-tech amenities including in-mirror TVs in the bathroom and USB charging stations.

Located right downtown in the Main Street District, Thompson Dallas is another romantic choice. It is set in the bottom section of the newly renovated National Building, a 52-floor skyscraper that is also home to apartments and office space.

The hotel has 219 rooms and suites that are well-appointed, feature contemporary Texas style, and have modern art on the walls. Beds are comfy with quality linens, and the chaise lounge by the floor-to-ceiling windows is a relaxing perk. Suites are very spacious, and some come with stand-alone deep soaking tubs.

Couples will love the panoramic Dallas skyline views from the rooftop swimming pool, which includes chaise lounges and umbrellas. There is a boutique spa on-site with a full range of treatments, from couples' massages to facials and salon services. Other amenities include a fitness center, yoga classes, shops, and a restaurant. If you are traveling with your dog, the resort is pet friendly for an extra fee.

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