Boutique hotels are increasingly defined less by their size and more by their character and creativity. The best boutique hotels in Dallas range from historic high-rises to intimate inns, but they share a common commitment to unique style and personality.
Cool Boutique Hotels in Dallas
The buzziest boutique hotels in Dallas offer anything but a cookie-cutter experience.
The Joule’s sister property started out as a 1960s motel, but the vibe is much more modern these days. The 93 rooms—many of which have balconies overlooking SMU’s campus—boast sleek gray, black, and metallic color schemes. Private cabanas flank the outdoor heated pool in the warmer months, while the Front Room Tavern is a popular spot for comfort food and craft cocktails. Exploring Big D couldn’t be easier; the hotel even has complimentary bikes on hand.
Amenities: Pool, fitness center, restaurant, event space, concierge, business center, free downtown shuttle, and Malin + Goetz spa products. (Pet-friendly.)
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This curvy white Art Moderne building dates back to 1946, and the Belmont Hotel’s 64 rooms and suites sport charming vintage details. The more remote Oak Cliff location is perfect for guests who crave a chill atmosphere and some outdoor space, all while still enjoying poolside views of the city skyline. The hotel also hosts indie music performances and has local art in the Lobby Bar, best enjoyed with BBQ from the neighboring Smoke restaurant.
Amenities: On-site restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, valet parking, Lather products, and fitness center. (Pet-friendly.)
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Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
The Stoneleigh’s Uptown address offers easy access to countless city attractions, and it’s impossible to not be charmed by its 1920s art deco design of this boutique hotel in Dallas. The 176 rooms are comfortable and chic, with classic details like trellis-print wallpaper and marble bathroom floors. Tear into a steak at Graze Restaurant and Bar, or sit back as you take in glorious views of the city skyline from one of the outdoor lounges.
Amenities: Outdoor pool, fitness center, valet parking, business center, concierge, restaurant and bar, and 42” flat-screen TVs. (Pet-friendly.)
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NYLO Dallas South Side
This building may date back to 1919, but its vibe at this boutique hotel in Dallas is undeniably young and fun thanks to 76 clean and colorful loft-style rooms, an industrial-chic design, and rates that won’t break the bank. One of three NYLO locations in DFW, the boutique hotel’s big draw is its rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city below.
Amenities: Rooftop infinity pool, rain showers, concierge, on-site restaurant and rooftop bar, free shuttle service, and weekend valet parking. (Pet-friendly.)
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The Highland Dallas
It’s easy to feel like a high-roller here. Originally opened in the ‘60s, the Hilton-owned Dallas boutique hotel has a retro charm but all the modern amenities one could possibly want. The 198 guest rooms sport fun printed carpet and furnishings, while the nine spacious suite options include an allergy-friendly space with a Japanese soaking tub. Book a massage at a poolside cabana, and take comfort knowing that one of the best steakhouses in Dallas, John Tesar’s Knife, is just an elevator ride away.
Amenities: Diptyque products, flat-screen TVs/DVD players, iPod docking stations, heated infinity pool, salon, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.
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Built in 1924, Warwick Melrose partners Southern hospitality with a touch of European opulence. This landmark building houses 184 guest rooms, 21 suites, and a palatial Presidential Suite, all of which are decorated in rich, sumptuous fabrics in regal bronze and rust palettes. The surrounding Oak Lawn, Uptown, and Turtle Creek neighborhoods offer countless shopping and dining opportunities, but nobody will blame you if you opt to stay at this Dallas boutique hotel for dinner at The Landmark followed by live music and cocktails at The Library.
Amenities: Fitness center, 24-hour room service, iPod docking stations, valet parking, on-site restaurants and bars, nightly live entertainment, and meeting and event space.
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Hotel St. Germain
The Big Easy lives in Big D at this genteel New Orleans-inspired Dallas boutique hotel. The seven suites of Hotel St. Germain epitomize French Quarter elegance, with canopy beds, antique pieces, and opulent decorative touches. The 19th-century-style townhouse contains two parlors and a grand dining room, while a courtyard filled with lush greenery looks like it came straight from the Garden District.
Amenities: Butler service, 24-hour concierge, valet parking, on-site restaurant, and Jacuzzi tubs.
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When it first opened in 1956, this 19-story landmark building was famous for being the first hotel to have elevator music. A major multimillion-dollar refurbishment has transformed the Hilton-owned property into a hip entertainment hub and one of the best boutique hotels in Dallas. Marvel over the midcentury details in your Rat Pack-chic room, but don’t spend all your time there—with the hotel’s rooftop pool, bowling alley, and speakeasy, there’s simply too much else to do.
Amenities: Rainfall showers, rooftop pool, retail space, fitness center, games, Smart HDTVs, pet services, convention space, and 24-hour room service from multiple in-house restaurants and bars.
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Standing tall at 29 stories topped by a giant neon Pegasus, the Beaux Arts-style Magnolia could hardly be accused of being small. Still, its boutique-style contemporary rooms and dazzling design details keep it from being just another standard conventioneer’s haunt. And what could be more charming than a free, home-baked cookie provided each night? A second Magnolia can be found near SMU.
Amenities: Fitness center, pet-friendly, valet parking, on-site restaurant and bar, and Lather products.
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Modern art enthusiasts will get a kick out of Lorenzo Hotel’s funky furnishings. Rooms are decked out with art murals, carpets bearing Shakespeare quotes, and custom headboards from local artist Michael Ledoux. There’s never a dull moment in this Dealey Plaza Dallas boutique hotel, where a pop art mural of Albert Einstein greets visitors to the outdoor pool and lounge area.
Amenities: Outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurants, and Keurig coffee makers.
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– Original reporting by Erin Donnelly