The Big D didn't used to be so big. In fact, before all the skyscrapers popped up, the Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa was the tallest building west of the Mississippi and home to the city's first penthouse (decorated by the renowned interior designer Dorothy Draper, naturally). Built in 1923 on the corner of Maple Avenue and Wolf Street, this Art Deco structure recently underwent a $36 million renovation, keeping its historic bones while adding modern boutique-style hotel amenities.
"The accommodations feel grand in scale, are decorated in a palette of either coral red with charcoal or teal with cinnamon, and feature high ceilings, commissioned Texas artwork, and full-body tubs with Baronessa Cali Oliva bath products—perfect for soaking after a day of shopping in the hip Uptown area," says Concierge.com.
Escape for one night to a posh, spacious Studio Suite ($179), complete with a king-size bed, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a seating area with a sleeper sofa, and views of the Dallas skyline or tree-lined Turtle Creek. Need a longer trip? Combine vouchers to stay for up to two nights.
Start unwinding downstairs at the spa, arriving before your appointment for a stint in the relaxation rooms, which boast whirlpools and dry saunas. Use your included $40 spa credit toward an Ice Cream Manicure (yes, eating ice cream is included) or choose one of the massages, facials, or unique body therapies—such as the Quench Cocoon Wrap or Cornmeal and Chamomile Body Scrub—from the expansive menu of services. After an Urban Detox Facial, your glowing complexion will urge you to pick up some of the Sonya Dakar products used during the treatment.
Feeling refreshed, you'll be ready to hit the town. And your location couldn't be better.
"Located northeast of downtown and promoted as 'Uptown,' McKinney Avenue, Knox-Henderson, and the emerging Victory Park are destinations for chic restaurants, shopping meccas, and in places to live, says Frommer's. "Some of the hottest shopping and nightlife options are in West Village in Uptown."
T/X Restaurant, the hotel's upscale-yet-casual eatery, whips up innovative Southwest Texas-inspired cuisine—you'll find hearty chorizo and egg tacos at breakfast; sandwiches and refreshing seasonal dishes, such as the chilled watermelon soup with lemon fennel crab salad, at lunch; and robust dishes like the signature Smoked Brisket Chile Relleno on the dinner menu.
Work it off at the fitness center or along the Katy Trail; then, shop or museum-hop to your heart's content. Highland Park Village is chockfull of luxury designer stores and Neiman Marcus and Barney's are the anchor department stores at NorthPark Center.
Later, take the trolley up McKinney Avenue (it's quirky and free) and hop off at Uptown's avant-garde art galleries. For more of a culture fix, stop by the Nasher Sculpture Center and The Sixth Floor Museum. In the Big D, the itinerary possibilities are almost endless. And while the Stoneleigh may no longer be the city's tallest building, you'll definitely be living large.
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Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa
A One-Night Stay for Two in a Studio Suite, $40 Spa Credit and 15% Discount on Spa Products, and Valet Parking
- from $179