Several stays over several decades provide a glimpse of the Melrose’s rooms of different sizes. Spacious in many ways describes them best, not a surprise given that this dowager among Dallas hotels was an apartment building or an early version of an extended-stay at various times in its 89 years. Many of the rooms have foyers, large closets and nooks that once functioned as mini-kitchens, and all of them have high ceilings making even the smallest seem roomy.
On our most recent stay, we had a 475-square-foot deluxe king that started with a large foyer, and, in the main part of the room, offered a nice-sized desk with two chairs, a 37-inch flat-screen TV with storage and a minibar underneath and ample natural light from the big windows. The bed, with its pillowtop mattress and its 300-threadcount sheets, added to the sense of elegance and comfort. The bathroom, with another window, was generous, with marble touches and new fixtures but an old-fashioned layout. It had a tub-shower combination and limited counter space, the only negative feature we can think of about the whole place.