New Grandes Dames
SINCE DUCKS BEGAN BOBBING in the lobby fountain at The Peabody, the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar started twirling, and 15,000 rolls of Technicolor chintz wallpaper unfurled over the halls of The Greenbrier, the South’s hotels have encapsulated all the joyful, raucous, grand, and graceful traits that make our region’s brand of hospitality the gold standard.
Ushered in by properties like Austin’s Hotel San José and the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, a new gilded age of Southern hotels has brought restored high-rise relics, converted motor courts, and more. Inside, you will find sought-after restaurants and bars just an elevator ride away, intentional service, and details in the architecture and amenities that speak to a sense of place. No matter their size or style, they share a philosophy of checking guests in—not just to a room but to the local culture.
The Adolphus Hotel A Texas-size renovation for this Beaux Arts beauty created not one but three lobbies that merge modern pieces (like Richard Serra prints) with rustic fireplaces. Christine Visneau curates works by local designers in the hotel’s on-site shop, Commerce, and collaborated with heritage brand Stetson (headquartered nearby) on items such as The Renard, a hat sold exclusively at the store. “We want Commerce to show our visitors the designers who live in our city and how they weave into the history of the hotel and Dallas,” she says.
Lobbies Galore Sit a spell in one or all three of The Adolphus’ eclecticlounge spaces.
Instant Cafe Otto’s at The Adolphus serves brews by Oak CliffCoffee Roasters.
Sitting Pretty The Adolphus’ restored ballroom was originallybuilt in 1912.