New Grandes Dames

Southern Living (USA) - - Travel & Culture -

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.

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