The Adolphus, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Decorations with history—a Guggenheim-owned Steinway, museum-worthy tapestries—and Beaux-Arts architecture
- Pianist in the lobby
- Downtown location
- Memorable meals at the French Room
What To Know
- Don’t expect nightlife — the hotel attracts a civilized crowd
- Old-school aesthetic
- It's best to make a reservation for afternoon tea in the hotel's Lobby Living Room
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built by beer baron Adolphus Busch in 1912, Dallas’s Adolphus Hotel remains a favorite among distinguished visitors. The gilded beauty is full of Anheuser-Busch symbols: The eagles and hops leaves are icons of the Budweiser logo; the harnesses that suspend the lamp from the ceiling were used by the famed Clydesdales. But the chandelier isn’t the only piece with a fascinating history. Those tapestries? Woven in 1661, they’re two of six in the world — the other four live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That grand piano? It’s an 1893 Steinway once owned by the Guggenheims. A Louis XV grandfather clock stands next to the elevators; across from it, a Regency oak frame circles a huge mirror.
Bed & Bath
The Adolphus’s guestrooms range from 400-square-foot executive suites to sprawling two-bedrooms worthy of the queen (yes, she stayed here in 1991). Though they’re modern re-creations, the lamps and tables in the guest quarters mimic the lobby’s aristocratic aesthetic. Marble bathrooms have deep soak tubs and fluffy robes.
The hotel’s crown jewel, the French Room, has vaulted ceilings and walls covered with rococo murals. Well-heeled diners sup here on classic French cuisine underneath Murano glass chandeliers. Across the hall, sip a single malt by the black marble hearth, which is topped by an intricately carved mahogany mantel. Also be sure to linger over a graceful three-course English tea served daily from 3-5 pm.
In the Area
Refine your wardrobe down the street at Neiman Marcus’s flagship store. See works by Matisse, Picasso, and Giacometti at the Nasher Sculpture Center, a well-edited collection with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Dallas’s arts district garnered national attention with the opening of two impressive venues: the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater and the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. At Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck Dallas, you’ll find sushi and stunning skyline views, courtesy of a dining room floor that completes a 360-degree rotation once every hour.
How to Get There
This hotel has been updated and it is quite lovely. The lobby area is beautiful and the fireplaces are a nice touch. The rooms have been updated with marble tiled showers with the controls on the opposite wall. This is nice as you are getting hot water. The con issues though are as follows: we had to wait a long time for valet drop, only one person working, the baths do not have any fans, our room did not have any bathrobes or hotel booklet upon arriving. They did bring robes and slippers after our call. We also received someone else’s bill under our door. The attention to detail needs to be improved for an autograph hotel. Hope they do.
We came to the Adolphus with our kids for a Dallas weekend. It was our first time staying at this property and I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t be kid-friendly. I didn’t need to worry, though! Upon check in, the front desk staff had candy for the kids and champagne for the parents. The staff was pleasant, efficient, and helpful. We had dinner at the Bistro our first night and it was excellent. Otto’s for coffee and a light breakfast the next morning was also great. Bar service in the lobby was friendly and they had a wonderful variety for being a small bar. The hotel common areas are clean, lovely, and beautifully decorated. There is so much comfortable, inviting seating and it never felt too crowded, even though it was a busy weekend! The pool area is fantastic...the kids did try to swim as the pool is heated, but the water wasn’t quite warm enough for the weather. Instead, we just enjoyed the area for the comfortable lounging chairs in the sunshine. Our room (a 2 king executive suite) was roomy, well-kept, and felt luxurious. We didn’t have bathrobes upon arriving in our room, but the staff was quick to get them to us. Great location downtown and great building... we will definitely be back.
Really loved this hotel - the guest services, greeting, rooms, food - all top notch. Would have given our stay a 5 except that right outside the hotel the sidewalk has packs of people on motorized scooters going up and down the sidewalks on Commerce and Main practically running over pedestrians. It was kinda of scary to see people jump into the street to get out of the way as 4 scooter riders came barreling down the sidewalk.
I stayed at the Adolphus earlier this year in April 2018 for a business trip for 3 or 4 nights.
Upon arrival, I met up with my colleagues at the Bar at the Eastern end of the hotel block where we were able to chat, share a drink and catch up.
The wood finishes accented by modern conveniences, the courteous staff, the fireplace in the lobby, the comfortable bed, the HUGE bathroom... all get 5/5. The fitness centre is well equipped. There's a fashion boutique located on the ground level.
The unusually cold weather, as noted by the coordinators of my business trip, wasn't an issue for me as the rooftop pool was heated and provided a much-needed point of relaxation at the end of the day.
Lots of Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dining options in the area, and if you're not averse to walking, you'll find the JFK Memorial Plaza, the Holocaust Museum, souvenir shops, and what seemed to be a rare find, BEEF RIBS... 15mins heading West of the hotel.
My colleagues and I did some exploring in the area at night when it was considerably cooler/colder than in the day, and at no point in time did we feel unsafe.
My only concern at the Adolphus was the noisy/shaky elevators that service the hotel... We were in town just as there was a major Sports event in the area and I suppose some of the guests were participating in the event. Access to the elevators combined with the slow pace considerably delayed my check-out and had me a little rushed at the end of my experience as our transport to the airport was on time and waiting for me.
I must admit... this hotel looked and felt like it deserved to be in a museum, for all the right reasons! Imagine finding what I think you can call "Classic Luxury in Modernity" in the middle of the city.
To this day I'm thinking about finding an excuse to visit Dallas just to get the opportunity to take my wife to the Adolphus!
Convenient to downtown and restaurants, great food and drinks in the lobby bar. Quite beautiful lobby, old school woodwork and oil paintings. Service at the bar was great with unique cocktails. Loved the bedding - very crisp and neat.