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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Let me start off by saying the staff here are extremely friendly, nothing but nice things to say about each and every one of them that we interacted with. Of special note was Andrew at the Concierge desk who gave an excellent historical tour and gave us a better appreciation of the history, charm, and character of the hotel.
Unfortunately, the rooms are not what I have come to expect from a higher end Marriott property. While vacationing with my wife and infant daughter, I used Suite Night Awards and was upgraded to an "Executive Suite, 2 King." We had high expectations for the room that were left unmet. While the room is nicely decorated, we'd consider it a fairly standard hotel room with a second king size bed and a loveseat tucked into the corner. Other Marriott properties I've stayed at offer what I would consider a true suite, which has a separate sitting room distinct from the bedroom as well as a second TV. This would've been much appreciated when traveling with our infant who has an earlier bedtime than my wife and I.
As long as you temper your expectations of a "suite" the hotel is a great option.
Lovely hotel, stayed two nights in September as I went to Dallas to see the Yankees play against the Rangers, half an hour, $20 Uber ride from the stadium in Arlington (in case anyone is interested in doing the same) Service was good, breakfast is pricey and I was not impressed, looks like they used fake eggs, omelette was a horror. Elevators are small and slow. Room was lovely. Nice bar in the lobby, Not much to see in the immediate area surrounding the hotel.
Top-notch service from Luke H., Lauren B., and Emily D. throughout the stay as well as the wonderful front desk staff. Only my second time staying at the hotel, the front desk remembered my name and was thoroughly helpful and kind throughout my stay. The service was fantastic and the hotel itself is absolutely beautiful. The rooms were clean and quiet. The bed was comfortable. This hotel is perfect for business travel and pleasure travel alike. I will be staying here for every future trip to Dallas.