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
Charming, elegant, and down right amazing hotel. If you are in downtown Dallas, you must stay! The food was great the staff was extremely helpful, and the bed from very comfortable. One of the best hotels I have stayed at. Will definitely be back!
Great overall experience.
Hotel was beautiful (built in 1912) with tons of character and large rooms.
Also, one of the best-smelling I've ever stayed (made a very positive impression).
Bar areas were very cool and bartenders did an excellent job making drinks with style.
Elevators were cool with character but were very small, loud, and creaky. Somewhat concerning.
Lounge was large but minimal amenities and poor after hours service, e.g., coffee machine was broken and not much to drink or eat/snack.
Fitness center was OK but not great. Would love to see a general purpose lifting/cable machine added.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Location is convenient to many things downtown Dallas.
We had an important business retreat for ACME at the Adolphus to work with our partners to finalize some operating agreement. The hotel is dwarfed by neighboring new skyscrapers, but in terms of history and 18th century French architectural style it is head and shoulders above all other buildings.
The Adolphus is in many ways the “grand old lady” in downtown Dallas. Our team of senior executives were impressed with the style, the level of comfort and the spacious hotel guest rooms. The interior is extremely well designed with a combination of old and new age classic furniture that makes you feel at home in the numerous open spaces. For many reasons our Platinum and Gold members all stated that this was their best Marriott Experience. Somehow you feel like royalty and this makes sense as the guest list has been impressive since the hotel opened two years before World War I and was visited by the Queen Elizabeth and King of England.
In early 1911, making way for “skyscrapers” the hotel’s 20-story steel structure was the tallest, grandest building in Texas. Interesting fact, the hotel was finished at a cost of $1.5 million — the equivalent of about $60 million today. The view of this building coming down Commerce Street, takes one back to the golden age of La Belle Époque in France, and you are transported for a moment from Dallas to Paris”. As a French National I love it! In 1941, during the dark days after Pearl Harbor, a siren was placed atop the Adolphus to warn Dallas in the event of an air raid. In the throes of the 1944 presidential election, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Texas campaign headquarters was stationed on the hotel’s seventh floor.
The hotel has recently downsized to 422 bigger rooms, knocking down walls to give guests more space and everyone enjoyed the more spacious guest room! The service was overall good and attentive and everyone enjoyed the free generous breakfast for Mariott Gold and Platinum members. Certain luxury amenities like turndown services and free newspapers were not offered, but really not a big deal for us. Overall our team loved the place and we will be back. The Adolphus is a real historical gem with a luxurious appeal.
The Adolphus is a historic hotel so just keep that in mind. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our room, on the 19th floor, was spacious and very clean. The hotel's main restaurant is French and upscale. The only alternative eating areas are the coffee shop at the front of the hotel and a small, very plain restaurant for breakfast in my opinion. Keep in mind the historic nature of the hotel when taking the elevators; they are old. Also, be sure to check your room's view. We had to change rooms because of the awful view; literally a concrete wall. Also, I need to mention that the hotel is downtown so know that this means a busy narrow city street out front, lots of downtown traffic, construction, street people, etc. Know that downtown Dallas in this area is not an interesting walkable area. Concrete as far as the eye can see. Nice hotel, but there are probably other more interesting walkable locations to stay in Dallas.
The City Hall Bistro is quite good, with interesting dinner menu selections and attentive staff. Pedro our server was knowledgeable, welcoming, and professional; Gabriella the manager made certain that we were enjoying our meal and had a great deal of knowledge about the history of the wonderful hotel. Definitely stay here, and eat at the City Hall Bistro.