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
I stayed here for 1 night on a business trip. The staff on the reception desk were very friendly without being overbearing. The room was big and spacious. It was clean and tidy and had an iron in the room (which is so important when travelling on business). Unfortunately, I did not get chance to try the hotel's breakfast as I had an early flight. Next time I'm in Dallas, I'll stay here.
This is one of the most elegant hotels in all of Dallas Texas. My wife and I visited it for our 20th wedding anniversary. The lobby has a warm, traditional charm that creates a very classy environment. A real pleasure to entertain customers or celebrate a special occasion. There is an executive lounge on the eighth floor and there are many restaurants within walking distance. It is also located in a very clean and safe part of Dallas. There is also a very nice lobby bar with excellent bartenders
Beautifully appointed, very comfortable, and updated rooms.
The Adolphus is classic, immaculate, and offers polite service. The location is convenient for shopping, restaurants, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
We also tried City Hall Bistro for brunch and enjoyed it very much!
By contrast to the old hotel in NYC I stayed in a week earlier (and reviewed) this is ALSO an old hotel HOWEVER it has been fully renovated by an impeccable design team and is run by a fantastic service oriented organization. From the doormen to those at the front desk to the restaurant / bar / coffee bar, everything was at LEAST a 5. I stayed 2 nights. My room was not ready as I arrived before noon, so I went to the hotel's restaurant, "City Hall" and had a great breakfast. I worked on emails in a space above the lobby which I think is the "grand room" and it was such a nice energy and ambiance there. Tried the coffee in Otto - the coffee place off of the lobby - fantastic, and they serve healthy salads as well as nonfat yogurt / fruit as well as sandwiches so easy to grab and go. My room was upgraded (what can I say? I'm a Marriott frequent traveler) and it was so nice I stayed in and had room service that evening. I was there for an evening event the following day - and at that event, the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the Adolphus. Just remodeled in 2017 - you can't go wrong here. There are a lot of office buildings around - but I saw a few good restaurant choices outside of the hotel. It was so freaking hot outside while there I only left once for a restaurant and back.
We stayed at the Adolphus for 2 nights during a short trip to Dallas. We greatly enjoyed the hotel's location, in a very walkable part of town. The rooms are nice, not exceptional but really nice, as well as the bathrooms. The hotel has a pretty swimming pool that was unfortunately overcrowded when we went. A special mention for the customer service that went totally out of his way to send me back in Seattle a phone charger I had forgotten: each time I use it I now think about the Adolphus.