What We Love
- The large, year-round pool with cabanas and an outdoor fireplace
- Free bike rentals for exploring the area (get one with a basket to stow your shopping scores)
- Plush tiger-print terry robes and yoga mat in every room
- Daily wine tasting hour
What To Know
- Flimsy towels in otherwise sumptuous bathrooms
- Distracting TVs in bar area visible from restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Boutique mash-up of color, whimsy and modernism with New American fare and wine happy hours
1960s bachelor pad. From the outside the hotel resembles a nondescript office building, but inside the feel is something a hipster Hugh Hefner might cook up. The lobby is dominated by the shimmering pool, which lies just beyond the all-glass entryway, and two groovy sitting areas: one in tones of turquoise, orange and brown, the other a sunken square sofa near the front desk that pops with reds and golds. Throughout the interior are fanciful stainless steel sculptures — a bird in a saguaro cactus, a fat maître ’d — by local favorite Brad Oldham.
Bed and Bath
Upstairs, the decor is tamer. The rooms are heavy on white, with a muted grayish teal as the accent color on an oversize chair and the padded wall behind the low platform bed. The wide bathroom door folds open to a white-tiled space where the main attraction is a large glass shower with a fat rainfall showerhead.
At the hotel’s Front Room restaurant, chef Tim Bevins makes traditional dishes seem new by adding unexpected ingredients: fennel and artichoke together with blue crab; candied pecans with sweet potato ravioli; pickled chanterelles with roast chicken. For dessert, the cashew pot de crème topped with cashew brittle tastes like God’s gift to the sweet-toothed.
In the Area
The hotel is surrounded by leafy University Park, adjacent to the SMU campus and the George W. Bush Presidential Library. But those who are not here for scholarly pursuits will love exploring Snider Plaza, which is within walking or biking distance. Dig for treasure at Snider Plaza Antiques Shops or the fun, all-denim Blues Jean Bar. Refuel with a tabouli salad or Greek chicken pita at Zoe’s Kitchen. A bit farther away and a few notches up the chic scale is Highland Park Village, where top designer boutiques (Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford) mingle with shops with a more local sensibility, such as haute botanical boutique Avant Garden.
How to Get There
Stayed here over the weekend for SMU homecoming. Having stayed here before, I was appalled to find out I was charged $500 per night (two night minimum) night for a room with a view of a very nice white wall. Room had no coffee and no turn down service at this price? Staff was pleasant, especially John in the attached restaurant. This is consistent with previous reviews on price. This time, price gouging for homecoming seems a great way to describe how we were treated. Next time, it sure won't be here.
I have stayed here a few times and absolutely loved the experienced. I stayed in a large room on these other occasions, however, this trip I stayed in a premier room for $379+ per night. Not sure what happen in 6 months, however, I was stunned at the changes. In comparison to other hotels at this price point I was extremely disappointed. Bare bones. No room service, sad coffee station in the lobby, beds were lofty and messy, ZERO room amenities, smell in the room was like unshampooed carpet, wifi was spotty and I had to call for it. Room service was late in the day (i had to call for it day one) and there was simply nothing to justify that price point. Better off at a generic "suits" type hotel. Staff has always been wonderful, however, the cost was way out touch. I will never stay here again.
The staff were lovely, the bed was comfortable -- but the hotel lacks many comfort hotel amenities ranging from body lotion in the bathroom to kleenex to a coffee/tea maker in the room. There is free coffee in the lobby in the morning.