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
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
I was so disappointed in our weekend stay at The Lumen. I had always hoped to stay here as I am in love with Kimpton properties and the top notch customer service they provide. I suspected immediately after checking in that this was no longer a Kimpton hotel...and they definitely are not. The property is definitely showing wear and tear. The walls are paper this-we heard our neighbor's conversations and barking dogs. Although the service was okay-it wasn't overly impressive. I would not recommend this hotel for the price unless I really needed to be right across from SMU. There are many nicer hotels in Dallas for less money.
As the founder of an animal shelter and a dog rescue. I love the dog themed decor in this hotel. I also love that there are no restrictions! Dog-love comes in all breeds and weights! Y’all rock! There are dog water bowls as soon as you pull up to park. I hated myself for not bringing my dogs with me- I will be back again with my pups next time for sure!! Our room was clean and stayed extra cold at night. They left some awesome jalapeño cream cheese and bread in my room as well! Thank y’all!
Hotel is starting to show signs of age. Stayed in their best suite. Lots of issues with the room. Lights not functional, water damaged furniture and the best was a broken bathroom handle on the door so they used a nail to keep the door from recessing into the wall. The pool has missing tiles all over the place. Not the hotel it used to be when Kimpton owned it.
I came to The Lumen for a girls day at the pool. They offer a really good special for pool access & I could not be happier. Juanita at the front was very welcoming, patient and helped me get checked in & gave me all the info I needed. The pool itself was quaint but exactly the laid back atmosphere I was searching for. Some of the hotel pools in Dallas try to be mini Las Vegas/Miami vibes & I just wanted a chill place to sun by the pool in good company. They do have poolside service which was a huge plus. Taylor was absolutely amazing!!! He was so friendly, fun, and gave some of the best customer service I’ve had in a very long time. The froze machine was broken and Taylor made a special lil cocktail to accommodate🍹.... so although I did not stay in the rooms of the hotel; I did have a great experience here & a round of “THE TAYLOR” for everyone!!!
I spent over an hour calling hotels in Dallas that said they were "dog friendly" but had weight/size restrictions. I was so frustrated because my large dogs are so kind and friendly. The Lumen is truly dog friendly and does not have weight restrictions! Upon arrival to the hotel, the valet personnel were so incredibly helpful with all my luggage since I was also walking 2 large dogs. The front desk service was outstanding! He was so kind and gave my sweet dogs some treats and dog toilet bags. My husband and I are so impressed by the service, kindness and helpfulness of every single employee. We especially loved that The Lumen does not charge additional fees for our dogs. Being a military family without human children, our dogs are a huge part of our life. We will always recommend the hotel and of course return to this hotel the next time we're in Dallas. They loved our dogs and treates them the way family members should be treated.