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
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
The hotel is a little difficult to spot from the road and at night that can be a challenge.
I was able to do early check in to pick up my key but didn’t go to room. Headed to Plano for lunch & shopping. Elevator to 2nd part of hotel is awkward down dark hallway behind restaurant in a corner. No lighting—not good when traveling alone. Arrived back to hotel late and my bed was unmade like someone had been lying in it. I called front desk, they immediately sent a new key to a different room. Room was nicely decorated and clean. Staff was nice and attentive. Valet was $22.00 per day, I can’t say I will stay again
Staff was extremely helpful and friendly, room was beautiful and it was a great location, we were visiting the SMU campus right across the street. We stayed in one of the suites and there was plenty of room for all. Separate living room had a sectional sofa sleeper, a bit uncomfortable according to our son, but it was fine. Had a slight problem with the curtain and an outlet cover falling off in the bedroom but it did not bother our stay in any way. We mentioned the issues to the hotel staff just to let them know it needed repair and the next day when we checked we were offered a discount on our stay. It wasn't really necessary as the items were not a big issue but we greatly appreciated that the hotel was concerned and took actions to make sure we enjoyed out stay. A great example of WONDERFUL hotel hospitality! We will definitely stay at the Lumen again when we are in the Dallas area.
We chose this hotel because of the location. It’s across the street from my daughter’s dorm.
The hotel is fine if you just need a place to sleep. It is terrible if you need to get dressed and go to events. We are in Suite 402. This suite has one mirror above the sink in the dark bathroom. There is no full length mirror, and there is no magnifying mirror. We have a suite because I’m here with my husband and younger daughter. It would be nice to have a mirror outside of the bathroom so that one could do hair or makeup while someone else is in the bathroom.
The water pressure is truly pathetic. I can’t wait to get home and take a shower with water. There is no soap dish or shelf in the shower so we have to put our soap and shampoo on the floor of the shower. Yuck.
Maid service is slow. We returned at 5pm after spending a day out, and our room wasn’t serviced.
We did use the house car and it was readily available and a nice service.
If you just need a place to stay while moving your child into a dorm. The convenience of The Lumen is great. If you need to shower, get dressed, and look presentable, choose another hotel.
Great very cool hotel - excellent location. Great bar and the food was delicious. Staff was awesome. Room is roomy. Hot water in shower was very touchy so be careful when jumping in. Have stayed several times and will be back
I love this Hotel. It’s so clean and has a friendly staff the moment you walk in. The rooms are very spacious which i loved. Great products from the Niven and Morgan line. I can’t stress how awesome this place is. We celebrated at the St. Patrick’s Day parade and decided to visit Dallas and book a room at The Lumen. The valet staff are on point and extremely helpful. Our room was amazing and extremely clean. The lien was soft, the robes were comfy and the soaking tub was amazing. I love to stay at a hotel where i know i’m getting my money worth. I recommend staying here and look forward to my next visit!