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Six Awesome Boutique Hotels in Dallas, Texas

This was written by Jim Traister, a contributor for

I thought I would share it, since it’s a high quality article.


My process began with a list of eleven hotels for unannounced visits. If the hotels offered hospitality and a reasonable amount of amenities for a staycation I went back for another visit. Below is the list of the top six Dallas boutique hotels ranked by the amount and degree of hospitality that I experienced throughout the unannounced and announced visits. In this article,  I will be sharing with you some of the unique amenities that made these particular hotels worth a staycation for me as well as what might make each of these six Dallas boutique hotels worthwhile and interesting to you.

#1 Warwick Melrose at  3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219…(214) 521-5151

Our Visit:Visited the Melrose unannounced for lunch. The hotel is home to The Landmark, a restaurant that is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant. I ate at the Landmark Restaurant about three years ago and it was great!  Being a teacher now,  we made a B-line for The Library Bar that is located just to the right of the entrance. The bar feels like something out of NYC with many authentic touches (no faux here). I later learned from the GM,  the bar had undergone a $500,000 renovation with $50,000 spent just for the beautiful blue lapis stone bar top. Everything was unique at the Melrose and I found the Melrose staff exemplified caring in reams.

From the doorman to the bartender, who served us lunch,  the Melrose employees could not have been any kinder. The bartendar was great with my young son and genuinely seemed to have the caring DNA gene in droves.  The food was great and service was seamless! At a subsequent visit with the GM, I shared the best part of the visit was my son’s meal. The GM smiled…..but watching my son manage the six inch strings of cheese from crust to mouth with his three-cheese grilled sandwich was funny!  The employees throughout the hotel are “real” as I said to the GM, Larry McAfee. You know, many times we visit expensive restaurants and/or hotels and the caring comes across as systemized caring that is trained. Not at the Melrose. I spoke  with the front desk person about a shared concern regarding our children. On my way out I ran into one of the Melrose associates who greeted me as he crossed the street from the pharmacy, the Melrose set the standard for caring on my short list.

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