9 Cool Places to Stay in Dallas that Will Blow Your Mind

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Cindy Brzostowski
May 10, 2023
Updated October 02, 2023

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Home of the Cowboys, made famous by the titular TV series, and known for its “bigger is better” mentality, Dallas isn’t just an oil boom town, it’s a thriving metropolis. Here are some of the best places to stay in.

Instead of opting for a lackluster hotel or an Airbnb that feels like more work than it should be, you can take your pick between a variety of unique stays in Dallas that’ll make you just as excited to come back home as you are to step out the door and explore.

And no, choosing more interesting accommodations in the city doesn’t have to mean pushing your budget to its limits. From a glitzy penthouse to a charming bungalow and top-rated hotel, here are some of the coolest places to stay in Dallas. Even the more expensive options on this list are made affordable if you invite some friends along.

Best Places to Stay in Dallas – Our Top Picks

1. Luxe Warehouse in Downtown Dallas

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Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: A reality TV renovation project, this expansive warehouse is full of funky flair.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $571/night

Did you ever catch that show CashPad on CNBC? If not, maybe you’re a Bachelorette fan and heard about how former stars of the hit series, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers, were house flippers. Well, this luxe warehouse is one of their projects. They turned a historic warehouse from the 1940s into a cool, contemporary space that’s perfect for hanging with a big group (especially considering the large outdoor area you get).

Throughout the property, you’ll find unique design additions like queen-size bunk beds, an upside-down kayak turned into a light fixture, a clawfoot tub, and a walk-out patio attached to one of the rooms.

When you’re in the mood to play, there’s a ping-pong table waiting for you plus a couple of bikes hanging on the wall that are free for guests to use. When you need to chill, pop on over to one of the inviting leather couches and scroll through Netflix or Hulu on the flatscreen TV. Whatever it is you’re doing, you can have the perfect playlist going at all times with the Sonos sound machines all throughout the house.

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2. High-style Home near Bishop Arts/Downtown Dallas

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: You’ll get a designer stay (and pool) near all the action.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

If you’re looking for a place where you can truly relax and clear your mind, this high-style home seems perfectly designed to bring you peace. You may be super close to bustling neighborhoods but all the trees around the property, plus the backyard that comes with a pool and hot tub, make it feel like you’re in your own private paradise.

Come inside and you’ll find a bright, airy space full of neutral tones, minimalist decor, and statement pieces. Look closely around the house and you’ll see even more thoughtful additions for your relaxation, including memory foam mattresses and a sound machine for soothing sleep, plus blackout shades.

This isn’t the place for kids, pets, or parties, but it is the spot if you’re a couple or a small group of friends that want privacy and appreciates inspiring design.

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3. Ravinia Bungalow

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: You can get all cuddled up in this comfy, cozy spot made with love.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $85/night

Ravinia Bungalow is pure rustic charm, from the walls full of eclectic framed pictures to the many beautiful wood furnishings throughout. It’s not a large space, but there’s everything you need, including a kitchen area in the back, a full bathroom with a gorgeous rain shower, and a bed waiting for you up the rolling library ladder on the lofted second floor.

Fans of alfresco dining will love the large table on the big, covered front porch. This extra use of outdoor space makes the homey stay feel that much bigger. From there, you can walk out to a little garden with two lounge chairs and appreciate all the greenery.

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4. Peaceful Creekside Guesthouse & Zen Garden Retreat

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Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: If you can’t make it to Indonesia, this private oasis with a beautiful outdoor space gives you a little taste.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $126/night

You may feel transported to Bali at this peaceful creekside guesthouse and zen garden retreat that takes inspiration from the popular Indonesian island. There are plenty of things here you won’t expect to find in your run-of-the-mill Dallas rental like an authentic Chinese day bed that’ll make you feel like royalty under its ornate, red and gold frame, and different Indonesian art pieces.

The outside area is one of the highlights of this stay because the guest house sits right next to a creek. If the weather is nice, you can lean into the Bali vacation vibes by using the yoga mats available for guests and setting up your practice right there on the private, split-level patio while listening to the relaxing sound of the water.

You can also walk down to the rock garden to lay or meditate in the Balinese daybed or head to the side yard where a hammock awaits. There’s a nice pool on the property too that’s shared with the owners but you’ll rarely find them there.

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5. HALL Arts Hotel Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Photo: Expedia

Why you should stay: This high-class hotel is in a prime location for anyone who enjoys the arts.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $330/night

Anyone planning to watch a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center can’t do much better than staying at HALL Arts Hotel, which is just across the street. This five-star hotel is actually surrounded by the arts with the symphony center, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Museum of Art all within easy walking distance. You don’t have to walk if you don’t want to though since the property offers a car service for drop-off within a five-mile radius.

The culture extends to the interior design as well with pictures of ballet performances hanging in the rooms, colorful paintings in the dining areas, and stunning light fixtures that double as hanging sculptures themselves.

If you can spare some time in your schedule, you should head up to the rooftop pool. It’s a great space to unwind and you can get some stellar views of the city. Guests who like to keep up with their workouts while on the road will love the hotel’s massive fitness studio, which has all the machines you need.

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6. Texican Court

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Photo: Expedia

Why you should stay: It’s upscale Americana paired with true Texas hospitality here.

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $227/night

Texican Court takes the idea of those iconic roadside motels from yesteryear and updates it into a more luxurious, four-star experience. The rooms are decorated in a mix of materials – steel, wood, and leather – and have bright pops of colors from the decorative, patterned fabrics and retro SMEG fridges. Splurge on one of the suites and you can enjoy extra amenities like a clawfoot tub. Many of the rooms have outdoor seating with a rocking chair too.

The guest experience is far more than what you get in your room. You can take advantage of everything in the manicured courtyard, including lawn games, fire pits, and a swimming pool (plus its resort-style pool bar). When you want to step out, consider borrowing one of the complimentary bikes for guests. But you may very well want to stay in and enjoy the live music the hotel hosts every Friday and Saturday. This hotel is technically in Irving, but you’re still only a 15-minute drive to downtown Dallas.

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7. Luxury Penthouse in Uptown Dallas

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Photo: Amyfinehouse

Why you should stay: Feel like a VIP at this luxurious two-level penthouse.

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 14 days
  • Rates from: $535/night

Before we start drooling over this luxury penthouse, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s only available for longer stays. But it can hold up to 10 people, so if you have a big family or you love traveling with a large crew of friends, this makes for a memorable home base for an extended trip in Dallas.

Before you even step foot inside this space, you’ll feel pampered because the stay comes with a free airport pick-up in a Tesla. If you have your own car(s), there’s no need to worry about parking since there are two reserved spots for you right in front of your penthouse elevator.

Inside, it’s posh and modern, and the gourmet kitchen is an enviable addition. If you want, you can take advantage of community amenities like the pool, rooftop deck, and game area. But it’s understandable if you’d rather just hang out on your own private terrace.

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8. The Lumen

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Photo: Hotels.com

Why you should stay: With a pool and rooftop lounge, this transformed motel is a quiet retreat.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $255/night

Back in the 60s, The Lumen was a motel, but now it’s a boutique hotel that still honors its past with its mid-century modern design. Love a room with a view? Then choose one of the rooms that has a balcony. Staying a little bit longer and want to be able to cook? Book a suite, which features a loft-style kitchen. Bringing your baby? Just ask the hotel staff for a crib and they’ll get you all set up.

For relaxing, you can recline over by the outdoor swimming pool, or you may prefer to go to the rooftop where there’s a nice lounge area. The hotel also has a fitness center you can access 24 hours a day.

At this hotel, you’re less than five minutes walking distance to SMU, a 10-minute drive to White Rock Lake, and a 10-minute drive to downtown. The hotel has a complimentary bicycle program for guests if you want to take one out to zoom around the neighborhood. Turtle Creek is also nearby for biking amid more greenery.

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9. Lorenzo Hotel

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Photo: Expedia

Why you should stay: Perfect for art lovers, this colorful boutique hotel has a lot of personality and history.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $199 /night

It’s art, art, and more art at Lorenzo Hotel. This is no exaggeration seeing as the hotel has over 1,300 unique works across the property with plenty of representation by local artists. From classic paintings to contemporary sculptures, it’s a feast for your eyes wherever you go. If you book one of the deluxe guestrooms, you’ll see that even the headboard is a work of art made by local artist, Michael Ledoux.

During your stay, look for the signage to the guest room floors. The mold of a hand holding the sign is actually made after the hand of Tom Coughlin, who lived on the 11th floor for eight years and kept out unwanted intruders in between the hotel being opened for guests. Another thing you may notice is a bunch of Tina Turner art pieces. That’s because she stayed at the hotel back in 1976 when it was a Ramada Inn.

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