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Where to Stay in Dallas

Deciding which section of Dallas to focus on when searching for a hotel can be a difficult decision, primarily because the city’s many destinations are widely spread over hundreds of square miles. There are certainly neighborhoods with lots to see and do in the immediate area, but if you decide you want to do something across town, you’ve got a drive ahead of you. To deal with this challenge, consider sketching out an itinerary for your trip and searching for cheap hotel deals in Dallas neighborhoods near the attractions that most entice you. You may find that hopping from one hotel to the next during your trip will save you both driving time and money.

Still, some areas offer better hotel prospects than others. Downtown Dallas is always a good choice, with its centralized location, fine hotels and top sites like the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art. This is also fairly close to Deep Ellum, the popular live music and nightlife district just east of Downtown. Uptown, located just to the northwest of Downtown, has several luxury and boutique hotels, a thriving fine dining scene and upscale shopping.

Dallas Hotel Tips

Dallas doesn’t deliver a tremendous variety of accommodations, but it does leave you with plenty of options depending on how much you want to spend. The hotels in Downtown, Uptown and their immediate surrounding areas are generally among the most expensive choices, but they include the best lodging in Dallas from both the finer hotel chains and independent hoteliers. The farther you get from this central area, the lower the rates will go, but you’ll also find fewer high-end accommodations and amenities. Truly cheap economy hotels won’t start appearing until you get fairly deep into Dallas’ north side.

When considering your travel dates, monitor the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website for upcoming events. Dallas is one of the biggest convention destinations in the country, and business travelers know to book rooms early.

Dallas Hotel Recommendations

One of Dallas’ signature Downtown hotels is the Magnolia Hotel, located in the Mobil building, which is one of the most recognized area landmarks thanks to the enormous neon Pegasus perched atop the roof. Its boutique accommodations are plush and charming, and guests are pampered with complimentary breakfast buffets, evening beer and wine receptions and nighttime milk and cookie snacks.

If you’re looking at the Uptown area and want an unforgettable night’s stay, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is the place to be. Once a private residence, this colossal palace embodies the “everything’s bigger in Texas” mantra with an exorbitantly luxurious flair. While it is pricey, it’s competitive with other top hotels in the nation, which this one certainly is. For very comfortable accommodations at somewhat lower rates, try the W Dallas – Victory, one of the trendiest hotels in the area. Modern rooms, cutting-edge fine dining, ultra-lounge nightlife and an ideal location make this one of Uptown’s best hotel bets.

Great value in sleek, urban accommodations can be found in the Hotel Palomar if you’re willing to go a bit beyond Downtown to the hip neighborhoods of Park Cities and Lakewood. From the design to the service to the bed linens, this is unmistakably a high-end hotel, but its rates are very reasonable given its proximity to Downtown. The immediate area also offers numerous dining, nightlife and shopping destinations, as well as the beautiful Southern Methodist University campus just across the street.

Dallas Transportation

Dallas has a growing light rail system and bus network operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART. Stops are conveniently located near most major attractions, especially Downtown and its nearby neighborhoods, but the system still won’t take you everywhere. Check the DART website for system maps and compare its reach with the destinations on your itinerary before deciding whether you’ll need to rent a car at the airport to efficiently get around.

If you do opt to rent a car, be sure to check into the parking policies at your hotel. On-site hotel parking in Dallas is a plus, even if you have to pay a little more for it. If you’re confident you can rely on DART, the occasional taxi and your own two feet to get you everywhere in Dallas you’d like to go, investigate hotel shuttle options at whichever airport your flight to Dallas will arrive. Both Dallas/Fort Worth International and Love Field have flat-rate hotel shuttle services that are usually cheaper than taking a cab.

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