Hautels: The Haute 5 Hotels in Dallas

The Crescent Hotel

The kings of France would be proud of the compound that makes up the Crescent. It may as well have a moat. Beyond the luxury of the hotel itself (complete with suites up to 3,000 sq. feet), dining alone includes Japanese spot Nobu, The Conservatory, Beau’s, The Crescent Club and the Spa Cafe along with a Starbucks. All this, plus an award-winning spa and tons of interior shopping, like Stanley Korshak and Pratesi.

The Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Court, 214.871.3272, www.crescentcourt.com

Hotel ZaZa

The Crouching Tiger Suite, one of ZaZa’s chic Magnificent Seven Suites, is 2,145 square-feet of Asian-inspired opulence. Two bedrooms, two and a half baths and a washer/dryer in the room (just in case you need to get that pair of perfectly faded jeans cleaned in a hurry) make the suite a home away from home. There are seven of such themed suites throughout the complex, and celebrities such as Kate Hudson are known to stay a weekend or two, swimming in the ultra chic pool, having cocktails at the Dragonfly lounge downstairs and getting her cardio on at the Gold’s Gym across the street.

Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard Street, 214.468.8399

The Gaylord Texan

Off perhaps the beaten path but hardly remote, The Gaylord is a remarkable example of Southern refinement. Take a gander at the 4 and a half acre, climate-controlled glass atrium that houses the best in shopping and dining, along with a fitness center and the popular hotspot Glass Cactus Nightclub. Overlooking Grapevine Lake, this stay-away behemoth is even complete with an Alamo- facade, a perfect spot for photographers.

The Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, 817.778.2000, www.gaylordhotels.com

The Ashton

We can’t forget the good city of Fort Worth in our luxury hotel list, as the latter part of our DFW airport clearly connotes. The Ashton may be a stone’s throw from the Fort Worth Stockyard historic district, and it may consist of a refurbished interior and exterior of the 1915 Fort Worth Club building and the 1895 Winfree Building, but don’t expect archaic traditionalism. The boutique hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated, modernly decorated (flat screen TV’s, iPod decks, check) and offers all the amenities luxury hotels are known for.

The Ashton, 610 Main Street, Fort Worth, 817.332.0100, www.theashtonhotel.com

The Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek

Easily the most notable of Dallas’ luxury hotels, the Mansion on Turtle Creek has it all. Known as the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Hotel in Texas, everything the Mansion offers, from the delicate cuisine crafted by Chef Bruno Davaillon to the Lady Primrose bath products, is of the highest quality. So it’s no surprise, then, that the Presidential Suite reflects the extravagance of the place: spacious living room, marble bathroom with golden-tapped tub, a private balcony you could land a helicopter on (although I am sure they wouldn’t advise it.). If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, check out the Mansion’s numerous dual-occupancy packages, complete with candlelight dining and massages.

Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, 214.559.2100, www.mansionturtlecreek.com