I found this through Tripadvisor, and got a great deal on a room by booking my flight directly with American (about half of sticker price). And while I got good value, there are a few shortcomings that are baked into this place.
First the good: the physical plant has been maintained well enough that it looks snappy again. It's the kind of modern architecture that would have spoken of sophistication and wealth in an early Bond film, and then looked cheesy in the 80s. (I'm guessing here-- but there are lots of similar places that did.) Now, it's possible to enjoy it all without feeling overwhelmed with the novelty, or grossed out by the unfinished wood surfaces on some of the paneling, the modern art, etc. So that's good.
Also, staff are courteous and helpful. Food at the restaurant was really very fine, if not bleeding-edge gourmet. There was a nice wine list with some unconventional choices, including acceptable if expensive Texas white and red that went well with the meal. The room, while obviously 4-star and not 5-star, was clean and well laid-out if not opulent. Bed was good.
On the downside, there is a lot of daytime road noise even in the rooms facing away from the highway. It does get better at night. Also, perhaps in an effort to mask the ambient noise, there is a fairly assertive batch of music constantly playing from the ceiling in the lobby. I was unexpectedly fried from my flight, and stepping into the hotel didn't provide any sense of relief at all. Not a soothing location in any way.
To try to fix things, I went for a massage at the spa next door. The actual service there was fantastic, but the music was just as obtrusive. In the "quiet room" upstairs, you actually had duelling soundtracks competing for your attention-- Christmas carols coming up from the lobby and some especially exuberant Buddhist-sounding stuff from the massage rooms. Not restful.
But overall, it was a decent sleep with very good food and hassle-free staff. I think my room was quoted at $109, and with an expensive dinner and breakfast it didn't get much over $200. Not bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton a gem among Dallas boutique hotels, offers signature hospitality and artful style in the scenic Park Cities neighborhood. Surrounded by top Dallas shops, restaurants and nightlife, and across from SMU, our boutique hotel provides luxurious accommodations along with unsurpassed services and amenities. An outdoor heated pool, full onsite spa services and insider suggestions of popular things to do in Dallas puts our Dallas luxury hotel ahead of the pack. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Palomar Dallas Kimpton