The Guesthouse is unlike the stereotypical B&B experience. There are no other guest rooms so privacy is heightened. It is located in the heart of Uptown- a very walkable neighborhood- chock full of restaurants and close to the historic M line trolley (free too!) which connects to the local rapid transit (you literally could leave your car parked- for free!- on the street with the neighborhood permit provided). If the Art District holds your interest, it is an easy one mile walk to most of the venues (or any easy drive if you prefer). The secluded and walled garden with mature plantings, potted tropicals, roses and a statue/fountain (that attracts all sorts of birds) provideds a cool and tranquil start to incredible breakfasts- it all yours and not shared even with the hosts- with the Dallas skyline over your shoulder to remind you of all that awaits you. In the room are big floor to ceiling windows that look out to the garden, with beautiful roman shades and sunscreening shades for the hot afternoon sunshine.
The room is spacious, sophisticated and very comfortable in all aspects in shades of light olive green. Surrounding the fireplace is a built-in bookcase full of reading material for mosts tastes as well as a TV (frankly, you should be so busy that it should stay off most of your stay!). There is an array of recessed ceiling lights with dimmers as well as those on the desk and bed tables to provide the right amount for your needs. The bed is comfortable and made with high quality sheets and spreads. The central AC is most responsive to the heat. A small space between the bedroom and bathroom contains spacious closets with louvered doors and a small bar area, complete with a small fridge (stocked with cold beverages) and freezer with the largest icemaker I have ever seen in a room. This space also contains a small make up counter with granite countertop over which there are windows with bermuda shades- on either side are built-in dressers. The Keurig coffee machine is well stocked daily with a variety of coffee and teas with real ceramic mugs.
The tile floor in this space leads you to the bathroom- well ventilated and full of thick thirsty towels. The bathroom is on the small side if a couple want to share, but considering the amenities this property provides, just roll with it! No tub but a glass door/tiled shower with glass block window with a privacy-providing pattern.
The breakfasts were skillfully prepared with extra touches- fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh baked goods and in a portion size to fortify you for your Dallas adventures. Likes and dislikes were asked upon check in and accommodated (thanks for the mushrooms...and keeping them off my partner's breakfast!).
One reviewer wished for a more chatty host and hostess, We appreciated that they did not impose their thoughts and ideas onto us, but when asked were very forthcoming with information. A conversation about the Arboreteum resulted in a lovely day that we otherwise would not have experienced. This is the age of the Internet- do your homework (Google Uptown, Arts District and DART for transit info) and ask the host and hostess to fine tune.
Stay here before considering an overpriced stay at a local four star hotel- you will not be disappointed.
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