I was in Dallas for a conference and had booked my room at the conference hotel, but after looking around online, I was immediately wow-ed by the Adolphus. And guess what? They have special rates! Score! I was so excited to switch from the boring conference hotel to this gem!
The bottomline - yes, there are other newer, more modern hotels in downtown Dallas to pick from, BUT how do you put a price on history? This hotel still maintains most of the charm and splendor of a past era and had the WOW factor for us when we arrived. It is not high tech, new, and shiny, but it's comfortable and well maintained. It's amazing to look at the hotel and it's place in Dallas history and you definitely get a sense of that when you stay here. If you enjoy nostalgia and love to explore hidden gems, this is the hotel for you!
As noted by other travelers, this hotel is historic and with it comes good and bad points. For us, the good outweighed the bad. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. As ambassadors of the hotel, they did a great job in making us feel welcome. We had even called them days before our arrival to figure out what to do while we were in town and they were extremely helpful. Having a courtesy car to take you anywhere in the city was a godsend, especially on those cold days with the blistering winds howling through the streets... The decor in the main lobby was magnificent. It was definitely historic but overall, very well maintained and kept. We ate at the Bistro (thanks to free breakfast vouchers) and the staff was very friendly and service was quick. If you're there on a Sunday morning, definitely get the breakfast buffet!
The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Yes, the decor was a bit dated, but it was clean and well maintained. Housekeeping staff was on top of things and did a great job. Our one gripe is that the hot water would run out in the afternoon so there was no way to take a hot shower later in the day. Hot water worked splendidly in the morning though. The bidet was kind of a novelty item. I don't know anyone who uses this anymore, but it made me think back to trips to Europe. The walls are thin, so we did hear out neighbor's TV but it wasn't loud enough to disturb/disrupt our sleep. Wifi worked brilliantly in our room. As an older hotel, I was worried that there wouldn't be enough outlets for all our gadgets, but they had a six outlet adapter under the desk plus the desk had an extra 2 outlets built in. More than enough for our multitude of electronics.
The French Room was such a highlight that it deserves a review all on its own. Eating there is a MUST! They offered a special for hotel guests. Pay the extra for the souffle!
TIP: There is an Avis on the hotel premises. The valet will do an after-hours return of your vehicle for a nominal fee, which is much better than having to pay for the nightly parking rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recognized for more than a century as the iconic address for Dallas hospitality, The Adolphus inspires each guest's journey by offering vibrant and storied surroundings and locally celebrated amenities, all crafted and delivered with intuitive, memorable service. Today, the original address for timeless Dallas refinement re-emerges as a smart, urban destination for a new century of hospitality, promising every guest a warm and extraordinary experience. The 407 spacious guest rooms and suites all have king-size beds. Among the new amenities: a brand new rooftop pool and executive fitness center. Travel + Leisure readers voted The Adolphus one of the top 10 large city hotels in the Continental U.S. and Canada. ... more less
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