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May 09, 2014

Dallas is undeniably sophisticated, and a perfect getaway for couples looking for destination dining, haute shopping and incredible arts and architecture. Stay central to hotel hop between cosmopolitan properties, and start your evenings early so you can enjoy a lengthy cocktail hour followed by a dazzling dinner.

Hotel ZaZa, Dallas

Overlooking Uptown's McKinney Avenue, ZaZa is a French Mediterranean-inspired villa that also incorporates styles from across the globe. Public spaces are adorned with crystal chandeliers and imported African prints, but the highlight here is the design of the hotel's 153 guestrooms. ZaZa is most known, however, for its 16 individually designed concept suites embodying themes like Bohemia, Moulin Rouge, East Indies, and of course, Texas—complete with leather, cowhide, and horns. For a bigger, more private option, consider staying in The Bungalows, located behind the hotel in a historic, charming neighborhood.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Dallas icon of luxury, founded in 1980 when oil heiress Caroline Rose Hunt turned a circa-1925 cotton magnate's mansion into an outstanding property, undertook a full freshening up for its 30th anniversary. The updated look, by the interior design firm BAMO, includes Michael Taylor sofas, William Switzer chairs, and limed oak reception desks, befitting the original Italian Renaissance decorative scheme. The 143 rooms have been redone in calm colors and opulent fabrics, and guests manage to feel miles away from a bustling city that is just a block or two from the hotel. Don't forget to make a reservation at the esteemed Mansion Restaurant, which is famous for its tortilla soup.

The Joule

This historical 1927 Neo-Gothic building houses the hottest hotel in downtown Dallas. Not only does it have a modern cantilevered rooftop pool and a $20 million–plus art collection (including works by Andy Warhol and Richard Phillips), it also is home to foodie hangouts CBD Provisions and Americano. Its 161 rooms and suites are equipped with custom-made furniture that's sleek without being austere. The Joule recently emerged from a $78 million renovation by Adam D. Tihany that added rooms, an 8,000-square-foot ESPA spa, and a craft cocktail lounge in an old vault that once housed the Dallas National Bank's reserves. If you want to elevate your stay, book one of the four unique penthouses.

Spoon Bar and Kitchen

Dallas veteran and Top Chef contestant John Tesar opened this seafood restaurant to rave reviews. Crisp, clean interiors let artful plates—fluke sashimi with blood orange and fennel; king crab garden salad—take center stage.

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