DALLAS DA LLAS
LAS V EGAS
Two chic, contemporary lodges are coming to town this fall.
The luxurious Hall Arts Hotel takes cues from its perch in the Arts District, a bastion of contemporary architecture that houses three museums, two theaters, a symphony center, and an opera house. Commissioned sculptures by international artists command attention in the hotel’s public spaces, and stylized photographs of the district and performers are sprinkled throughout. Ten arts-themed suites present sweeping views of the colorfully lit Dallas skyline. Developer and arts patron Craig Hall promises the glass-and-steel tower will pamper guests with warm hospitality epitomized by Ellie’s, an informal modern American restaurant named for his late mother. Naturally, the boutique hotel will serve distinguished Napa Valley cabernets produced by Hall’s wife, Kathryn. hallartshotel.com Virgin Hotels Dallas rises a few miles away in the Design District, a booming neighborhood of interior design showrooms that’s percolating with new restaurants and apartments. The country’s third Virgin Hotel evinces the brand’s paradigm of a modern social club. The Commons Club restaurant, bar, and meeting ground buzzes day and night, and the Funny Library Coffee Shop and workspace is stocked with quirky reading and games. The rooms, or “chambers,” in Virgin lingo, actually span at least two rooms in length and swaddle guests in patented ergonomic lounge beds with built-in backrests. Virgin also takes dog-friendliness to the max, furnishing best friends of all sizes with dishes, treats, a bed, and a bandanna. virginhotels.com
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:
The Ad Astra sculpture by Mark di Suvero at NorthPark Center; Virgin Hotels Dallas’ Commons Club; Dancing Waters by Justin O’Keith Higgs at Hall Arts Hotel; an Alexandre Birman creation; the NorthPark Center Louis Vuitton store.
NorthPark Center keeps upping the retail ante. Saint Laurent just debuted, and this season brings Dolce & Gabbana, Golden Goose, Isabel Marant, and Brazilian stiletto king Alexandre Birman. Plus, the nation’s second AMC Dreamscape—an immersive virtual reality adventure theater—is due by September. northparkcenter.com