1717 North Akard Street
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Fairmont DallasWhen it opened in 1969, the Fairmont Dallas set the bar for luxury hotels, dazzling guests with opulent interiors, the then-largest ballroom in Texas (adorned with 15 chandeliers), a Neiman Marcus outpost in the lobby, and 11 separate kitchens. Its elegant Pyramid Room restaurant offered the best in French fine dining, while its legendary Venetian Room club hosted acts like Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lewis, and Ike & Tina Turner. Now an integral part of the downtown skyline—located at the center of the booming Arts District, close to a long list of museums and performance venues—the hotel remains a favorite for social and corporate events as well as a whole new generation of guests. The 545 rooms are bright and sophisticated, with city views, marble bathrooms, and minibars stocked with organic options; suites and junior suites offer more room to spread out, along with Texas-inspired design touches.
In a nod to its Arts District location, the hotel hosts a unique artist-in-residence program, for which emerging local artists are selected to live and work on property for several months. Several works by these breakthrough artists now decorate the Arts District Signature Suite, along with vintage pieces like a 1930s-era sofa and repurposed red-oak floors. Elsewhere in the hotel, the Four Diamond–rated Pyramid Restaurant and Bar pulls ingredients from the 3,000-square-foot rooftop vegetable and herb garden for its "terrace to table" modern American fare, which is complemented by an award-winning wine list. There’s no spa, but wellness is represented with a 24-hour gym and a Junior Olympic–size pool, where guests can also enjoy family-friendly “dive-in movies” and evening DJ sets in the summer.