Hotel ZaZa Dallas
2332 Leonard Street
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Hotel ZaZa DallasA pioneer of Dallas’ boutique hotel scene, Hotel ZaZa has become a Texas-grown mini-chain over the last decade, with two properties in Houston and one in Austin. Still, this Uptown outpost remains a true original, full of quirky personality. The Mediterranean-inspired main building houses the bulk of the 168 accommodations, which include comfortable, well-sized Superior, Deluxe, and Premium rooms with generous seating areas, plush king beds and, in some, private balconies. The real ZaZa flair, however, is reflected in the higher categories, starting with the 19 Concept Suites, done up in styles like “Bohemia,” “West Indies,” “Opium,” “Shag-a-Delic,” and “Photo Loft.” Some even have hot tubs, separate living and dining rooms, or outdoor spaces. Upgrade further to one of the super-sized Magnificent Seven Suites (in themes like “Leonardo,” “Crouching Tiger,” and “Rock Star”), or one of the 12 newer one- and two-bedroom Bungalows, which are set on a tree-lined block away from the main hotel in a 1930s-era former home. The Bungalows come complete with kitchens, living areas, and patios or porches, and feature individual touches like a vintage 1960s VW Bug tailgate in a bathroom, a 1940s TV fitted into a wooden cabinet, and furniture and artwork handpicked from around Texas.
Guests of all rooms have access to hotel services and amenities, including complimentary champagne and snacks in the lobby, the ZaSpa wellness retreat and gym, the lively Dragonfly restaurant, and the cabana-ringed pool, which turns into a party scene with DJs after 10 p.m. Another ZaZa signature is the “Magic Carpet Ride,” the hotel’s version of a complimentary house car, which ferries guests within five miles of the property in rides like a decommissioned highway patrol car or a Cadillac hearse.