Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA

It took a 1920s cotton magnate and a 1980s oil heiress to create the city’s most iconic stay, the former incorporating hallmarks of European design into a 10,000-square-foot house the likes of which had never been seen in Dallas—think Italian marble columns, 19th-century Spanish cathedral doors, and a ceiling inlaid with 2,400 separate pieces of wood. The latter transformed it into the Mansion Restaurant, which remains an award-winning favorite, adding a new wing with 143 guest rooms and suites and establishing the first property in the now-global Rosewood chain. Past the signature peach facade, the since renovated accommodations mix modern technologies with gracious amenities, historic touches, and residential-style décor—a combination that’s proved a hit with visiting dignitaries, international business travelers, and privacy-seeking celebs. A small pool, fitness center, and massage treatment rooms round out the facilities in the new wing, while meeting rooms and event spaces are located in the mansion’s gorgeous former living quarters. Young professionals flock to the leather-walled Mansion Bar for after-work craft cocktails and live music on weekends, while the brunch crowd heads to the Terrace restaurant to dine around outdoor fireplaces and oak trees hung with lanterns. Just don’t pass up ordering the legendary tortilla soup at The Mansion.

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A Timeless Classic

All 143 rooms at this elegant hotel—a Dallas society mainstay—have plush accents such as beautifully upholstered furnishings and Lady Primrose bath products. The graceful hotel’s biggest draw, though, is its residential feel: Warm chocolate chip cookies and lemonade greet you in the marble-floored lobby, while the handsome leather-walled bar has shelves lined with old tomes. The Mansion Restaurant has long defined fine dining in Dallas; on cooler nights, request a table by the fireplace.

Chic Weekend in the Big City

Dallas is undeniably sophisticated, and a perfect getaway for couples looking for destination dining, haute shopping and incredible arts and architecture. Stay at Hotel ZaZa a 153-room hotel with 18 concept suites; the best to book is the Out of Africa room for its exotic animal busts and tribal masks. You can also get cozy at The Joule a former bank with fresh interiors by Adam Tihany, and a $22 million art collection. Stop by the Mansion On Turtle Creek’s handsome bar—leather-walled and lined with old tomes—to sip an Old Fashioned or take your drink outside and grab a seat by one of the outdoor fireplaces. Or make reservations at the Mansion Restaurant where top dishes include the tortilla soup, a menu staple since the dining room opened over 30 years ago.

This Mansion Is A Disappointment

A recent dinner proved to be a vexing, if not disappointing, experience for my group. Our hosts had previously enjoyed a “remarkable” dinner and were excited to show off their local gem. But the moment we walked in the door, we could hear a gaggle of young ladies speaking in very unladylike tones. Even after we were seated in the dining room we could still hear them. So, too, the romantic couple next to us, who appeared even more distressed. Before long I realized the floor vent was exhaling an icy blast that required me to call on a nearby server. He went off to fetch a towel; upon his return he said: “This usually does the trick.” Usually? Note to the manager: Why not fix it? Soon enough our own server appeared, a woman I’ll call “Lady Mary” because she seemed as arch as the “Downton” character. One of my friends asked for the G&T, but remade as a V&T because she doesn’t like gin. Lady Mary would have none of it, extolling the virtues of the house-made gin until…. well, for far, far too long. Then I asked if a mock cocktail list existed. Lady Mary brought me fruity non-alcoholic confection instead. I inquired again about a list, but she asked me to try the drink first. After I did, and had winced at the amount of sugar in it, she asked me what I preferred. I said in my best Dowager Countess voice: “I’d like to know if you have a list.” Three times? Note to the manager: Your staff is an embarrassment. Oh, and how was our meal? Let me put it this way: Unremarkable.

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