The Adolphus, Autograph Collection
1321 Commerce Street
Photo courtesy of The Adolphus
The Adolphus, Autograph CollectionOpened in 1912 by Anheuser-Busch cofounder Adolphus Busch, Dallas’ first “Grand Hotel” has witnessed a lot of history. For several decades starting in the 1930s, the property was home to the Century Room, a legendary club where performers like Benny Goodman and Tony Bennett performed to packed crowds. Additionally, several U.S. presidents have stayed here, and when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Dallas in 1991, this was the official hotel of the state visit.
Now a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the Adolphus received the most comprehensive redo in its history in 2017. The reimagining saw a transformation of the lobby, public spaces, and 400-plus rooms and suites, all of which now feature a refined style accented by warm woods, leather club chairs, and bold rugs. Also new is the chic, top-of-the-line spa—one of the best in Dallas, with private changing suites, outdoor relaxation lounges, and excellent therapists—and the seventh-floor pool and bar, ringed by cabanas and fire pits. Even the hotel’s award-winning French Room restaurant and popular afternoon tea service have been refreshed to please the next generation of Adolphus regulars. For something more laid-back, there are several other eateries and bars on site, including a Viennese-style coffee shop that serves as a reminder of the Beaux Arts building’s European influences.