1530 Main St
| +1 214-748-1300
Photo courtesy of The Joule
The JouleWhen The Joule first opened in 2008, it was early into the regeneration of Dallas’ ghost-town-after-5-p.m. downtown. Today, following a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation completed in late 2013, this is one of the main places drawing people to the now-vibrant neighborhood. The independently owned hotel is spread out over three interconnected buildings—a classic revival-style from 1913, a former Salvation Army built in 1911, and a neo-Gothic former National Bank— which have been integrated under the direction of renowned interior designer Adam D. Tihany. His touch can also be seen in the 161 rooms and suites, each decorated with serene jewel or earth tones, contemporary furniture, hand-picked art and photography, and plenty of natural light from oversized windows. The bedding is 300 thread-count Frette, the bathrooms feature glass-enclosed showers and deep-soaking tubs, and amenities include 47-inch flat-screens equipped with DVR recording and Apple TV.
Down in the public spaces—including the outdoor sculpture garden across the street—you’ll spy pieces from the hotel’s extensive art collection, which includes works by known and emerging artists, video installations, and restored historic mosaics. The block-deep lobby buzzes with an outpost of Weekend Coffee (using Victrola beans flown in weekly from Seattle), a library curated by TASCHEN, and chic boutiques like TenOverSix and Traffic LA, while the popular CBD Provisions draws a local crowd with its modern Texas fare and regional drinks list. The 8,000 square-foot subterranean spa features a vitality pool, crystal steam room, and glass-walled sauna to enjoy before or after treatments, and there’s also a fitness center with a cycling studio and group classes. Two things not to miss: the original historic bank vault in the lobby, and the much-Instagrammed rooftop pool, which cantilevers eight feet off the side of the building.
about 3 years ago
You can look forward to a plush stay at this recently renovated hotel in downtown Dallas. Adam Tihany designed the interiors of the former bank, originally built in 1927, and the streamlined, modern spaces are now dressed up with the hotel’s $22 million art collection—meaning public areas and the 129 guestrooms have original works. If accommodations in the new $78 million addition aren’t available, opt for a 500-square-foot Joule suite with skyline views, jetted bathtubs, and Bvlgari amenities. By day, hang out in the private glass-fronted pool that overlooks Main Street, or head underground to the sleek ESPA Spa. At night, make reservations at the local favorite CBD Provisions restaurant for farm fresh fare.