You’d be hard pressed to find a more stylish stay downtown than The Joule. 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 onetime 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. Frette bedding, glass-enclosed showers and soaking tubs, and 47-inch flat-screens equipped with Apple TV round out the comfortable digs. You’ll spy pieces from the hotel’s extensive art collection in the public spaces, as well as the outdoor sculpture garden across the street. 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.
The Joule Dallas
This 161-room hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the Dallas Arts District. The Joule’s art collection features works by such artists as Ellsworth Kelly and Andrew Kuo. A recent expansion included the creation of a sculpture garden planned in association with the nearby Nasher Sculpture Center. Artist Tony Tasset’s 30-foot sculpture of a human eye was such a hit that it now has its own hashtag (#eyeatthejoule). Other additions include a rooftop garden terrace, a coffee shop, a library of Taschen art books, an 8,000-square-foot spa, and a cocktail lounge called Midnight Rambler.