The equivalent of the Plaza in New York City or the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, the Adolphus is the grande dame of Dallas hotels. Built in 1912 by beer magnate Adolphus Busch, it's a landmarked Beaux Arts storehouse of treasures (17th-century Flemish tapestries, magnificent murals in the restaurant, crystal chandeliers). Its lobby is chockablock with majestic paintings, towering vases of plants and flowers, fine antiques, and crannies perfect for high tea (served daily from 3pm to 5pm) and stiff martinis come nightfall. The rooms are as spiffy, featuring fine four-poster beds, the finest linens, the finest antiques—the finest of everything, really. While it no longer gets the bold-faced guests that the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek does—the non-exclusive location in the heart of downtown Dallas may account for that—it should still fit the bill for anyone who wants a taste of elegant, old-time Texan hospitality. I should also note that because of the large number of rooms here, you're more likely to get a discount than at other hotels of this quality level, so try such websites as Momondo.com, Booking.com, Hipmunk.com, and Trivago.com. The pricing listed here reflects those discounts, since deals are so easy to come by.


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