Bleisure In Dallas
by, 03-05-2011 at 11:13 AM (1623 Views)
"I've got business in Dallas.....want to do some bleisure time?"
"Why not....we've got that two night package at The Joule Hotel we won on Twitter last year."
"Weather has been less than perfect in Dallas....sure you want to tag along?"
"I'll check Luxury Link and see if they have anything interesting......hummmmm, two night at The Stoneleigh Hotel in a suite, champagne and breakfast both mornings and valet parking....sound interesting?"
"I know The Stoneleigh....nice neighborhood, just on the edge of Uptown and only a couple of blocks to the free trolley."
"Hey, our bid was accepted and we won the auction."
"Call American and grab a couple of seats and see if Enterprise will give us a deal on a car rental.....use my corporate number."
"Bingo....we're going....btw...Enterprise still has a load of luxury cars left over from Super Bowl and sounds like we getting a premium car for compact prices!"
We loved the two nights at The Stoneleigh Dallas Luxury Hotels- The Stoneleigh- Uptown Dallas Hotel Spa Reservations ....it's a beautifully restored Art Deco hotel (30+ million can do a lot in a small property), dating back to the roaring '20s in Dallas. The property is understated (no overt attempt at hipness) and the decor tasteful and subdued elegance. The staff is well schooled in guest service execution and it's nice to have them greet you by name after only one encounter.
Our last two nights in Dallas were spent at The Joule Downtown Dallas Hotel | Luxury Hotel in Dallas | The Joule Dallas Hotel.
We had won a two night stay at The Joule last year during an Easter Egg Hunt held on Twitter....much to our surprise, we were given two nights in a suite including breakfast daily, a four course tasting menu dinner one evening at Charlie Palmer's Restaurant and a $200 Amex gift card (not bad for figuring out the clues to the location of the secretly hidden Easter Egg in Miami).
The Joule is 180 degrees out from The Stoneleigh. From the moment you arrive at the entrance and stare upward ten stories to the swimming pool (cantilevered eight feet out into space above the street), you know this is something different!
The Joule Suite we were given was amazing (where was our Apple Store geek to help us through all of the gadgets) and the bathroom was complete with a deep soaking jacuzzi tub for two as well as a free standing shower with lots of handles and water outlets....first time we have experienced Remede bath and beauty products at a hotel Laboratoire Remède : Home.
This is the second Starwood Luxury Collection property we have enjoyed in the past few months....the other being in Paracas, Peru Luxury Collection Paracas Hotels: Hotel Paracas, Paracas - Hotel Rooms at luxury
Starwood Luxury Collection properties seem to be stepping up their service....good for them....just wish their loyalty program was a little stronger.
Dallas was a successful business trip and the leisure time was certainly most enjoyable at both hotels.
Finally found time on Sunday afternoon to try out the new Urban Taco on McKinney Avenue....great crowd, great fun and of course, the food & drinks are so, so good:
If your travels take you to the Dallas area, you might want to give either of both a closer inspection.