We love a good staycation. It’s just the right amount of separation from everyday life that it kind of feels like you really did get out of town, without a lot of the hassle. If you’re looking for a good spot for your next staycation, allow us to help. Below are some of our favorite hotels for a quick getaway in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Adolphus // Downtown Dallas, $$$
Since this is where my wedding reception was held, The Adolphus will always hold a special place in my heart. And once you stay there, maybe it will for you too. The hotel is gorgeous and recently (about four years ago) underwent a major renovation—think old world, cigars and whiskey meets modern pops of color and gold accents. If you’re there in the summer, the pool on the seventh floor is a must-visit, and if you’re there during the holidays the decorations are stunning.
What’s nearby: Honestly, you won’t want to leave the hotel, it’s so luxurious. Spa Adolphus is a space to relax with wonderful attached balconies. Be sure to make a reservation for either tea or a fancy dinner at The French Room too.
Best for: Romantic couples weekend, girls trip, spa relaxation, summer days, great views
The Omni Dallas // Downtown Dallas, $$
Want a spot that’s in downtown but isn’t right in the middle of all the hubbub? The Omni Dallas (known for its creative light displays on the exterior of the building) has beautiful rooms, a great pool and awesome restaurants, just steps away and is close enough for anything in downtown or Bishop Arts but is separated enough for a quieter vibe.
What’s nearby: If you’re never been to Reunion Tower (the spinning disco balls hovering over Downtown Dallas, take the glass elevator up the 560 feet and stroll around the rotating observation deck for stunning sunset views.
Best for: Family getaway, girls trip, explorers, great views
Hotel ZaZa // Uptown Dallas, $$$
Looking for something upscale but a little quirky? Hotel ZaZa is your spot. It’s small enough to have that boutique hotel feel, but with the over-the-top décor it’ll feel like you’re living big. During the summer, enjoy the beautiful pool area with its Miami-like vibes. Make sure to visit the restaurant Dragonfly for brunch or dinner too. If you need a spa treatment, ZaSpa is the place to go.
What’s nearby: Want to get out of the hotel for a bit? You’re in walking distance of a million different restaurants, museums and entertainment destinations in Uptown Dallas and the Dallas Arts District.
Best for: Romantic couples weekend, girls trip, nightlife, eclectic vibes
Hilton Anatole // Dallas, $$$
Find your home away from home at the Hilton Anatole, thanks to fun activities for the whole family. Watch your kiddos dribble their way to the basket at the basketball court, play a game of tag on the grassy area near the outdoor fountain and enjoy a breakfast for champions at the outdoor Terrace. When it’s mommy time, head to the V spa where you can choose from facials, massages, manicures and pedicures—you may not want to go back home. Come back for the summer for poolside fun, including water slides, a lazy river and a kids splash zone, and during the holiday season for Christmas at the Anatole.
What’s nearby: The Anatole is near downtown, so you’ve got so much at your fingertips with just an Uber ride away. If you’re going with the kids, check out Medieval Times. If you’re looking for a throwback date night, the Cidercade.
Best for: Romantic couples weekend, girls trip, family staycation
Hotel Crescent Court // Uptown Dallas, $$$$
Probably in one of the most beautiful areas of Uptown, the Crescent is the epitome of luxury. The rooms (and a jaunt over to the on-site Stanley Korshak) will make you feel like a royal. And the pool and spa here are not to be missed.
What’s nearby: During the evening, make sure you spend some time at Beau Nash, the lobby bar, for a superb cocktail and (sometimes) live music. Then walk over to either Sixty Vines or stay right where you are and visit Nobu—the world-renowned Japanese restaurant that, of course, has a few Texan dishes thrown in there for good measure.
Best for: Romantic couples weekend, girls spa trip, luxury, wine aficionados
The Omni Fort Worth // Downtown Fort Worth, $$
Located in downtown Fort Worth, The Omni Fort Worth is a sight to behold. It’s huge, with swanky condos attached, and offers some really great views. Enjoy the lobby restaurant, Cast Iron Restaurant, for Texas-with-a-twist food; Wine Thief for tasty wine and cheese pairings; or walk over to Bob’s Steak & Chophouse next door for an upscale meal.
What’s nearby: Want something to do before or after you dine? Take the quick 3-minute walk to the Water Gardens, or trek 10 minutes over to Sundance Square to watch the fountains.
Best for: Romantic couples getaway, great views, steak & BBQ enthusiasts
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth // Downtown Fort Worth, $$
Another great spot in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, The Worthington has the perfect combination of Fort Worth flair and classic chic. The place is massive, and the rooms are very comfortable. Make sure to visit the lobby bar before ending your evening—it’s almost impossible not to make a few new friends over a cocktail or two.
What’s nearby: The hotel is an easy walk to Sundance Square! Really—it’s right across the street.
Best for: Couples weekend, rustic flair, downtown atmosphere
Great Wolf Lodge // Grapevine, $$$
Great Wolf Lodge will keep your kids having fun for hours on end. From endless waterparks and pools, attractions such as the Creation Station, (think Build-A-Bear for Great Wolf characters), a 4D movie experience at the theatre and much more, your kiddos are sure to have a blast. The Lodge also accommodates parents, with a spa, fitness center and endless dining options. And there is a suite for every family—choose from standard, themed and premium suites that hold up to eight people.
What’s nearby: Once you come up for air from the indoor water park, check out the local special events happening in downtown Grapevine, including Vetro Glassblowing workshops and roundtrip rides on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
Best for: Family getaway, girls trip
Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel // Grapevine, $$$
The Gaylord Texan Resort proves everything is a paradise all on its own. Overlooking Lake Grapevine (a sight for sore eyes at night), the resort boasts indoor gardens your children can explore, indoor pools and 10 restaurants and cafes when you need to refuel. You can also introduce a little history during your stay at the resort, as it’s home to a grand replica of the Alamo. Revisit the park during Memorial Day weekend, when the outdoor waterpark attractions will reopen, and during the holiday season for the Gaylord’s Christmas entertainment such as snow tubing and ice skating.
What’s nearby: Honestly, you won’t want to leave, but you can shop the Grapevine Mills Mall for any items you forgot to pack or, if you do want to get out, squeeze in a roundtrip ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.
Best for: Family getaway, girls trip
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West // Plano, $$$
The hotel’s design is something to admire. The spacious rooms are decorated in what can only be described as samurai-cowboy. And the massive rooftop pool on the third floor is a must-visit during the summer.
What’s nearby: Talk about a place that is in walking distance of practically everything. The Renaissance at Legacy West is in the perfect spot. Want to go shopping? There’s Tecovas, Sephora, Lululemon and J.Crew, to name a few stores. Want live music? There’s Legacy Hall and Tommy Bahama. Delicious food? Where do we even begin?
Best for: Couples getaway, girls weekend, mother/daughter shopping trip, foodies
Omni Mandalay Hotel // Las Colinas, $$$
Located on the Las Colinas waterfront of Lake Carolyn, the Omni is a luxury accommodation in Denton County. Sign up for the Omni Kids Crew program and upon check-in, your kids will receive a backpack filled with goodies like games, an activity book and binoculars. The Omni will also deliver milk and cookies to your door on the first night. A lakeside swimming pool and whirlpool is available to splash around in from 6am–11pm. Though no lifeguard is on duty, poolside service allows your family to order snacks directly to them.
What’s nearby: Available by reservation, Gondola Adventures offers Venetian-inspired gondola rides for two through the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. It’s not Italy, but this experience will hold you over until your next European vacay.
Best for: Family staycation, relaxing couples fall getaway
Texican Court // Irving, $$
Is fancy not what you’re going for? Check out this incredibly cool, chic and charming boutique hotel near Toyota Music Factory. The combination of fire pits, landscaped courtyards, lawn games and complimentary bicycles makes for a good time. Plus, the rooms have just the right amount of rustic Texas style—think finished wood and distressed leather, maybe some cowhide too.
What’s nearby: Love live music? This place is for you. Every Friday and Saturday you’ll hear some great jams out in the courtyard at the Two Mules Cantina. Oh, and did we mention there’s a tequila bar? It’s currently closed, but keep an eye out for when it reopens.
Best for: Family staycation, relaxing couples fall getaway, s’mores and tequila lovers, music fans
This article was originally published in November 2020.