Providing some uptown cool to Dallas and fresh from a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Hotel Crescent Court is a landmark hotel on a grand scale.
The soaring lobby now houses the swanky champagne bar Beau Nash and divine dining options. For wellness seekers, indulge in some pampering at The Spa at Crescent for an uptown oasis and sophisticated spa journey.
Traveller: Sally Scott
Room: Deluxe Room
Address: 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, Texas 75201 USA
Date: October 2018
Best for: Business travellers or those seeking some pampering after exploring Downtown Dallas.
The Signature factor
The Signature experience is everywhere at Hotel Crescent Court, with luxury amenities and services including complimentary transfers in a Mercedes-Benz S Class available to guests to swan about the city in style.
Originally conceived in the 1980s by developer and Texas oil heiress Caroline Rose Hunt, the Philip Johnson-designed hotel is constructed in grand French neoclassical design, creating an iconic silhouette on the Dallas skyline. During construction, 10 different types of marble were imported from Italy and Spain for flooring and counters, along with slate from Wales for the roofing. The façade is clad in Indiana limestone, eclipsing the Empire State Building in the amount of limestone used during construction. To complete the look, the hotel has the world’s largest assemblage of cast aluminium in the ornate decor and trellises that adorn the hotel’s exterior.
Fresh from a $33 million renovation, Hotel Crescent Court has been transformed into a southern belle, oozing southern style and sophistication and giving this historic hotel a modern edge.
The hotel offers an array of room types, with 186 rooms and 40 glamorous suites. The rooms have a soothing contemporary blush with a cream and grey colour palette, and style cues drawn from haute couture ideals and silhouettes of fashion.
My late arrival sees me checking in to Hotel Crescent Court just before midnight. Despite the late hour, the hotel reception team are as pleasant and chirpy as if it were morning. Feeling like a VIP, the check-in process is friendly, efficient and swift, allowing me to retire to my room for the evening with little delay. A sweep through the lobby reveals grand high ceilings, marble for days and beautiful floral displays.
The room was heaven for a weary traveller. I was greeted with a palatial room with king-size bed and a dedicated sitting area featuring an oversized lounge. (Yes, they really do everything bigger and better in Texas!)
The cloud-like bed had already been turned down for my arrival and the welcome gift of handmade chocolates was an indulgent midnight snack.
The luxurious marble bathroom features a lighted vanity and walk-in shower, with Molton Brown products.
Hotel Crescent Court has welcomed past presidents, celebrities and VIPs to its 40 suites, including the most prestigious Grand Presidential Suite. Covering 282 square metres, the suite features a spacious entry foyer, sweeping spiral staircase, grand piano and showstopping views over the garden courtyard.
Central to the apartment is a grand fireplace to warm the living room on cooler nights. A separate den offers a large work desk and sitting area with free Wi-Fi allowing you to stay connected to the office. The dining room seats eight guests and adjoins the fully equipped kitchen, where your private chef can whip up a meal of your choice. The upstairs master suite boasts a king-size bed and luxurious marble bathroom with deep-soaking bathtub, as well as a master closet and dressing area. There is an additional guest room with king-size bed, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe and The Grand Presidential suite can connect to additional Loft Suites to accommodate your entourage.
On my plate
My whirlwind Dallas schedule didn’t permit dining in-house on this occasion, other than breakfast, but the offering is seriously tempting.
Nobu is the signature restaurant at Hotel Crescent Court, where the menu naturally focuses on modern Japanese cuisine as well as featuring some uniquely Texan dishes like scallops with jalapeño salsa and Ranchero rib-eye steak. Finish with a nightcap at the glamorous lobby bar, Beau Nash. Choose from a tempting drinks list of champagnes by the glass and inventive cocktails like ‘The Stayover’: Sipsmith gin, St Germain, fresh strawberries and lemon juice with Caposaldo Prosecco.
If you prefer some old-world style, head across to The Crescent Club, an exclusive private dining club on the 17th floor of the neighbouring office tower. Access is only available to private members and in-house guests with the dining room boasting dazzling views of the Downtown Dallas skyline. The bar’s decor is reminiscent of a classic 19th-century private club; think deep wood panelling, leather bar stools and marble bar for clandestine gatherings.
I wish I could take home…
More handmade truffle chocolates – one box just wasn’t enough!
After a day sightseeing in Downtown Dallas, return for a blissful spa treatment at The Spa at The Crescent. The renovated spa offers 16 treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges, nail salon, an impressively equipped fitness centre and rooftop pool.
My 80-minute massage was supremely relaxing and nurturing. Mimi, my experienced therapist, had such a caring way about her and performed a unique stretching technique that I just loved. Afterwards, you’re at leisure to relax in the lounge and unwind before facing the outside world again. The Spa at The Crescent is a true five-star experience and is simply sublime.
Hotel Crescent Court is a great base to explore everything Dallas has to offer. Head Downtown for your fix of arts and culture at the Dallas Arts District encompassing the impressive Dallas Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the country. Across the road, the Nasher Sculpture Center features a tranquil outdoor gallery and garden to explore.
The Sixth Floor Museum is a must-visit in Dallas. The museum chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, through interactive displays, archival footage and re-enactments, and is a profoundly moving experience.
Dine Downtown in style at The French Room a glittering restaurant resplendent with gilded Louis XVI-style chairs and Murano glass chandeliers. Chef Anthony Dispensa turns out modern French cuisine with flair. The beet risotto with golden beets, pearl onion petals and horseradish gel was one of the standout dishes from the à la carte menu. Top-notch service delivered by general manager Victor Rojas and his floor staff created a faultless dining experience at The French Room.
While there is a Starbucks and casual courtyard dining option called The Conservatory where breakfast is served, coffee aficionados will want to seek out Ascension Coffee (opposite the hotel entrance) for the best flat white in town. This Australian-owned cafe also serves Vegemite toast if you’re feeling homesick.
Breakfast in The Conservatory is more suited to business travellers looking for a quick meal. Leisure travellers might prefer to opt for Ascension Coffee for a strong brew and cafe-style breakfast.
Although my stay was short and sweet, the attentive staff, stunning rooms and heavenly day spa all contributed to an unforgettable stay that has me longing to return to Dallas.
Where to find Hotel Crescent Court
Hotel Crescent Court is around a 20-minute drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Valet parking is available and complimentary house car service is available within an eight-kilometre radius, subject to availability.
Sally Scott is a travel writer and founder of luxury travel website alluxia.com, a curated collection of luxury stays in Australia. Follow along on Instagram @alluxia as they unearth hidden gems, luxury travel experiences and share the best places to stay.
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