Grand Openings: Texas Three-Step

  • Photograph by Eric Laignel
    Dallas’ new Joule. Photograph by Eric Laignel
  • Ritz-Carlton hotels.
  • Photograph by Carter Rose
    The recently reopened Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa. Photograph by Carter Rose
  • Photograph by Eric Laignel
  • Photograph by Carter Rose
<< Back to Robb Report, January 2009

A cantilevered, fluorescent-blue swimming pool juts from a rooftop deck at the Joule, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel that opened in downtown Dallas in May. After spotting the pool from 10 stories below on Main Street—and encountering two massive rotating gearwheels in the hotel’s lobby—you might take in stride the round beds and zebra-print carpet in the Demi-Joule guest rooms and the vibrant red pool table in the Penthouse Suite. If Charlie Palmer at the Joule (the hotel’s fine-dining venue) and the original Neiman Marcus (150 paces up the block) cannot tempt you from the suite, you can order Palmer’s bison rib eye through room service and have the Joule’s personal shopper at the department store deliver a pair of Manolo Blahniks to your door.

Also new in Dallas is the Ritz-Carlton, where the city’s most prominent chef, Dean Fearing, has opened its hottest restaurant. The bar at Fearing’s Restaurant has become a gathering place for Dallas locals and guests of the hotel, which features 218 rooms and a 12,000-square-foot spa.

A new spa and restaurant are among the additions to the Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, which recently reopened in uptown Dallas. Originally decorated by Dorothy Draper in the 1930s, the property’s penthouse was reinvented by the late designer’s namesake firm and now rents for $20,000 per night. The Joule, Dallas, 214.748.1300, www.luxurycollection.com ($370–$5,000); The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, 214.922.0200, www.ritzcarlton.com ($245–$11,500); The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, 214.871.7111, www.stoneleighhotel.com ($245–$20,000)

From Around the Web...
Photo by Wildestanimal/Getty Images
A biology professor at Brown University finally makes it to Darwin’s paradise…
Photo by Andrew Plumptre/Getty Images;
Adventurers can go on their own safari in Rwanda through Abercrombie & Kent tour company…
When traveling to Chicago for America’ Cup this June, stay in one of these four exceptional hotels…
Photo by Jennifer Cawley
The famed surfer’s signature line will be available exclusively at One&Only Resorts…
Photo by Mila Bridger
The first Dawn off the line commanded $750,000 at Florida’s famed charity wine auction…
Five classic New York City hotels for a perfect stay during the races…
From Whistler to the Alps, reach new heights with these superlative heli-ski programs…
Photo by Evan Joseph
Guests can customize the color palette and request their favorite linens…
After the big game, take off in time for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am as part of this premier package…
Many resorts are romantic by their very nature—here are the best of the best…