I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
The hotel’s valet is curbside; they quickly gathered my luggage from the trunk and walked me through the art-filled lobby. Before booking this hotel I was aware the property had art installations throughout, but I was still delighted by the interesting art tastefully done for guests to experience. The front desk sits in the middle of the lobby and I was promptly greeted and checked in. The elevators are down a long corridor and hidden toward the back, but it helped that art lined the walls and guided your way.
My deluxe suite was located on the fifth floor and was exceptionally large for a one-bedroom suite. Entering into the suite’s main living room, there is dark wood flooring and cream-colored walls. A large, geometric-designed rug sat under a full sectional couch and club chair facing a 47-inch, flat-screen television, all under a bold chandelier. I found myself sitting here most of my stay, watching a bit of sports and getting work done, although the desk was large, had plenty of electrical plugs and on it sat a complimentary bottle of red wine and gourmet chocolates in a beautiful crystal jar.
The bedroom is a large room dominated by a king-sized bed with luxe Sferra sheets. Atop the side tables were extra plugs for charging; however, the touchscreen lighting feature was not that intuitive and took me about five minutes figure out. The full-length mirrors enclosed the large closet, which had extra cushion hangers, greatly appreciated, and a plush robe — all made for a woman in mind! A large flat-screen sat across the room, alongside plenty of space for your personal items.
The bathroom is located on the other side of the living room, but is well worth the walk. All black and grey stone and marble, the bathroom has a large double sink and marble vanity with lots of open space and lighting surrounding the large mirrors. Niven Morgan products especially crafted for the Joule were offered. Enclosed in frosted glass is a rainfall shower with seating for a full spa experience — one of the best showers I have experienced.
If you are looking for spots to eat and drink the property has it all. After a day of meetings, I recommend a casual cocktail at Lobby Bar, surrounded by the larger-than-life art. If you are looking for a night out, the Midnight Rambler has a hot spot feel and is fun for a date.
CBD Provisions is the on-property restaurant and the modern twist on Texas favorite dishes was a delight to try — so much so, I dined for breakfast and dinner!
The property also boasts different wellness areas, including The Spa and a roof top heated pool. The gym is high-tech and open 24 hours, but I also suggest taking advantage of VITAL, a fitness studio on the property that has spin, boxing and more.
1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
tel 214 748 1300
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