Hotel ZaZa was the pioneer of the concept suite, offering swanky themed rooms to guests looking for a more intimate — and exciting — stay. President Benji Homsey never fails to amaze with his accommodations, and he pulled out all the stops for his latest project: bungalows in the State Thomas Historic District in Dallas.
Starting July 26, visitors or staycationers can book a room — or several — in one of the two renovated historic homes at 2501 and 2505 Thomas Ave.
"We looked at the design from a residential perspective; we want to make you feel like you're home," says Homsey, who credits Kim Miller with Design Duncan Miller Ullmann and ZaZa CEO Charlie Givens for helping with the decor.
The furniture was purchased from local stores, including Uncommon Market, Lost & Found and David Gilbert.
Each of the bungalows has six rooms, with an interior courtyard connecting the two buildings. The exterior provides a Nantucket-meets-New Orleans feel, in contrast to the modern, eclectic interiors.
"This will be great for business and wedding parties, because they can just take over both complexes," Homsey says.
"At Hotel ZaZa we love to offer something fresh, new and different, like with our suites," Homsey says. "We have the demand, so we took the opportunity to develop something different."
"We bought the property a year ago and thought, 'We'll see what we can do with it,'" Homsey says.
But he didn't realize the land was in a historic district, and the parameters were much stricter in terms of renovation.
The bungalows' exteriors fit right into the neighborhood, providing old-Dallas charm.
In the corner bungalow, the upstairs room has a huge living area, two bathrooms, an annex bedroom, and one room with two beds.
"It was made for the girls," says Homsey, suggesting that it would be perfect for a bachelorette party.
There are two rooms in the front, back and upstairs of each house. The corner bungalow has half-kitchens, and the second has townhome-style units with full kitchens.
All of the bathrooms have white marble and clean lines, for a sleek but livable feel.
The only themed room in the bungalows is the hippie room — tucked in the back of the corner house — with printed wallpaper, patterned throws and pillows, and India-inspired decor.
Although only one of the bungalow rooms has a theme, you can see that unmistakable ZaZa touch in every space.
All of the rooms in the second bungalow have full kitchens for guests who like to cook.
Bungalow guests enjoy full Hotel ZaZa amenities. There is also a ZaZa bungalow golf cart, which can take them to and from the hotel and around the area.
The rooms are priced from $350 to $2,000. Call 214-468-8399 or visit the Hotel ZaZa website for more information.