Dallas Arts District's first hotel opens with showpiece art collection
The first hotel in Dallas' Arts District is now open: Hall Arts Hotel, developed by Craig and Kathryn Hall, founders of Dallas real estate company Hall Group, opened on December 3 and is now taking reservations.
The hotel has 183 rooms and 19 arts district-inspired suites; a rooftop pool; a big art collection; and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Rooms are done in soft, neutral hues with floor-to-ceiling windows, and boast luxe amenities such as Frette linens and Natura Bissé bath products by La Bottega.
Guest rooms and hallways display photos of the Dallas Arts District, which were compiled by Meadows following the conclusion of the Arts District’s "Through the Lens" photography competition.
The images were compiled into a coffee table book titled Through the Lens: Dallas Arts District, from which all proceeds will go back towards the Dallas Arts District Foundation's grants fund, which provides grants to local arts organizations to program throughout the district. The book went on sale on November 11, and can be purchased at www.dallasartsdistrict.org and museum stores throughout the neighborhood.
The hotel's in-house eatery is Ellie's Restaurant + Lounge, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-room dining with live music and entertainment five nights a week.Executive chef is Eric Dreyer, whose menus are inspired by Napa Valley. The restaurant is located atop the lobby's open-air second level with an adjacent lounge and outdoor terrace overlooking the Texas Sculpture Walk.
HALL Arts Hotel offers over 6,000 square feet of meeting and events space inclusive of two multi-purpose salon spaces, the HALL Arts Boardroom, a 2,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom (able to accommodate up to 250 people) and outdoor Urban Garden. Each space is equipped with advanced technology, scenic views of the surrounding streetscapes, and commissioned artwork.
The property collaborated with former chief curator of the U.S. Department of State’s Arts in Embassies Program Virginia Shore and longtime art advocate and Hall Group curator Patricia Meadows to curate a collection of specially commissioned pieces.
Highlights include a piece at the hotel entrance by Alison Watt, a contemporary Scottish painter known for her realistic depiction of drapery and figures; Spencer Finch’s "Asteroid," an ethereal light installation hanging overhead in the dining room of ELLIE’S that visualizes Finch’s experience of natural phenomena; Lava Thomas's "Resistance Reverb: Movements 1 & 2" in the lobby’s entryway, a nod to the historical use of tambourines by protestors and advocates during times of activism and, through both the color and instrument, depict the Women's Marches in 2017; and works by Antonius-Tín Bui, a queer, gender-nonbinary, Vietnamese-American artist based in Houston whose work explores the topics of intergenerational trauma, self-identification and how race relations affect culture.
HALL Arts Hotel is managed by Latitudes: Lifestyles by Crescent Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World collection.
"The HALL Arts Hotel is the first hotel to open in the Dallas Arts District, one of our city’s greatest treasures, and I cannot think of a better location to be opening a boutique hotel of this caliber, surrounded by Pritzker Prize-winning architecture and celebrated arts venues," says Craig Hall in a statement. "I look forward to welcoming guests and the Dallas community to experience all that the neighborhood and hotel have to offer this December."
Hall Group includes several subsidiary brands: Hall Park, the 17-building office park in Frisco, Texas; HAll Arts, the mixed-use development in the Dallas Arts District that includes KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts, Hall Arts Hotel and Hall Arts Residences; Hall Wines in St. Helena and Rutherford, producing Bordeaux varietals; Walt Wines, producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals; and Senza hotel, a Napa Valley boutique hotel and luxury resort.