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One does not need to venture far from the city to find luxury hotels in the metroplex. These five elegant city lodging options provide serenity and lavishness with downtown as their backdrop, making fancy tastes convenient at last.

The Joule
1530 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 748-1300

The Joule, although nestled in a 1920s neo-Gothic edifice, does not show its age. This hotel, designed by Adam D. Tihany, blends the best of old and new together using texture and vibrant colors. Walls are decked out with the works of such artists as Andy Warhol and Adam Fuss. Eye candy aside, The Joule provides what most seek at luxury hotels: a fabulous spa. The Joule invested a generous amount of money in its ESPA spa that has only recently opened. Be one of the first to enjoy beauty and relaxation right on Main Street in the heart of Dallas.

The Adolphus
1321 N. Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 742-8200


Beer mastermind Adolphus Busch could do no wrong in opening such a unique and fine establishment as The Adolphus back in 1912. This historical and magnificent hotel is ornate and breathtaking in décor and comfort. The Adolphus also adds ambiance that other hotels do not by appealing to more senses than just sight. The lobby serves as a mini-ampitheater, complete with a pianist tickling the keys with classical tunes. The Adolphus also offers afternoon tea, complete with tastes from around the world and delicate pastries to accompany the aromatic blends. This experience adds to the authenticity of traditional luxury found in few places other than The Adolphus.

The Ashton
610 Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 332-0100

Fort Worth should not be forgotten when it comes to elegance. Right in the center of Cowtown lies one of its most treasured hotels. Since 2001, The Ashton was born of two historic buildings, the 1890 Winfree Building and the 1915 Fort Worth Club Building, and given a makeover to add to its list of amenities sought after by modern travelers. Within walking distance from Sundance Square, this hotel hosts weddings, and corporate events as well as houses guests in its chic guest rooms and suites. The hotel is also the home of the infamous Six 10 Grille Restaurant.

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Hotel St. Germain
2516 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-2516

Possibly the most intimate option in DFW-area luxury hotels, the Hotel St. Germain features seven suites, packed with the utmost amenities like fireplaces, mini-bars and Jacuzzis, as well as 24-hour concierge service, butler service and valet. Suites are decorated in 19th century glamor with vaulted ceilings and royal beds, many with a courtyard or fountain view. Many things are bigger in Texas, but not always better. In the case of Hotel St. Germain, exclusivity and style are key in top rankings of luxury hotels.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559-2100

Looking for a taste of Europe in Texas? Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek boasts fine across-the-pond design and architecture and brims with antiques and unique touches of our far-away friends. Having lodged writer Tennessee Williams, and even presidents, there should be little doubt that Rosewood Mansion is anything less than top quality. The décor causes eyes to wander and wind throughout the site, from the staircases to the guest rooms to the open-air tables for dining. Class and genuine good taste reign here.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.