In 1923, The Stoneleigh was a concrete Beaux Arts masterpiece. Shortly after opening, it was touted as the most modern building in Dallas, Texas. At 11 stories, it was the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi. In 1936, the addition of a 7,200-square-foot duplex penthouse attracted the wealthiest Dallas socialites as residents (the longest-running was Hard Rock Cafe founder Isaac Tigrett). Over time, the hotel went through a series of ownership transfers and larger residences were split into hotel rooms and suites. After a cool $36 million renovation and facelift in 2006, this historic property is now managed by Le Méridien.
The reception desk is adjacent to the main entrance. Just beyond this, there is a small contemporary lounge area and bar.
In total, there are 103 rooms and 71 suites at The Stoneleigh. Given the compact size of the common areas of this hotel, I couldn't believe how spacious my room was (375 sq feet). The walk-in closet in my room was practically the size of a second bedroom. The wall behind the bed was covered in the most gorgeous blue and white fabric wallpaper.
There was a spacious shower and tub combination in the bathroom. The subway tiling and marble floors gave the whole bathroom a sophisticated feel. The body wash was by Malin+Goetz.
There is a daily service fee ($28) at this hotel, which does not include the other options breakfast, WiFi ($15), nor valet parking fees ($31). If you find a good room rate online, remember to factor this in before booking.
Perle on Maple is the on-site French restaurant. I didn't dine at the hotel and opted instead to eat elsewhere in Dallas. At the bar, the happy hour Old Fashioned, featuring Old Overholt 100 proof rye, chicory-pecan bitters, and maple syrup quenched my thirst before meeting up with friends for dinner.
Outside of the doors in the main lobby, you'll find the guest pool. It is located next to a condominium complex, so the area didn't feel as private or as nice as I was hoping it would be. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my afternoon soaking up the sun.
I used a combination of public transit (bus) and Uber to get to downtown Dallas. Both were easy. Downtown Dallas has a handful of interesting shops, including Taschen books.
The Katy Trail, an old railroad line turned into a paved public trail for recreation, is right around the corner from the hotel. It’s a great place to walk or run, but if it’s too hot outside, The Stoneleigh has a 24 hour gym.
Solo travelers, business travelers and couples.
Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. It’s north of the city center and within walking distance to Uptown’s best bars and restaurants. There is a public bus stop outside of the hotel’s main entrance and just to the left that will take you downtown. Despite what locals might advise, you can also take the Orange DART from DFW Airport Station to Victory Station and walk to the hotel.