Last week, as I mentioned, I spent two nights in Dallas. One night for pleasure and one for business and both at the Warwick Melrose Hotel – 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, 75219.
It was not my first time to stay at the Melrose and hopefully not my last. The Melrose is large enough to have all of the desired amenities and yet small enough that everyone I encountered knew my name. I felt a little bit like a star – not sure what kind of star – but a star!
The lobby was a welcomed treat after the drive and stop and go traffic.
Travis greeted me each morning with his winning smile in The Landmark Restaurant for breakfast. I went down late enough that I got individual treatment. Only one of the benefits of enjoying a slow, quiet morning. When I’m in a beautiful hotel, I enjoyed being treated well.
This is the entry to the Landmark Restaurant.
It had numerous awards displayed. These are AAA Four Star placques.
One of the side dining rooms. I love the wall treatment.
It is ultra modern and yet feels warm and inviting. The arched windows and historic touches balance the feel well.
This was a pub height banquet table near the center of the large dining area.
Another view of the banquet.
As you may know, I love chandeliers. This was amazing. I especially like the amber and blue crystals. An unexpected touch.
Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon was my treat one morning. I ordered the hollandaise on the side. I dipped my fork in the rich sauce and then selected my bite. That way I could taste the flavor with less fat and calories. It actually works well.
While there I spent both evenings in the Library, a great (rather large) bar featuring live music. The first night I was with my sister friend for a little while before we went to dinner and the second night I was with a dear friend that works a couple of blocks from the hotel. Both times I felt as if I was in a beautiful, old home. The service was impeccable and the entertainment JAZZ as I always enjoy.
It was a great place to people watch. One man in particular raised my curiosity. He was tall with thick gray hair and wore a light colored summer suit. He was there for quite a while and one man stayed with him the entire time as others came and sat with him and left. Others stopped and greeted as they passed. He was quite sophisticated and carried himself as if he was somebody. Each time someone approached he stood and offered his hand. It was all I could do not to go over and ask if he was the infamous, powerful politician or possibly big Texas oil guy that he appeared to be. He definitely had a JR Ewing air about him. But I controlled my urge and simply made up my own scenario about him. When he left the much shorter, chubbier man left with him - not exactly the body guard type, but who am I to judge?
The rooms at the Melrose are newly decorated and done in restful bronzed neutrals. They are spacious and interesting…not the typical rectangular hotel room. Believe it or not, upon entering the room, the bathroom was not immediately on the left or right! Imagine that. It seems too many hotel rooms are alike…only the drapes and spreads are changed to protect the franchise…
I’ve often said that MY heaven will be a hotel and my room will be tastefully done. Why? Because as a mom and an on again, off again wife, a hotel represents no work for me. I don’t even have to make my own bed. If God is listening, I love the color scheme at the Melrose and all of the marble and chandeliers and carved wood. I’m just sayin…
I hope that sometime this summer you will have an opportunity to stay in a hotel and enjoy your surroundings as I did. If you plan a trip to Dallas Downtown, I highly recommend the Warwick Melrose. Summer rates are extremely reasonable.
Here’s to heavenly hotels!
P.S. Maybe one of the reasons the waiters, etc. remember my name is because I make an effort to remember each one's name and greeting them by name. It occurred to me a long time ago that they have the same job day after day and that the weary traveler is likely to see them as part of the scenery or decor. If I had their job I would want to be treated respectfully and warmly - what better way that to be called by my name.
Living with Grace…and i’m grace