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Old 11-06-2007, 12:22 PM
 
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We are spending a few days in Dallas over Christmas. I have not been there in over 20 years and we are choosing between the "Mansion on Turtle Creek" and the Ritz Carlton. We have stayed at the Ritz in many other locations and have never been disappointed but we really want to try the Mansion.

What do locals think about those two choices??

We want to go to a museum, shopping, etc. so which one is closer, within walking distance, of sightseeing possibilites?

Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:56 PM
 
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The Ritz is closer but don't let that dissuade you from the Mansion - from today's paper: Mansion takes on more modern look | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/110607dnbusmansion.356b730.html - broken link)

If you like a hopping scene, the Ritz Rattlenake Bar is smoking these days - it also has a huge patio outside.
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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The Ritz is closer but don't let that dissuade you from the Mansion - from today's paper: Mansion takes on more modern look | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/110607dnbusmansion.356b730.html - broken link)

If you like a hopping scene, the Ritz Rattlenake Bar is smoking these days - it also has a huge patio outside.
You mentioned the bar....is a "pick-up" place....is that what you mean by smoking?? We are more a upper middle class, older..40's...couple and are not interested in a joint. We prefer a more quiet elegance, some would say stuffy

Is there another hotel of this calibar in the downtown area where we could walk around and have a couple drinks and dinner? Also, walk to musuems and shopping within a short distance, not a marathon walk
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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Please look at the Crescent Court.......it's topnotch.

Dallas Luxury Hotels | Hotel Crescent Court | Dallas Downtown Hotels & Spas
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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Well, I wouldn't call it a joint and I am in my 40s also - I was there on Saturday night so other times might be more placid....the Crescent is also very nice and has the only Nobu for a thousand miles. I think the bartender's name is Ken or John - used to work at the South Beach location.

Lots of places to walk around both the Crescent and Ritz.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:08 PM
 
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There's also the W hotel W Hotels Dallas: W Dallas - Victory - Hotel Rooms at whotels.com.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:44 PM
 
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I believe in the reviews posted on tripadvisor.com--there are many current ones for Dallas hotels, including the Ritz, the Paloma, Mansion on Turtle Creek, and others...
check them out...
You also might consider something a little out of the ordinary--like a Dallas bed and breakfast--the one that caught my eye was Bailiey's Uptown Inn--something a little more personal than a hotel...all rooms have private baths and some have fireplaces...

and I believe that the use of the work "smoking" meant "very hot" as in popular, trendy, modish, enjoyable to someone looking for an up-scale attraction...not that I know the hotel in question--just the usage...
my qualification would be that a restaurant does not a hotel make...sometimes there is a distinctly opposite effect when focus is on a restaurant/bar which is to designed to encourage local traffic and their dollars and a hotel which by design is usually all about the out-of-town transient dollar...one can be sacrificed to the other...
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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I believe in the reviews posted on tripadvisor.com--there are many current ones for Dallas hotels, including the Ritz, the Paloma, Mansion on Turtle Creek, and others...
check them out...
You also might consider something a little out of the ordinary--like a Dallas bed and breakfast--the one that caught my eye was Bailiey's Uptown Inn--something a little more personal than a hotel...all rooms have private baths and some have fireplaces...

and I believe that the use of the work "smoking" meant "very hot" as in popular, trendy, modish, enjoyable to someone looking for an up-scale attraction...not that I know the hotel in question--just the usage...
my qualification would be that a restaurant does not a hotel make...sometimes there is a distinctly opposite effect when focus is on a restaurant/bar which is to designed to encourage local traffic and their dollars and a hotel which by design is usually all about the out-of-town transient dollar...one can be sacrificed to the other...
Thanks for the input. We have used many websites and reviews for hotels but there are times that "word of mouth" is the best review. We tend to stay away from B&B's, we have stayed at quite a few, because we prefer the luxury of a hotel, room service, large baths, suites, etc.

We love the history and luxury of hotels like the Driskill ( stayed in the Brazo Suite...what an awesome balcony!!!) the St. Regis in D.C. (what great service they have there) and Trump Towers in N.Y.C. (views from our suite were unreal) among many others.

Thanks again for your thoughts.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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Thanks....the rooms are a little too modern for us but thanks for the reply.
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Old 11-07-2007, 06:47 PM
 
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You might try the Fairmont. It's an older luxury hotel and in walking distance to the arts distance. Dallas Hotels: The Fairmont Dallas Luxury Hotel & Resort

The Ritz Carlton looks older here in Dallas, but it just opened a couple of months ago. My son has a bar mitzvah there coming up. I can't wait to check it out.
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