The Vibe: Midcentury Marvel.
The Area: Downtown Dallas.
The DNA: When The Statler Hilton Dallas debuted in 1956, it set the standard in the Texas metropolis. The landmark property’s recent renovation masterminded by local firm Merriman Anderson Architects consolidated its footprint yet kept its splendor intact. “The design is an ode to the innovators who not only brought the midcentury gem to life in 1956, but who also continue to write its history today,” says principal Adam Jones. While homage is paid to the – now – The Statler Dallas‘ past, a warm materiality shows up in the masculine-inspired lobby thanks to restored black terrazzo floors and existing white marble panels. The Pan Asian gastropub Fine China is one of six eateries onsite, but stands out for its romantic reinterpretation of the Jet Age across three dining rooms. The minimalist but refined concept mirrors the Statler’s new overall aesthetic, but features whimsical notes inspired by storefronts and food stalls of Hong Kong markets. Custom light screens crafted from repurposed metal scissor gates and roasted ducks suspended in the window of a duck oven further immerse guests in an authentic street food experience. The restaurant’s 30-foot-long communal table anchors the open interior with wood elements such as walnut bartops and roughhewn cedar beams adding uniformity to the space. Welcome surprises from the original design were also uncovered—most remarkably in the hotel’s former nightclub, where a 40-foot-long Jack Lubin mural was found. The artwork is now located in the lobby in tribute to the romantic roots of the Statler.
Suite-Me-Up: Guestrooms, too, have been reimagined and condensed from 1,001 rooms to 160 with 289 residences. Soft and inviting, they are imbued with warm wood tones and brass, chrome, and bronze accents, while corridors boast mail chutes that were unearthed from the restoration.
Seen: Hospitality Design
Accolades: Historic Hotels of America
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 159 rooms & suites (47-121m2) (506-1,302 sq ft) • hotel opened: (originally Dallas Statler Hilton, 1956) • architecture & interior design: Merriman Anderson Architects • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible