Hilton’s upper-upscale brand Curio Collection has expanded with the addition of Dallas’ Hall Arts Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel boasting an art collection to rival any gallery.
Now, as it joins Curio Collection, we take a closer look at what this art-filled property has to offer.
A location rich in cultural highlights
Located within the 28-hectare cultural patch in downtown Dallas, a few steps from the strikingly angular Meyerson Symphony Center – designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect IM Pei – the Winspear Opera House and the Dallas Museum of Art, the 183-room property is the brainchild of Craig and Kathryn Hall.
Owners of Californian wineries Hall, Baca and Walt Wines and founders of local real estate company Hall Group, the couple are no strangers to ambitious projects, and their vision here was to, as Craig put it, “create a contemporary art-filled space where guests could feel inspired throughout their stay while experiencing all of the amenities and services of a luxury boutique hotel”.
A gallery-worthy art collection
Under the watchful eyes of local firm HKS Architects and New York-based Bentel & Bentel, the design takes on a relaxed but quietly luxurious mood; floor-to-ceiling windows shed light onto Frette linens, Natura Blissé bath products by La Bottega and neutral hues that form an understated backdrop to the hotel’s impactful art collection.
This was assembled by Hall Group curator Patricia Meadows together with Virginia Shore, the former chief curator of ‘Arts in Embassies’, a programme run by the US Department of State. It includes a diverse selection of works by a roster of both established and emerging artists. As such, pieces by the likes of Welsh conceptual sculptor and filmmaker Cerith Wyn Evans mingle with work by artists Antonius Bui, Eva Rothschild, Spencer Finch and Yamini Nayar among others, while the corridors and guestrooms feature local Arts District photography.
The hotel’s 183 rooms include 19 Arts District-inspired suites, such as the 719 sq ft Showstopper Suite or the striking Grand Finale Suite, which overlooks the Wyly Theatre from its tenth-floor perch. Meanwhile, executive chef Eric Dreyer serves up informal coastal dishes of simple, farm-fresh ingredients at Ellie’s Restaurant + Lounge, the second-floor dining spot that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inspired by Craig Hall’s late mother, Ellie Hall, the drinking and dining space has live music and entertainment five nights a week, while an art-filled outdoor terrace overlooks the Texas Sculpture Walk.
Elsewhere, 6,000 sq ft of meeting and event facilities feature two multipurpose salon spaces, the Hall Arts Boardroom, a 2,500 sq ft Grand Ballroom (which can accommodate 25 people) and an outdoor Urban Garden.
Managed by Latitudes: Lifestyles by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the property certainly boosts the Arts District’s offering. Craig Hall concluded: “We are delighted to expand upon the luxury experience guests have come to expect when they come to our hotel by joining the Curio Collection.”