When the Texas summer heat is at its peak, and vacation is either a goal of the future, or a thing of the past, we all desperately long for a leisurely respite to chill our nerves and our bodies. Although our fair city is not a major vacation destination, we still have the means to escape both the daily routines, and the 100 degree temperatures.
Why not consider a stylish staycation in the heart of Dallas’ central business district? Many of you may have already guessed that I am thinking of The Joule – the jewel of a hotel that has become a major destination spot since its revitalization. The neo-Gothic building boats glorious architecture of 1920’s and chic contemporary interiors designed by a world-renown designer Adam Tihany. The hotel offers an array of amenities to keep you engaged, entertained and pampered – all under one roof.
Together let’s plan a perfect week-end get away! On a Friday night you will be received in the magnificent lobby adorned with a fabulous collection of art. I suggest that you have dinner at “CBD Provisions” restaurant – an acclaimed modern Texas brasserie, noted on the Bon Appétit Best New Restaurant list in 2014. Seasonal and ever-changing menu celebrates the natural bounty and culinary traditions of Texas, while keeping a fresh modern take on the classical dishes.
After dinner, consider visiting the “Lobby Bar” for an intimate conversation and a night cap. Mid-century mosaics and the art of Tony Cragg provide a beautiful backdrop for a stylish Friday evening.
When you are ready to turn in, you will be welcomed by the comfort and luxury of your hotel room, tastefully designed to answer the most discerning tastes. Exquisite linens, cozy lighting, magnificent views and a collection of TASCHEN books will lull you into peaceful relaxation.
Why not start your Saturday with a refreshing fitness, or yoga class at the Joule’s “VITAL” fitness studio? The state-of-the-art facilities will not only invigorate your body, but will also treat your senses with rainfall showers, body sprays and deluxe spa products. Drop into a third-wave coffee shop in the lobby area and grab a fresh-roasted artisanal coffee and a delightful biscuit before you get ready for the rest of your day.
There is no need to leave the hotel. A designer boutique shopping experience is awaiting you right here at the Joule. You can leisurely browse the “highly curated cast of emerging designers and established designers at TenOverSix, Traffic LA, Dsquared2. The hours will pass by before you know it. In fact, I suggest that you stay at the Taschen Library for the afternoon tea. Surrounded by mosaics and bookcases filled with coffee-table books, you can enjoy an ideal afternoon tea experience that mixes an innovative menu, flowing champagne and a selection of exotic and rare tea blends served in dainty colorful china.
What should we do before dinner? How about a few hours at “The Spa”? The geothermal European heat experiences will take you on a healing journey. There are plenty of customized treatment options – you can fill up an entire day or just a few hours. Possibilities are endless.
After a soulful relaxation, I am sure you would like a bit of excitement. Why not spend the evening at “Midnight Rambler” – the craft cocktail salon, inspired by the dark glamour of old-school rock’n’roll? The subterranean bar invites you into its glitzy realm with an array of neoclassic cocktail offerings. You can pick from aromatic, sour-based, sparkling, shots, punches, and house-made sodas’ categories. Whether you want a few bites to snack on, or partake of a proper dinner, “Midnight Rambler” is definitely a major sensory experience.
Whether you decide to sleep in on the following day, or rise with the sun, I suggest Sunday morning would be perfect to lounge at the pool. The Joule roof-top facilities are amazing. You can treat yourself to a cool plunge in the azure waters surrounded by the remarkable views of the Main Street, and then leisure in one of the South of France style cabanas. Perhaps a mimosa, or two would help start the day.
Before you check out, I really recommend you stop for lunch at the renowned “Americano” – a vibrant Italian restaurant, probably the most famous of The Joule’s facilities. You will find yourself amidst the atmosphere of ‘50s and ‘60s Italian cinema. Indulge in nostalgic comfort classic dishes. Neapolitan pizzas, savory pastas, and a rich wine list await you. You will be leaving happy, sated and full of memorable impressions.
The Joule is not just a hotel. It is an environment unlike any other. Sleek sophistication, exquisite details, and exceptional taste make up the foundation of this vibrant business. Whether you consider a casual dinner, a high-profile party, a cocktail reception, or a corporate event – no venue compares to the style and service of the Joule. Visit www.thejouledallas.com