JW Marriott Dallas Arts District opened its doors on July 26 in the cultural arts district of Dallas. The hotel is within walking distance of prominent attractions like the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, Moody Performance Hall, and the Winspear Opera House, in an area that holds the “Cultural District” designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts. The hotel joins over 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 35 countries and territories worldwide.
“Much like the introspective way guests explore the hotel’s neighboring cultural institutions, JW Marriott Dallas Arts District will provide travelers with even more ways to enjoy every moment to the fullest and find inspiration and moments of mindfulness during their stay,” says Bruce Rohr, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott, in a prepared statement.
Collaborating on the architecture and interior design, hospitality design leaders HKS Inc. and Looney Associates ensured the hotel’s aesthetics showcased more than 20 original artworks, representing the nuances of the North Texas region. The 267-room hotel boasts three restaurants, two lobby spaces, and over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A showpiece mid-air pool and deck with cabanas offer views of downtown Dallas and its Arts District neighbors, many of which are historic museums and performance venues. The 11th floor sky lobby, a double volume museum-esque space, houses monumental original artworks, including a brass and metal installation by local artist Chris Judy, evoking imagery reminiscent of sheet music, delicate harp strings, and the chandeliers in the Winspear Opera House.
Culinary enthusiasts will enjoy three elevated dining venues, each with its own connection to the surrounding artistic community. Margaret’s, a ranch-to-table restaurant on the 11th floor, pays tribute to philanthropist Margaret McDermott, a devoted supporter of Dallas’ fine arts institutions. The menu at Margaret’s revolves around seasonal flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Vincent’s Sky Lounge, inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” offers a captivating atmosphere for guests to enjoy cocktails and bites with views of the Dallas night sky. In addition, 800 North, the street-level cocktail lounge provides a comfortable space for cocktail hour and light bites.
The hotel features banqueting and ballrooms, including the Harwood Ballroom, spanning 7,870 square feet, with a contemporary “knife’s edge” ceiling detail for lighting, inspired by Dallas’ iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The 3,000 square foot Flora Ballroom also has a custom ceiling design mimicking undulating sound waves. For a simpler environment, the Blank Canvas Room, known as the Pearl Room, is a 3,555-square-foot, all-white space with hardwood flooring.