Downtown ain’t what it used to be…or is it? A celebrated mid-century landmark (that once played host to the likes of Lucille Ball and Tina Turner) is poised to restore the district to its former glory—and then some. Here’s why you should be super pumped that The Statler is back after a 16-year hiatus.
See that guy up there? Yeah, that’s Conrad Hilton (yes, that Hilton). He originally opened The Statler in 1956 as one of Hilton’s first convention properties, and the hotel was largely credited for putting Dallas on the map as a major destination for business and pleasure. Cue the “When I was your age, I got a martini here for a buck fifty” anecdotes when you treat your grandpa to a cocktail in the near future.
Y’all, this is big: Graham Dodds, aka Dallas culinary royalty, is heading up the hotel’s food and beverage program. So far, there’s already Overeasy, an upscale diner serving an egg-centric menu and gourmet coffee, and an underground cocktail den dubbed Bourbon & Banter. Three more spots are soon to follow: the Asian-fusion spot Fine China, Scout (a giant bar and adult rec room with bowling lanes, Ping-Pong and live music) and a rooftop poolside lounge called Waterproof. We’ll be stalking The Statler’s Instagram to keep tabs on when each opens.
Downtown Living Options
If you haven’t noticed, downtown is undergoing a major renaissance—which means before long everyone’s going to want to move into the neighborhood. The Statler features 219 apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with rent starting at $1,360 a month. The best news? Residents can totes can take advantage of hotel amenities—the pool, bowling alley, room service, dry cleaning and housekeeping—that typically aren’t available for renters.
Serious Staycation Potential
The central location downtown is walkable from the Dallas Farmers Market and across from Main Street Garden. Oh, and did we mention the pool cabanas on the rooftop? Rates are rolling in as low as $205, and if you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, a stay here can technically be considered historical sightseeing. We’ll save you a seat at the pool.