Hyatt opens Thompson Dallas in historic building

28 Nov 2020 by Hannah Brandler
Premier King Room Thompson Dallas

Hyatt has opened its first property under its lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels in Texas, located within a restored US$460 million downtown building in Dallas.

Thompson Hotels joined Hyatt’s portfolio last year as part of the group’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality.

The 219-room Thompson Dallas is located in The National, a historic landmark designed by George Dahl – the architect behind the city’s art deco buildings of Fair Park and Neiman Marcus Downtown. Historical features include restored original wood panels inlaid with brass on the ninth floor, and 17,555 hand cut exterior marble panels sourced from the same quarry as the marble of Greece’s Parthenon. Among its 219 rooms are 52 suites and two penthouse suites, all of which feature walnut and brass headboards.

Caroline Todd of Todd Interiors was at the helm of the interior design, selecting over US$2 million of art and furnishings from Frieze London, and other internationally renowned galleries for the property. Highlights include photography by British fine-art photographer David Yarrow – who debuted his Texas Series exhibit at the hotel’s opening on November 14 – paintings by David Bates and JD Miller, and sculpture work by Raul Mourao.

Thompson Dallas features two restaurants: Catbird on the tenth floor, and Nine at The National on the ninth floor. Catbird is a full-service restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar focusing on small plates and curated cocktails. Much like the rest of the hotel, the design features art and furnishings from around the world – decor includes deGournay wallpaper, Patagonian quartzite coffee tables from Galerie BSL in Paris, and walnut and velvet seating by Mexican design duo Ad Hoc.

Nine at The National offers breakfast and lunch indoors and outdoors, while also providing services at the pool. Also located on the ninth floor, the pool features an outdoor deck and bar, private cabanas with TVs and lounge seating, and a pet concierge with a grooming centre and doggie daycare.

The hotel lobby also includes a barbershop by Derek Ortiz, and a floral design studio and workshop led by Shane Friese. There is also a 14,000 sqft ballroom on the fourth floor, featuring 24 chandeliers and three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the city.

Hotel Lobby Thompson Dallas

Still to come in 2021 are a spa and fitness centre, complete with five treatment rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, steam and infrared saunas, a nail salon, blow-dry bar, yoga facilities and a golf simulator.

Steve Shern, general manager of Thompson Dallas, commented on the launch:

“Modern-day Dallas represents a global destination for culture, gastronomy and entertainment, and Thompson Dallas personifies the evocative spirit and refined edge of one of The Lone Star State’s most sophisticated cities.

“This is a historic moment for Dallas, and we are proud to welcome guests, World of Hyatt members, customers and the Dallas community to experience Thompson Hotels’ unparalleled guest experience.”

The building will also house a range of businesses and organisations including Downtown Dallas Inc., and The National Residences, 324 luxury high-rise apartments.

The Thompson brand has five hotels slated to open across the US in 2021, followed by properties in Denver and Houston beyond next year.

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