ho doesn’t absolutely love the dreamy idea of staying at a century old Texas mansion…especially one that sits majestically on a neighborhood hill in the heart of Dallas? Upon your arrival at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, you will feel like a personal guest entering a “private residential ambiance” at the evocative estate-turned-extraordinary-hotel. Recognizing its value as a precious gem that sparkled with grandeur opulence in Dallas history, Rosewood acquired the property in 1979 to protect the luxurious site and expand into an exquisite restaurant, bar, and 142-room hotel. The mansion’s iconic history, charm and affluent style was preserved in the magnificent transformation. The veranda was enclosed in glass to create more indoor dining, still leaving a spacious terrace area designated for seating and events. A pool, fitness studio and additional special event areas were added. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, the property recently unveiled a must-see spectacular and perfectly serene redesign. The Mansion’s indicative quatrefoil motif is cleverly echoed in visual elements. Suggested guest experiences and local excursions stay current and on trend with local culture. Solo travelers, couples, families, business executives, and celebrities all love to wine, dine, and stay at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Guests are graciously welcomed with warmth and smiles by the hotel valet attendants. They are polished, professional, and also quite proud of Duncan, the grey feline “guest greeter.” For well over a decade the hotel cat (with attitude!) sits perfectly poised at the hotel entrance, with a rhinestone encrusted dish and a petite brass bed…complete with linens. At check-in, you’ll find unmatched customer service. I quickly became intrigued with the rare dedication of the accommodating staff and the number of years each of them has been with Rosewood. I made it a point to strike up a conversation with just about every employee I encountered to inquire how long they have been with The Mansion. Many have been there for decades…up to 42 years! A happy, well-trained staff certainly makes all the difference!
Entering the rusty-pink stucco estate, you are visually transported to a European destination. No expense was spared as the original owners and architect traveled relentlessly to gather ideas, purchase architectural elements, and collect elaborate furnishings and accessories from all over the world. The 10,000 square foot mansion had all the grandiosity of a 16th century Renaissance Italy estate and one of the first private elevator residences in the area. A glimpse into the entrance, peeking back through the pair of 19th century Spanish cathedral carved wooden doors, showcases the famed cantilevered staircase and the two Rosa Verona marble pillars dating from the 1500’s. The stunning craftsmanship in every treasured detail of the original residence is fascinating!
A room of peaceful indulgence…a soothing monochromatic palette mixed with muted touches of color…oversized black and white architectural photos framed in black, gold, and eggshell. Luxe linens, a mix of damask and mahogany wood paneled walls, leather furnishings, and pretty mirrors. No less than a thousand decorative upholstery tacks perfectly streamline design details. My favorite touches…like jewelry throughout…the glamorous satin hardware and oh that white oval tub! I loved using the signature toiletries at this hotel. The air fills with a fresh, earthy scent as the hot water falls from the rain shower while lathering with La Bottega’s (D.S. & Durga) Cowboy Grass products. The tongue-in-cheek label reads…”Perfect for robbing banks on horseback.” Well…hmm…that’s certainly an adventurous thought to start the day! Room service delivered a picture-perfect breakfast with a fresh coral rose…and the best homemade whipped cream for my coffee!
It’s the little things. The unassuming, deepest midnight blue linen cocktail napkin squares that add a touch of elegance under every drink. It’s the big things. The welcoming smiles, sparkling eyes, the stories, and trivia ready to be shared by every bartender and barback. It’s connection. The engaging and entertaining Texas margarita lesson, savory seasonal bites, signature cocktails, a curated wine list, weekday social hours, and live music weekends. The estate’s original kitchen and dining room transitioned into the now famous bar. Fashionable silhouettes are poised in the sultry lighting among various textures. Sitting areas are candlelit and inviting with rich velvets, wood paneling, wallpaper, art in gilded ornate frames, comfortable leather, and the amber shades of circular leaded glass windows. The poetic chatter of various languages is a confirmation…this destination is internationally embraced.
The Mansion Restaurant
Over the top luxury! The original library and living room of the estate were transformed into their fine dining restaurant. Completely surrounded by architectural beauty (oooh that ceiling and fireplace!) and an impeccable staff, I enjoyed the company of at least five elegant gentlemen overseeing my dining experience. Attentive and amazing…teamwork and professionalism at its finest. Personable and humble Chef de Cuisine Brenden Frankel took the time to sit and chat about his culinary experience, lavish dishes, and delectable flavors.
The Terrace, Fitness Studio, Pool & Event Spaces
The warm rusty pink stucco, whimsical tree lanterns casting magical light, decorative patio tables, cozy fireside lounge seating, and a view of the Turtle Creek neighborhood create a memorable outdoor experience. You don’t have to miss a workout…utilize the modern health and fitness studio! Take the time to wind down and relax by the glamorous pool. Designated spaces with various “personalities” are tucked in different areas of the property for your special event!
Experiences & Excursions
Before your stay, speak with the hotel concierge on the most current suggested experiences and excursions based upon the season and availability. For instance, plan for a driver to deliver you to the colorful tile steps of Highland Park Village that lead upstairs to the creative world of Miron Crosby for a “Boot Experience”. You will find yourself in a very well-branded atmosphere (complete with mini bar) and a delightful staff ready to assist amidst their gallery of artistic boots. Sister owners Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means are living their best life influencing footwear and beyond. Choose from gorgeous boots in stock or have fun designing a custom pair! An exclusive tall dress boot was designed in honor of Rosewood Mansion’s recent 40th anniversary. Open their branded box to the rich smell of fine leather. The boot shaft is scattered with the recognizable quatrefoil motifs which are visually repeated throughout the hotel, and the icy blue piping runs down the side of the soft cognac and cream leather. Miron Crosby carries boots for the entire family, so consider making this a part of your Dallas adventure!
Traveling with kiddos? How fun would the slumber party option be? Treats, movie night, monogrammed pj’s, balloons, etc! When arranged ahead of time, “Rosebuds for Children” amenities are available!
Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek is known for their exquisite fresh floral arrangements and magnificent blossoms strategically placed throughout. Want to know more about their floral partner and learn how to design your own arrangement? Avant Garden offers a private class at their Dallas studio. Create a colorful bouquet to enjoy during your stay.
The current “Lexus Experience Amazing Drive Opportunity” allows guests to test drive in luxury, and the hotel also offers complimentary Lexus sedan service within five miles of the hotel. My driver was informative and fun!