We stay in a lot of hotels throughout the year. Mostly because it’s the only way we can get someone else to make our bed. But also because we love the entire experience of camping out in a new space for a few days, whether it’s somewhere in the Caribbean or a few miles away from home.
That’s why we started this Staycation of the Month feature in January. There are so many fabulous properties in North Texas that would otherwise go un-enjoyed if not for a little local getaway now and then. Or as a nice place we can put up our parents or other out-of-town guests when they come to visit.
Over Valentine’s Day weekend, we unpacked (more luggage than should ever be required for a two-night stay) at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities. It was already romantic to be away from home with our man for the weekend, but when we walked into our room and discovered we’d been upgraded to the Presidential Suite, the hotel’s just lucky we didn’t try to claim squatter’s rights and never leave.
This entire suite (starting at $399 per night) is almost as big as our house and can be made even bigger with an adjoining room. It also boasts a bathroom we happily spent several hours enjoying and includes a well-appointed wet bar with enough coffee to open our own Starbucks—and all the bar tools we needed to craft the most elaborate in-room cocktails imaginable. One night, we opted to stay in and watch a movie on HBO (True Lies, in case you’re wondering) rather than go out on the town. Had we wanted to, the Presidential Suite also includes a private door to the rooftop pool, which was heated to near-hot-tub levels for winter enjoyment.
The bedroom features a plush king-size bed that could almost use a step ladder to get into. Instead, we opted to take a running leap every time we wanted to take a nap or call it a night.
We recently remodeled one of our bathrooms at home to include many of the amenities we’ve enjoyed over the years in various hotel suites around the world. With the large vanity for two, soaking tub (also for two), walk-in shower (big enough for six) and private water closet, this is definitely a contender for replication next time we feel the need to renovate a bathroom at home.
Of course, to truly appreciate a staycation hotel, there needs to be an on-site restaurant that’s actually worth visiting. We had both dinner and brunch at Grain just off the lobby and can honestly say we had some incredible food at each meal. In fact, you’ll see Grain pop up in the coming weeks as a Brunch of the Week feature (hope you don’t mind spoilers.)
So if you need a little getaway that’s not too far away, definitely consider the Hilton Dallas Park Cities. Residents of neighboring Highland Park, University Park and Preston Hollow can even call in to request a special “neighborhood discount.” And if you don’t live in one of those neighborhoods, don’t worry about missing out on a bargain.
There’s a Marshall’s right across the street in Preston Center.
Hilton Dallas Park Cities
Presidential suite from $399 per night