It’s been more than two decades since we lived in the heart of Oak Lawn and sometimes we genuinely miss being within walking distance of all the bars and restaurants. Not to mention being surrounded by so many beautiful LGBTQ people.
So when the Warwick Melrose – Dallas invited us for a romantic weekend with our fiancé to check out their updated rooms and newly debuted pool and spa, we jumped at the chance to return to one of our favorite hotels while immersing ourselves in the community for a couple of days.
Besides, with the delta variant throwing our lives into turmoil again, we’re among so many people who are more interested in staycations over vacations for the next few months.
One of the things we love most about the Warwick Melrose – Dallas is the way it seamlessly blends modern amenities with its near-century-old architecture, creating a truly unique experience.
As we roamed the halls or perched ourselves in a comfy lobby chair for some prime people-watching, we could feel the history all around us. (Or maybe it was just the last round of cocktails at the Library Bar that put us in touch with spirits of a different sort.)
Indeed, the Library Bar was our defacto home base for the weekend, even though we had a gorgeous suite to lounge around in, too. Each afternoon shortly after the bar opened, we’d grab a round of cocktails to kick off our evening festivities. The first night, our 5:00 p.m. cocktails lasted until nearly midnight. A quick happy hour turned into a festive dinner date with delicious food and a live music soundtrack.
The Landmark Restaurant remains closed for dinner, so the typically limited food menu at the Library has been expanded slightly to include more Landmark-esque dishes, such as juicy beef tenderloin with asparagus and roasted potatoes. We were ecstatic from the very first bite. This was one of the best steaks we’ve had in months, which is high praise because we’re treated to some pretty incredible steaks around the city on a near-weekly basis.
By the time our plates were cleared (including one that previously held some yummy little crab cakes), the music was getting underway and memories of why we love The Library Bar so much came flooding back. Song after song, the wine at our table continued to flow and we felt all our troubles melt away. We thought we’d have to wait for time at the pool and spa to get us into a true vacation state of mind, but instead, it was covers of Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin that set the mood for the rest of the weekend.
Of course, the next day was centered around pool time and deep-tissue massages at Le Spa by Warwick Melrose. After enjoying a little bit of sun, we retreated to the second-floor spa for a steam in the separate men’s steam room before settling in with a glass of champagne while we awaited the arrival of our massage therapists.
The spa experience was delightful, which came as no surprise. It’s not the largest spa in town by a long shot, but instead more of a boutique experience with fewer treatment rooms and a more personalized approach to relaxation and rejuvenation.
Despite spending a fair amount of time in the bar or by the pool, we definitely set aside time to enjoy the luxury and tranquility of our corner suite. After a rowdy Friday night, we decided to go for a more chill vibe Saturday.
So we popped open a bottle of bubbly and curled up on the sofa with a movie. One of the many great features of the rooms at the Melrose are TVs that feature Google Chromecast, so we could mirror content from our own Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Max accounts directly to any of the TVs in the suite.
When the final credits rolled, it was time to really wind down by rinsing off in the large walk-in shower followed by 10 hours of ZZZs in one wonderfully comfortable king-size bed.
We recharged so much in less than 48 hours that we didn’t even mind when the alarm clock went off Monday morning.
Room service sure would’ve been nice, though.