Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. It’s a major business hub – oil, cattle, American and Southwest Airlines – and has many cultural venues, including the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. While downtown Dallas doesn’t lack mighty hotels, there’s so much to be said for holing up in a quiet little bed and breakfast, where you’ll be immersed in period detail and local character. Here’s our pick of the best Dallas bed and breakfasts.
Built in 1905, this grand Victorian home features a wraparound porch with photogenic Corinthian pillars and sits within lush greenery. It’s a historic property not far from downtown Dallas. Individually decorated, the five rooms have thick quilts on wrought-iron or American-oak beds, gleaming parquet floors and patterned rugs. If proof were needed that B&Bs can ooze class and elegance, this place is it – no wonder honeymooners love it.
Some B&Bs merit stars, and Alla’s deserves a resounding five. Sitting in the quaint city of Duncanville, about a 20-minute drive southwest of Dallas, this 1927 brick residence boasts several bedrooms with hardwood floors, imposing four-poster beds, lashings of classic claret upholstery and curvy bergère chairs. Start your day with an organic breakfast, juice and coffee, then visit nearby Cedar Ridge Preserve, with its trails, wildflowers and butterflies. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is only 25 minutes away by car.
About 2mi (3km) outside Dallas, in upbeat Irving, the Jefferson Street Bed and Breakfast Inn houses eight plushly furnished rooms with high ceilings and rich wood. It also has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage, complete with a living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Built in 2006, the Texas-ranch-style house sits in a historic district, home to antique shops and atmospheric streets shaded by huge trees.
A 20-minute drive from downtown Dallas, in Irving, this accommodation is not a B&B, despite its name. The Wild, Wild West Dallas Irving Backpackers’ Bed and Breakfast is actually a hostel offering a free continental breakfast. It has three dorms – men, women and mixed – with six bunks in each. If you want a friendly atmosphere and the chance to exchange travel tales with like-minded souls over beers in the kitchen, this might be the place for you.
Don’t think for a minute that this place is drab or dingy just because it has the word “hostel” in its name. Deep Ellum Hostel underwent a renovation in 2018, and it’s stylish enough to grace any interior design magazine, with bare-brick walls, dangling plants and groovy hanging lamps. It even has a cocktail bar that’s popular with the area’s residents. There are nine large mixed dorm rooms; however, if the idea of sharing doesn’t appeal to you, there are five private rooms with ensuites. Continental breakfast is included.
On a tree-lined street in upscale Oak Lawn – the heart of Dallas’s gay community – stands this characterful inn, built in 1910 in the Arts and Crafts style. It also has an adjacent cottage. The property is a time-capsule delight, crisply modern and comfy but with flavors of the distant past. For example, the Daisy room has a salvaged sink and fixtures from a 1920s property, while the Dickason room has a mid-19th-century carved bed from France. Rates include continental breakfast with pastries, fruit, coffee and juice.
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