One of the best weekend options for budget-minded travelers is Hyatt Summerfield Suites Dallas/Lincoln Park (8221 N. Central Expwy., 214/696-1555, www.bradfordsuites.com, $109 d). The 161 spacious rooms include kitchens, and the hotel offers a continental breakfast daily. Located in the heart of Dallas’s tony Park Cities, the Summerfield Suites is only 10 minutes north of downtown and is within walking distance of the fancy NorthPark Mall.
A surprisingly affordable and worthy option downtown is Hotel Indigo (1933 Main St., 214/741-7700, www.hoteldallas.com, $119 d), a 14-story National Historic Land-mark that previously served as the Dallas Aristocrat and one of the original Hilton proper-ties. Appealing to travelers who favor the “boutique concept,” the Indigo approach is somewhat refreshing, with seasonally updated color schemes and artwork. The hotel offers free wireless access, a fitness center, and guest rooms with hardwood-style flooring and spa-style showers. A breakfast package is available for $10 more per night.
Just north of downtown near the comfy Oak Lawn neighborhood is the Radisson Hotel Central Dallas (6060 N. Central Expwy., 214/750-6060, www.radisson.com, $119 d). The 300 rooms feature the chain’s signature plush bedding along with free high-speed Internet access. Other amenities include a nice indoor/outdoor heated pool, a fitness cen-ter, and free shuttle transportation within a five-mile radius.
Marriott City Center (650 N. Pearl St., 214/979-9000, www.mariott.com, $119 d) is a nice downtown option in the Arts District. Business is a key term here—the “City Center” is an atrium with retail shops and an ice skating rink, and the hotel itself is appealing in a corporate way, as opposed to family friendly (you won’t find a pool or free buffet or even complimentary Internet service). Notable amenities include an impressive gym facility, maps with suggested jogging routes, and live music during happy hour.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition