Fairmont Dallas – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 18 January 2013
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Everything is bigger in Texas, and that saying goes for the state’s hotels as well. DSC_0161 If you think I’m just saying that, simply look at photographs of the gala opening of the Fairmont Dallas hotel 41 years ago, which, among other things, featured two baby elephants that heralded the soup course and later reappeared pulling a coach carrying singer Robert Goulet.

Since then, the 545-room Fairmont Dallas has been in the thick of things, hosting fundraisers, debutante balls, and conferences, as well as an artist-in-residence.  I knew that the hotel was big, but I had forgotten that it was so big that it actually had a hotel within a hotel in it, the Fairmont Gold floor.

I had no sooner arrived by taxi than I was escorted to the Fairmont Gold reception area on the 18th floor, followed by a bellman with my bags.  Check-in was quick and painless and I was soon shown to my room.


My Fairmont Suite had a rather expansive living room and bedroom. DSC_0913 The bedroom was dominated by a king-size bed and an elegant chest-of-drawers capped by a flat-screen television. The living room was contemporary and comfortably furnished, with a separate dining area that could seat four.  I could have hosted a cocktail reception for at least 15 people.  Next time I will plan ahead.

I’ve always found Fairmont’s beds to be very comfortable and this one was no exception.  Following an excellent night’s sleep I woke up refreshed and ready to explore the city.

The marble bathroom had a tub with shower despite a recent renovation but I liked the fact that the hotel didn’t play hide the blow dryer or hide the bathroom. DSC_0920Both items were exactly where they needed to be and I didn’t have to open drawers and cabinets to find either one.


The expansive granite-topped writing desk was considerately devoid of the many pamphlets and books that so many hotels today leave on what should be prime working space.  The ergonomic chair had numerous adjustments and I found a handy instruction sheet inside the desk.  Complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, for Gold Floor guests as well as for members of Fairmont’s Presidents Club guest loyalty program (join at no charge at check-in), was more than sufficient for e-mail, web surfing, and watching videos.

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