A great alternative to blah corporate hotels A review of Belmont Hotel
What an amazingly cool hotel!!!
Originally built in 1948, this motor-court style hotel fell on hard times over the last few decades until it was carefully restored and opened again in November, 2005. Frankly it's not located in the best part of Dallas (actually Oak Cliff); when I lived in Dallas I remember driving by and thinking it was probably a great place to score some crack or a hooker. On the upside it is wrapped around a high(ish) bluff with a phenomenal view of Downtown Dallas which is less than a, very very easy, 5 minute drive away; close to the West-End entertainment district, the American Airlines Center, Dallas' museum and cultural districts. It's also less than 10 minutes from The Dallas Children's Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical School, Deep Ellum, Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl.
The hotel grounds are beautifully landscaped and scrupulously well maintained. The rooms are done in mid-century modern style ... very spare and with a few pieces I recognized from Ikea; if you're expecting plush you'll be disappointed. They are spotlessly clean and completely renovated, but still sport (at least in my room) the original bathroom tile; it's all very well executed, but still sport a few chips and dings that have accumulated over 48 years of use. I think it added a ton of character and contributed greatly to the feel of the room, I'm sure others will see it as a sign of a budget restoration (it's not).
As I've already mentioned, the location is somewhat challenged. There are no shopping, entertainment, or dining options within walking distance. You'll need to drive to find any of these, although they are apparently in the process of building a café on the premises. I also wasn't thrilled that the only parking option was valet or an unsecured self-park lot and their internet access is pay-per use.
All-in-all a very good alternative for those not inclined towards the large "corporate" hotels and one star short of excellent only because of the lack of entertainment, shopping, and dining options in the immediate neighborhood.