Adolphus compared to The Magnolia A review of Adolphus Hotel
Having stayed extensively in Dallas on business, I wanted to post a few comments about the Adolphus, specifically compared to it's next-door neighbor, the Magnolia. This is based on over 20 stays at each location, plus a few scattered stays at other nearby places like Sheraton and Renaissance. First the negatives: The decor is old and outdated; the rooms specifically just don't have a luxurious feel to them. Also, I find it lacking for a place to enjoy a drink with fellow travellers. The Rodeo Bar has friendly staff but not much else to offer. Thankfully Jeraboam is around the corner and has a great martini bar and isn't a bad place to catch a game and some upscale food and drinks. Another downside is they don't have a consistent points program relationship; I have occasionally gotten some American Air miles but this is specific to the company I work with and is a sporadic offering. Next, though this seems trivial: I hate the clutter in the bathroom; not enough space for my bag and to many little ceramic knick-knacks in my way. Last, compared to the Magnolia's two movie channels, the Adolphus has only HBO. Now the good stuff: GREAT food. Everything from their hot wings, fresh berry cup, onion soup, an incredible apple/cheese/spinach salad, and roast chicken with risotto, the food is outstanding. Of course, it costs the usual room service high $, but is much better for the money than any other room service in the area. The location overall is good: I never have to wait on a cab, and all within walking distance are the West End restaurants, other bars/restaurants, the Kennedy memorial, and Neiman-Marcus. Next, the staff is great: well-trained, responsive, helpful, and unerringly polite (I think another poster with a problem encountered a rare exception or was confused about where he stayed). One little thing I like: fast (though small) elevators; never a long wait for them. Cost-wise, I get a business rate of around $120, which this is well worth, but I'm not sure what normal RAC rates are. Overall, I pick the Adolphus over the Magnolia hands-down, though you might check out my Magnolia review to compare for yourself. And FYI, I haven't tried the Fairmont, so I can't compare it.