Inside the long-awaited facelift of Dallas’ historic Warwick Melrose, including a resort-style pool and luxury spa
DAllas’ Warwick Melrose Hotel has been located on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road for almost 100 years. The historic building, which was once the Melrose Court Apartments in 1924, was designed by American architect CD Hill in the elegant Sullivanesque style. While preserving its historic features, including a wrought-iron mail depot used by its former residents, the iconic Dallas hotel has just launched a magnificent renovation. From redesigned rooms and suites to the first-time addition of a new luxury spa and resort-style pool, the Warwick has retained its historic character while modernizing its spaces with chic, contemporary decor.
Stepping into Warwick is like stepping back in time. Tunes by Frank Sinatra and other classics are played as the lobby takes you back in time with its marble floors, giant chandeliers, and vintage touches. I’d long heard of the hotel’s incredible Library Bar and happy hour martinis, so I jumped at the chance to rediscover a destination that has been a part of Dallas history for so long.
What’s new at Warwick Melrose Dallas
In the guest suites, the rooms are still stately and traditional, but with new modern touches. In particular, the bathrooms have been updated with modern glass showers, marble floors, new vanities, toilets and mirrors. In-room entertainment now includes Chromecast with Google TV so guests can watch whatever they want. There is a feeling of high comfort with separate living areas including a small kitchen and a dining area.
Outside, a new 1,225 square foot resort-style swimming pool was added for the first time in the hotel’s history. With lounge chairs, cabanas, dining, and an on-site bar, the serene setup will be a huge draw for travelers and restaurant owners alike.
In a newly constructed two-story building next door you will find Le Spa. Warwick Melrose’s first full-service luxury spa features two beauty lines (the anti-aging marine-based natural skin care formulations of Valmont and Phytomer), a sparkling new salon, steam rooms, and six treatment suites. Services include massages, waxing, facials (think Valmont’s signature energy ritual) and body treatments (try Phytomer’s Detoxifying Marine Body Wrap), as well as hair and body treatments. nails.
For those looking to host their wedding or event at Warwick, the Uptown Hotel has just completed the Turtle Creek Ballroom on the first floor (below The Spa) with towering 30-foot ceilings.
Have a drink at the library bar
Be sure to grab a cocktail or a glass of wine at Warwick’s Library Bar. Untouched during the renovation, the classic setup still has a timeless aesthetic, with live piano music and shelves filled with literature, naturally. Order an Old Fashioned or a martini (any time of the day) with crab cake and a charcuterie board for a well-spent Library Bar visit.
The Library Bar also offers a happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with wines by the glass and signature cocktails at half price.
Have breakfast at the Landmark Restaurant
Down the hall from the Library Bar, the Landmark Restaurant is currently open for breakfast and lunch. A revamped breakfast menu includes omelets (try the Texas omelet with homemade chorizo), smoked turkey mince, smoked salmon, and more. You can also order from the all-day room service menu for things like tortilla soup, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
The Warwick Melrose has always been a historic Dallas gem, but with its recent facelift, it’s proving to be a must-see destination today for a break, a spa treatment, or a drink at the bar.