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BEYOND THE ORDINARY – THE THOMPSON HOTEL DALLAS

By Maggie Halligan

The lights of the First National Bank tower had been dark for nearly a decade.  This iconic skyscraper was completed in 1965 and, at that time, was the tallest west of the Mississippi River.  The building was the product of a clear competition between the Republic Bank and the First National Bank.  Today, it remains one of the tallest buildings in downtown and it is protected by the National Register of Historic Places. This historic landmark, now referred to as simply “the National”, is a mixed-use property and host to the Thompson Dallas Hotel (a Hyatt brand), more than 300 luxury apartments and two restaurants.  The building was purchased in April by real estate investment firm Todd Interests, who initiated the $460 million restauration, which included removing and restoring the historic marble on the building’s façade. 

At every step of our stay, the staff was absolutely fantastic!  The lobby boasts a mid-century modern flare with a ton of books and artifacts throughout.  Each peace has a story.  Beginning in the lobby and continuing throughout the property, you will enjoy over $2 million worth of artwork. 

The average square footage of the guest rooms is 700 square feet, which is the largest in the area.  There are 219 rooms, including 2 penthouses (2,000 sq ft), 2 Thompson Suites (1,100 sq ft) and 18 corner suites.  The rooms have a masculine feel with grave attention to detail.  Even the bathrooms were impressive and featured D.S. & Durga amenities.  Oh, and lets not forget the most important feature, the hotel is pet friendly!!!

The boutique spa and fitness center focus on wellness.  The spa is set to open this month and the indoor/outdoor gym space will feature live fitness classes. 

What  was once the main bank lobby has been transformed into a grand 14,000 square foot ballroom with 20 foot floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views of Dallas.  The best part about the ballroom is the lack of columns and the flexibility to divide the room into six unique spaces.  In addition to the Grand Ballroom, there are four additional meeting rooms to accommodate groups of various sizes. 

For your dining experience, Michelin-starred chef Danny Grand has plans to launch two restaurants in the building, scheduled to open March of 2021.  Monarch and Kessaku will be located on the 49th and 50 floors and will surely be Michelin contenders.  Monarch will be a wood-fired modern Italian restaurant and Kessaku will feature a sushi and cocktail bar.  Currently open, the hotel is host to The Nine and Catbird.  The Nine is a casual venue, located on the 9th floor and open for breakfast and lunch, leaving it available for special events in the evening.  This space has the ability to offer an indoor/outdoor experience as well.  Catbird is an indoor/outdoor venue featuring small plates and cocktails.  This is a very unique “must see” and we do recommend that you make your reservations in advance. 

Finally, the 9th floor pool us an urban oasis with private cabanas.  The perfect summertime location for cocktails and fun in the sun. 

Whether you are visiting Dallas for the first time or live here and in need of a “staycation”, I highly recommend considering the Thompson Dallas for your stay.