The first day of my road trip was the most eventful so far with vintage thrifting (more on this later!) and my first time in Dallas. I had the pleasure of staying at the Magnolia Hotel located in downtown Dallas.* The hotel building is what was once known as the Magnolia Petroleum Building, home to one of the icons of Dallas–the Flying Red Horse . Built in 1922, the building was the first skyscraper in the city. The Pegasus was finished a year later and was later restored in 1999.
The Magnolia Hotel of today is modern with great bones. One of the first things I noticed was the restored elevator area, which featured original marble walls, an old timey mail chute and ornate ceilings. The hotel does a good job at incorporating historic aspects while keeping things contemporary. The Magnolia Hotel is a modern one with a historic twist, which is perfect for travelers wanting the comforts of home with a taste from the past.
One of the many things that the Magnolia Hotel does well is preserving their history. For example, the 24th floor is restored to its former 1920s glory, with wood panel walls, old heavy doors and grate radiators. There’s no added cost to staying on this floor, it just has to be requested. Even the historic floor has modern touches throughout. So, no sleeping on a 1920s mattress, because, you know, that would be terrible.
If you’re looking for a more modern stay, there’s 24 other floors to choose from with a variety of options from guest rooms to extended stay suites. Prices start at $125, which is a pretty good deal if you consider the location, the history and the modernity of the hotel.
The views were one of my favorite parts of staying at the Magnolia Hotel, which offers sweeping views of Dallas. During my stay, I went up on the roof to see the Flying Red Horse up close, which was by far one of the coolest things I’ve done in a long time. Overall I had a great stay at the Magnolia Hotel and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Dallas or just wanting a little getaway!
*I received a one night free stay at the Magnolia Hotel. I am not being paid to write about the hotel.