When looking for an escape from the mundane routine of life, perhaps it is common to travel to a far away beach or a remote cabin in the mountains; but traveling the distance is not necessary to find an oasis of luxury and beauty at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, located in Dallas, Texas.

Recognized as the most celebrated hotel in Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is a world-renowned nine-story luxury property located in the heart of vibrant Uptown Dallas, in a private nook adjacent to the city’s most prestigious residential area, Highland Park.  History can be noticed throughout the property as it was originally built as a private estate, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has a heritage steeped in Dallas culture.

The original owners, inspired by worldly travels, embarked on a tour of Europe with their architect, curating antique pieces, authentic fixtures and luxurious materials.  In 1925, the opulent manor was complete, including a cantilevered staircase and the first private elevator in Dallas.

The architecture is influenced by 16th century Renaissance Italy.  Ornate interior décor is inspired by grand estates in Spain, Italy, England, France and elsewhere.  For the next 50 years, the palatial estate hosted countless society parties as the center of the Dallas social scene.

Famous guests included President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Tennessee Williams.

A few decades later, in 1979, the Rosewood Corporation purchased the property and transformed it into a world-class restaurant and hotel.  Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, the luxury hotel, was added to complement the original residence, with 143 guest rooms and suites designed with an inviting ambiance.

In 1981, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek opened with a grand gala benefiting the local arts and education communities, an early indication of the hotel’s commitment to philanthropic endeavors.  Modern design elements have been introduced throughout the years while preserving historic details.  Meticulously restored interiors, hand-carved fireplaces, marble floors and stained-glass windows preserve the estate’s original elegance.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is a destination for some of the world’s most influential individuals.  The hotel’s rich history includes presidents, royals and heads-of-state–President Gerald Ford, President Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher have all visited.

First impressions should be a lasting one, and the hotel entrance does not disappoint in the least bit.  A dramatic floral arrangement greets visitors at the entrance to the 32-foot-high marble rotunda leading to an elegantly appointed lobby with chic sofas, beautiful wall coverings, a fireplace and oversized chairs.

Continuing the upscale and lavish theme, the guest accommodations reflect the enchanting, residential atmosphere.  While the hotel holds many years of history and elegance, all 143 rooms offer modern interior styling, with stately furnishings and local art.

Part of enjoying time away from the regular work life and staying home includes indulging in world-class cuisine.  The Mansion Restaurant offers impeccable service in a setting featuring exquisite European decor along with exceptionally delicious food by executive chef Sebastien Archambault.  The Mansion restaurant currently offers American cuisine highlighted by French technique and regional ingredients to add a unique flavor.

Although the Mansion Restaurant has a Main Dining room, there are also four other areas where meals can be enjoyed.  The Library is adorned with hand-carved wood paneling and stained-glass windows while the Veranda’s high, arched ceiling and Palladian windows are highlighted by the natural sunlight, looking over the terrace and gardens. The Garden Room offers tiled floors and 19th century Spanish cathedral doors, and last but most certainly not least, the Chef’s table is private and ideal for proposals, celebrations and special occasions.

Before retiring for the night, one might spend some time at the Mansion Bar which features artisanal craft cocktails, including the famous Mansion Gin & Tonic, a dynamic re-imagination of a classic made with Junipero gin, house-made tonic, Kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit zest.  Enjoy music performances from local artists with music styles ranging from jazz and piano to rock.

For those who enjoy being outdoors, this estate provides ample space and perfectly manicured lawns lined with trees and plants, along with graceful string lights, ideal for an open-air venue for memorable weddings and special events. The Mansion Lawn, Garden and Swimming Pool are new additions to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, adorned with Italian inspired architecture throughout the garden and pool area, complementing the original Mansion estate built in 1925.

Whether looking for a quiet weekend getaway, or celebrating a special occasion, making the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek your escape to paradise is perfect for any time of the year.  Treat yourself to a culinary journey, pamper yourself while enjoying fine wine and take in the exquisite architecture of the carefully designed estate at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

By Leslie Awdykowyz

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