Hosted review of The Joule – Dallas. Photos by Nosh and Nurture unless otherwise noted.
Walk into the lobby of The Joule | Dallas and you no longer feel like you’re in the west. The stylish hotel, located on Main Street in downtown Dallas, transports visitors to a world that embraces high fashion, individuality and style like no other.
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I experienced the Joule recently and was inspired by every unique detail. From breathtaking art installations to awe-inspiring lighting displays, it stimulates your every sense. Upon pulling up to the grand entrance I was greeted by valet and escorted inside. An eye-catching steampunk-era gear rotates as the lobby’s centerpiece and is surrounded by plush retro furniture. Videos of underground subways hang nearby, adding to its metropolitan feel. It’s an inviting space that mixes Dallas charm with a Manhattan-like buzz of electric energy.
As it was early when I arrived, and not quite time for check in, I headed to the hotel’s Weekend coffee shop. Although I was disappointed in the fact they didn’t have any gluten-free pastry selections, their coffee made up for it. I will usually splurge on a decaf latte when I’m traveling because I miss the warm drinks of my past and they offered vegan, non-soy lattes, so I was in coffee house heaven! I ordered a decaf almond milk vanilla latte (their vanilla syrup is free of corn syrup!) and enjoyed writing and reading in the sitting room area adjacent to the cafe until it was time to check in.
Once I finished making love to, er, enjoying, my delicious latte, I headed back to the lobby to check in.
After checking in, I was led to my room, the King Suite, where I was greeted with a scrumptious bowl of fresh fruit & sparkling water. When I travel, I look for rooms with separate spaces. A place to sleep, a place to read (I have an obsession with chaise lounges, I must admit) and a place to write & focus. Since most of my travels include journalism or blogging, a good desk with a comfortable chair is a must, and The Joule’s King Suite delivered all three.
From the bedroom/living area there is what I affectionately called “the beauty wing” – a large mirror greets you through an open doorway and to the right was a vanity. Though I preferred the lighting in the mirrors over the bathroom sinks, the vanity gave me a nice place to set up and organize my jewelry and accessories for the morning.
The lighting throughout the suite was one of my favorite touches. Mr. Charming and I have a thing for good, stylish lighting and we were quite impressed. The expansive rain showers would satisfy any luxury seekers needs while also serving its functionality to those just seeking a place to rinse off or belt out a good tune (the acoustics are better than any vocal booth I’ve been in). The water system took a little while to learn (three handles – one to turn the water on, one for pressure and one for temperature), but once I got it down I enjoyed the rainforest-like atmosphere as the warm water washed away the day and the ESPA spa body wash (from the hotel’s own in-house spa) that scented of bergamot, jasmine and warm cedar made me feel pampered.
For those looking to relax after the shower, the hotel does offer buttery soft bathrobes and slippers to slip into. A special extra touch that goes hand in hand with an in-room mini-bar.
After luxuriating for a while, I got ready and headed downstairs to explore the hotel. With various towers its easy to get a little mixed up, so don’t hesitate to ask a concierge for direction. The staff was amazingly attentive and helped me with museum tickets, finding my way around and dinner reservations.
I ventured up to the pool first because I had heard about this hotel’s amazing infinity pool. I took some magazines with me and headed up to the hotel’s tenth floor to enjoy the view. As you enter the pool area you first come upon a bar and a scattering of comfy cabanas, tables and chaise loungers.
The best part about the pool? The view! Swimming ten stories above downtown Dallas you can swim to the pool’s edge and out over the street below. The view below also makes for taking beautiful photos, but be careful, you never know who or what is watching you.
After reading by the pool, I made my way to the spa. ESPA is a spa that nurtures mind, body & soul and seems to align with their vision for whole body health & wellness. It partners with their state-of-the-art fitness center VITAL fitness.
After checking out the spa, I was in the mood to do a little shopping. I spent thirty minutes chatting up the girls in their on-site clothing store, Ten Over Six. Eclectic separates, colorful eye wear and on-trend accessories made up the shop of colorful selections. Their jewelry display was also quite impressive. Other shops include Traffic L.A., and one of my very favorite lines, DSquared2, season after season. I swooned in the presence of their beautiful F/W 2015 collection.
As Carrie Bradshaw famously stated “shopping is my cardio” so after browsing a while I had worked up quite an appetite. The Joule’s own CBD Provisions has an extensive gluten-free menu with many dairy-free options so I wanted to head there for a delicious hot meal and to meet up with some writing contacts in town. Americano opened just this month.
With such contrasting designs and menus, both are a must-try.
While the hotel does offer a lobby bar and the cool retro Midnight Rambler, I was sleepy from my busy day. After a delicious dinner, I retired to our room to write for a while. At the touch of a button, my window shades were drawn back to showcase the lights of the towering downtown buildings and the air was dropping to a cool and comfortable 70 degrees.
While Dallas has many sights to offer, its easy to get lost in a dreamy day of enjoying The Joule.
Butcher Block Party At The Joule October 24th
Editor’s Note: Celebrating the farmers that make great food possible, Chefs For Farmers brings the signature event of an extravagant culinary weekend to The Eye at The Joule Saturday, October 24, 7p to 10p for $125 per person. Tickets for this very special event can be purchased here.
“World-class wines, classic cocktails, cold beer, legendary chefs, and meat galore meet up for one night of libation, featuring outdoor cooking and a large charcuterie station. This brand new, 500-person event will feature local and national chefs serving up incredible butcher-themed dishes. Along with the meat offerings, patrons can sip local beer, carefully paired wines, and crafted cocktails by area bartenders, including Michael Martensen from Proof + Pantry & the new Madrina, plus special guest bartender Alba Huerta from Julep Bar in Houston.”
Chefs for Farmers also supports Cafe Momentum – a restaurant with a mission to train at-risk youth with the tools required to succeed in the culinary field, right here in Dallas.