September 30, 2023


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5 Dallas-Fort Worth hotels lauded in Travel + Leisure’s 2023 World’s Best Awards

Five exquisite Dallas-Fort Worth hotels have earned nods in the 2023 edition of Travel and Leisure’s highly coveted “World’s Best” list.

Winners of T+L’s awards are decided by more than 165,000 readers who completed World’s Best Awards survey in 2023. Each hotel was critiqued based on their rooms and facilities, their location, guest service, food, and overall value.

The DFW winners, in order, are:

  • No. 1 – Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
  • No. 2 – The Ashton, Fort Worth
  • No. 3 – The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
  • No. 4 – Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection, Fort Worth
  • No. 5 – The Joule, Dallas

Resting on its laurels as the winner is Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, a storied luxury hotel in Uptown Dallas. The iconic 142-room Mansion sits on more than four acres of land, bringing lusciously green views to guests looking for memories on the estate.

“Voters loved the Mansion Restaurant for its elegant setting and French-inflected American cuisine, while the pool was a highlight for the resort-y vibe it adds to the property, despite being located just minutes from Downtown Dallas,” the report says.

Not surprisingly for a grand beacon of old-school, old-guard Dallas prestige, the Rosewood Mansion has seen countless national dignitaries and celebrities as visitors or residents who enjoy the regal, refined aesthetic.

“Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is glamour writ large, set within a palatial circa-1920s manor that has hosted such high-profile guests as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Tennessee Williams,” the report says.

Rosewood Mansion ranked No. 3 in Travel and Leisure’s2022 report of the best Dallas-Fort Worth hotels.

In another win for Uptown Dallas, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas rises into No. 3 in 2023, after ranking one spot lower in 2022. This hotel is a sophisticated combination of Southern hospitality and elegant aesthetics, embodying the vision of Dallas as a “vibrant destination” for travelers. It’s central location is vital to this concept.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas puts hotel guests near the city’s top attractions, including American Airlines Center, the Cotton Bowl Stadium, and the House of Blues Dallas,” the hotel’s website touts. “And the vintage McKinney Avenue trolley stops in front of the hotel, carrying visitors to nearby shopping, restaurants and attractions throughout Uptown Dallas.”

Rounding out the top five as the newcomer in Travel and Leisure’s rankings is The Joule. This downtown Dallas hotel possesses a neo-gothic vibe that was carried over from its past life as the Dallas National Bank.

“Aptly named after the international unit of energy, The Joule brought a charge to downtown Dallas when it opened in 2008,” their website proclaims.

Opulent amenities guests can enjoy at The Joule include a four-star spa, popular rooftop pool bar and full-service summer pool cabanas, four different acclaimed restaurants and bars, and a library.

Sitting in second and fourth place in the report are Fort Worth’s The Ashtonand Hotel Drover, Autograph Collection. Like Dallas’ Rosewood Mansion, The Ashton is also over a century old. Unique to this boutique hotel, guests and visitors can enjoy an afternoon high tea service on Saturdays by reservation only.

The Western-glam Hotel Drover is a relatively new hotel in Fort Worth (it’s only been in operation since 2021), but it has been at the top of several hotel recommendation lists and made last year’s T + L World’s Best list.

Photo courtesy of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is consistently ranked among the world’s best hotels.

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