For couples whose idea of romance is a kaleidoscopic cityscape at night, peered at from a veritable jewel box room hovering above the streets like a mythic, art-adorned bird’s nest, the new Thompson Dallas will make your honeymoon dreams comes true. Urbane newlyweds can pack their glitziest duds in shiny suitcases for their stay at this downtown Dallas hotel, a haven of glossy marble, blue-lacquered walls, gleaming brass, teakwood panels, midcentury furniture, artful shapes and stellar service.

Occupying an historic building, a circa-1965 skyscraper designed to look like e pin-striped suit that once held status as the tallest in Dallas, The Thompson Dallas has a laid-back palatial vibe, more like a cabinet of eye-popping curiosities and moan makers than merely a place to sleep. Indeed, this fantasy hotel, a realm of luxury, will coax honeymooner to stay within, taking advantage of its pampering amenities, including a rooftop pool, art gallery, state-of-the-art gym, hedonistic spa and various restaurants.

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Where to Eat:

Reserve a table sky high at Monarch, hovering above the city on the building’s 49th floor. Helmed by two Michelin star chef Danny Grant, the buzzy eatery proffers rustic, robust Italian fare. For sushi and sake lovers Kessaku nourishes the soul on the 50th floor in a space so posh it calls out for tuxedos and sequin garb.


Where to Drink:

Make it Catbird, a fantastical bar with a storybook feel, delectable tapas and a unique riff on cocktails. Couples will love the namesake Catbird, a Cazadores Reposado, Campari and Grapefruit Foam libation, perfect for toasting your new life together. Nibble on fried Brussels sprouts, then end with a flame dessert.


The Spa:

Couples will want to book the Thompson Spa After Hours, a two-hour experience, featuring a 50-minute couples massage, complete with candles, rose petals, a charcuterie board and champagne. Afterwards, enjoy private after-hours access to the spa’s Eucalyptus Steam, infrared saunas and private skyline terrace. A private dinner or caviar service in the spa may be added to this package. From $1,500. To book a room or spa reservation visit,

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The Splurge:

Monarch offers a formidable wine list. True oenophiles will want to order one or more of its 65 vintages of Château Mouton Rothschild (1945 – 2010).


Room to Book:

Go for the 1,324-square-foot Thompson Suite for its stunning city views, lavish bathroom and common spaces.


Three Romantic Things to Do in Dallas:

Do a photo shoot at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Ride the gondolas in Irving with Gondola Adventures.

Take a chocolate tour with Dallas by Chocolate.