We have stayed at the Anatole many times over the years, but this last visit was the best we have had. The pros 1. First off, the Anatole, even though it has been around for many years, is in impeccable condition. The check-in and lobby areas are very nice, as the spacious rooms. The beds are really comfortable (think Westin heavenly bed comfortable), and the down blankets are coxy. 2. The Anatole is right in the middle of all the action. If you are catching a Mavs game, American Airlines Arena is less than two miles away. The Galleria is a 10 minute drive, and downtown, uptown and Knox-Henderson are an easy drive. My favorite mall, Northpark, is 10 or 15 minutes away also. 3. Nana on the 27th floor is one of the best restaurants in Dallas. I would compare this 5 star restaurant with the very best in Dallas, like The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Abacus or Stephen Pyles. We enjoyed the chef's menu recently, and the homemade pasta was so incredible that I ate it separately from the esquisite poached lobster that it was served with, because I didn't want the lobster to compete with the pasta. Have you ever had pasta upstage lobster? This pasta is that good! 4. I know we are in the south, but you sometimes take Southern hospitality for granted. The Anatole shows you with their service why they are one of the premier 5 star hotels in Dallas. Henry at the front desk immediately makes you feel at home, and his suggestions for activities are spot on. Matt, the manager on duty when we were there went above and beyond our expectations to make sure our stay was memorable. Watch out Conrad Hilton, Matt is gunning for your job! The cons The only con I can think of is actually a plus for many people. The hotel is huge, like The Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas huge. Of course, that allows for the many amenities that make this hotel so great, so I guess it is a wash. This is no intimate little boutique hotel, but their service will leave you feeling like you stayed at one.
This hotel is totally different than the usual hotel stay. I travel quite a bit and was very excited to stay at Hotel ZA ZA, as I had heard wonderful things about it. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was really comfortable and just "cool" in every aspect. The decorations in the room and the hotel overall were very unique which is what makes the hotel special. I also love that the room had a white noise fan that really put me out and if there was any noise, I never heard it. The only thing I would caution is the nightlife there is definitely for the younger crowd so if you're thinking you're going to the bar to have a quiet evening its a very hopping and happening place. If you're into that scene then you'll love it.
I was a little concerned after making reservations because of a few of the other reviews that I read. But I like to give the benefit of the doubt and am so delighted that we tried it anyway! Yes, it is an older hotel, if you know and understand that you will totally enjoy the stay! The facilities are VERY clean. The hotel employees went well beyond their means to make your stay as enjoyable as possible! The Walt Garrison grill was great as well as the Bistro's breakfast buffet!. Those were the only two places at the hotel that we had a chance to eat at! I feel pretty confident that the others are just as GREAT!! We definitely will be staying there again!