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The Lumen Hotel Dallas: Boutique Luxury Near SMU

Published Jun 29, 2017

On the north end of the Dallas metro area hides a boutique luxury hotel worth searching out. Hiding in plain sight steps from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in an unembellished white building is The Hotel Lumen, a Kimpton Hotel.

Whimsical interiors

Sculpture at the lumen

While The Lumen Hotel is somewhat minimalistic in its adornments, don’t think it is boring inside. Furnished in a modern and tasteful style the lobby and rooms are both comfortable and relaxed. Whimsical chrome sculptures are found throughout the hotel inside and out. Tile floors, large windows, and spotlessly clean rooms are evident. Guests can choose from twelve room types to fit their needs and whims. King interior rooms have no windows for those wanting to keep outside distractions to a minimum. The King Deluxe room with windows, some with views of the SMU campus, will let in the bright Texas sunshine. One of my favorite room choices is the Pool View King Room for those who love a pool scene outside their room.

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Room to rest


The Executive Studio is the starting point for stepping up to more amenities and space. This 360 sq ft/33.45 m² room features a separate living room, sectional sofa, and a large glass-enclosed shower. If it’s not enough, you have five more suite choices to choose from with the Grand Lux suite being the best option for Texas-like billionaires on the road. A Lone Star State sized 869 sq ft/80.73 m² will provide enough room to stampede a herd of cattle in! Well, not quite that much room, but it’s still spacious. Complete with a plush king bed outfitted with custom headboards, large soaking tub, oversized desks, a queen-sized sofa bed, and sectional sofa you will have space for friends and family to gather.

All rooms spoil guests with pillow-top beds, Frette linens, custom showerheads, Atelier Bloem amenities, 37-inch flat screen TVs, Jawbone and Tumbler clock and laptop safes. WiFi is available at a fee. However, if you sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards you not only get free WiFi but they also throw in a 10USD bar credit, and it’s free to join. The Lumen Hotel is pet-friendly in a big way. They offer any room for pets, no size limitation, and don’t charge extra, a very rare thing in the hotel world.

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Convenience and comfort


Valet parking is available and costs 22USD per day with in-and-out privileges. If you need transportation within three miles, their house car is there for your use based on availability. Other amenities include overnight laundry, dry cleaning, shoeshine service, free wine reception in the lobby nightly, and complimentary bike program to explore the city, complimentary morning coffee, newspapers, and onsite fitness center. The roof top terrace is “The Place To Be” on days when the weather cooperates. Have a glass of wine with snacks and enjoy a cool breeze with a view in this treetop-like perch. The rooftop terrace is also available for a unique outdoor meeting space for up to 120 persons. Meetings and events for groups of 10-55 can be accommodated in a recently renovated meeting room space.

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Enjoy the pool


Dallas is known for some scorching hot days in the summer. What a better way to cool off than in the interior courtyard pool? Closed for maintenance from October 11-28, 2016, the pool will be shipshape afterwards. The pool area features private cabanas and an outdoor bar and lounge area for large or small gatherings.

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Dine in Dallas


As for location, The Lumen Hotel is only four miles/6.4 km from Dallas Love Field Airport. Also nearby is Snider Plaza (with boutique shopping and dining), walking distance to George Bush Library, and three miles/6.4 km to American Airlines Center where the Dallas Mavericks (basketball) and Dallas Stars (ice hockey) play. For in-hotel dining, The Front Room Tavern offers Breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Go big for a real Texas breakfast of biscuits and gravy, or light with steel-cut oatmeal. At dinner try the roasted half chicken with roasted squash couscous paired with a glass of Truchard Carneros Chardonnay.

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With so much going for it The Lumen Hotel in Dallas is the best choice if a trip to North Dallas is in your future.

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Rooftop patio at the lumen
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Kurt Jacobson is a former chef traveling the world in search of great food, interesting people, fine wine, nature, fishing and skiing. New Zealand, Japan and Europe are his favorite international...Read more

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