The HALL Arts Hotel opened its doors this week in the Dallas Arts District. Developed by Craig and Kathryn Hall, proprietors of California’s HALL, WALT and BACA Wines and founders of Dallas-based real estate company HALL Group, HALL Arts Hotel is the first hotel to open in the district.
Designed by HKS Architects with interiors by Bentel & Bentel, HALL Arts Hotel offers 183 guestrooms, 19 suites, a rooftop pool, a restaurant, events and meeting space, and a fitness center. Each room reflects the property’s sophisticated style with soft, neutral hues and floor-to-ceiling windows. With a passion for the arts woven into the DNA of the property, HALL Arts Hotel offers a diverse collection of works that celebrate established and emerging talents. The property collaborated with former chief curator of the U.S. Department of State’s Arts in Embassies Program Virginia Shore and longtime art advocate and HALL Group curator Patricia Meadows to curate a collection of specially commissioned pieces.
Highlights in the collection include a piece at the hotel entrance by Alison Watt, a contemporary Scottish painter known for her realistic depiction of drapery and figures; Spencer Finch’s “Asteroid,” a light installation hanging overhead in the dining room of ELLIE’S that visualizes Finch’s experience of natural phenomena; Lava Thomas’s “Resistance Reverb: Movements 1 & 2” in the lobby’s entryway, a nod to the historical use of tambourines by protestors and advocates during times of activism and, through both the color and instrument, depict the Women’s Marches in 2017; and works by Antonius-Tín Bui, a queer, gender-nonbinary, Vietnamese-American artist based in Houston whose work explores the topics of intergenerational trauma, self-identification and how race relations affect culture.
The guestrooms and hallways feature local photographs that showcase scenes of the Dallas Arts District, which were compiled by Meadows following the Arts District’s “Through the Lens” photography competition.