(Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa)It's true what they say—everything is bigger in Texas, from the homes to the hotel rooms. Case in point: the 12 one-and-two bedroom suites at the chic Hotel ZaZa, a boutique property in Dallas's landmark State Thomas neighborhood. Set on a shady boulevard lined with Victorian-era houses, the Bungalows, as they're called, range from 600 to 1,200 square feet and have full kitchens, living rooms, and private patios. In fact, nearly all of them are more spacious than my Brooklyn apartment, making them a real home away from home in the most literal sense.
(Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa)But size isn't the only thing the Bungalows have going for them. The brainchild of ZaZa developer Charles S. Givens and interiors firm Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, the suites are both inviting and interesting, approachable yet discerning. No two are alike: design elements include a vintage trunk lid from a 1960’s Volkswagen Beetle, an egg-shaped freestanding tub by Victoria + Albert, and life-size fiberglass-and-pâpier maché sculptures of women scattered throughout.
(Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa)Just next door, guests dine at the hotel proper thanks to Dragonfly, an animated restaurant with plenty of personality. There's a counter-height surface plastered with Fornasetti wallpaper that peeks out from behind luxe leather loveseats, dark gallery walls that pop with a mix of gilded frames, and a cluster of utilitarian bulbs that hang overhead. Consider us convinced: in this case, bigger is definitely better.
(Courtesy of Dragonfly)