Sometimes you just need to hit the reset button and treat yo’ self to a much deserved staycation. Although the Hilton Anatole is the perfect destination for out-of-towners, we found it was the ideal spot for a getaway without totally getting away. The historic and unique hotel sits just outside of downtown (far enough away for awesome views), and recently got a resort-style makeover that we were so excited to check out.
For the past year or so, Kelsie and I have been occasionally indulging in our new favorite tradition – Treat Yo’ Self (TYS) Weekends. For those of you who are equally as obsessed with Parks and Recreation as we are – you should be very familiar with this sacred concept. If not, binge-watch it on Netflix like NOW and pay special attention to this episode. Although we’ve never played hooky from work to spend a day at the mall, our weekends usually consist of trying a new restaurant, ordering all the dessert, or venturing out of the $10 section of the wine aisle.
A staycation is pretty much the epitome of the TYS idea, and our weekend at the Hilton Anatole was the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. The first night there set the tone for our visit with a mind-blowing meal at the hotel’s topnotch restaurant, SER, on the 27th floor. It’s no secret that Dallas knows a thing or two about steakhouses, and they’re a dime a dozen, but SER, led by executive chef Kevin Spencer, puts an innovative (and fun) spin on steakhouse classics.
We kicked things off at the bar with the expert mixologist, Colin, who makes a mean Negroni and let us a try a few new cocktails, including one dubbed “No Shadow” that’s topped off with Chambord foam. Even if you can’t make it to dinner, you have to pay a visit to Colin and sip some amazing craft cocktails.
Per usual, we let the waiter and the chef take the lead on dinner and were blown away a little more by each dish. My fave starters were the tartare deviled eggs and the romaine ceasar salad, which you HAVE to order and figure out the secret ingredient ;).
The cuts of meat were some of the best we’ve had, and the wagyu “spinalis” practically melts in your mouth. Sides are served family style, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t order the mac n’ cheese.
After the starters, mains and sides, I thought it was physically impossible to eat anything else. But, this WAS a TYS dinner, therefore we HAD to get dessert and decided on the Millionaire Pie, which was surprisingly light and refreshing after such decadent dinner. BRA-VO, SER. Did I mention the whole dinner was set to the backdrop of the Dallas skyline?
We spent the next morning in the Anatole’s fully equipped fitness center, probably sweating red wine, then refueled with a little room service breakfast before hitting the main attraction – the resort-style pool, JadeWaters. Naturally, we split our time between the swim-up bar (hi, adults!) and the lazy river (we’ll never grow out of that). Although there’s not a designated “Adult-Only Area,” the separate pool with a stocked bar was the perfect oasis to sip on Skinny Piña Coladas. Put the cherry on top of your Treat Yo’ Self day and rent a cabana…or go down one of the winding water slides….or both.
The rest of the time was spent exploring the sprawling property and its unique collection of art and antiques. Seriously, the Anatole basically doubles as a museum. And, with five restaurants on location, we really had no reason to leave until reality approached on Sunday. Our weekend at the Hilton Anatole was one of the best Treat Yo’ Self weekends to date and one that I’m confident Tom and Donna (of Parks and Rec) would be proud of. Whether you’re vacaying or staycaying, book a room at the Hilton for a unique home-away-from-home with a resort touch.
The Hilton graciously provided all accommodations, but as always, all opinions are our own.