Last week I was given the opportunity to do a little staycation with some blogger friends at a new Dallas boutique hotel called Chijmes (pronounced chimes, as in wind chimes). I went in expecting a quiet night, movie, and early bedtime, but I left with so much more appreciation for boutique hotels, my own travel experiences, and a full and happy heart.
Located in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas right down the road from one of my favorite breakfast spots, Jonathans is Chijmes, the passion project of Andra Maldovan and her late son, Keaton. Inspired by their travels and named after their favorite restaurant in Singapore, Chijmes has the air of family, adventure, and love. Andra started traveling with Keaton as a child, and their dream for this hotel evolved. After a serendipitous discovery of an abandoned 1940s church, Andra took action, and Chijmes began to take form. Today it is finally open to the public and houses many remnants and keepsakes from Andra and Keaton’s travels. Each room is named after a place they have visited and designed around the art, furniture, and tokens from their travels.
Every detail about this hotel was incredible. I had the opportunity to visit almost all of the 12 rooms to see the incredible detail put into each and every one. Details like different blankets, color schemes and all the way down to the diffusers providing the scent to each room were unique to each culturally-inspired suite. When you enter, you are transported to a luxurious version of each location, and each suite is an experience in itself. The themes ranged from Marrakech to Paris to Nairobi. Andra’s travels are something to be admired, and for one night, I got to see Tulum from her perspective in my suite.
After touring the property I had nothing less than high expectations for dinner. Walking into the event space (formerly the church) I was impressed by the sheer size of the space, complete with the vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows. Even more exciting was the decorations by the Chijmes staff meant to transport us to Morocco for an evening. Our authentic Moroccan dinner was served on a floor level table surrounded by floor pillows and poufs. Everything from the candles to the food was stunning and no detail was overlooked. We even had macaroons provided by We the Birds with gold painted prints on them!
My experience was better than expected and more than I could ever ask for. If you are looking for a personalized experience in a truly unique boutique hotel in Dallas, I highly recommend looking up Chijmes, the coolest Dallas boutique hotel.
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