The Joule Dallas hotel is nearing the completion of its two-year, $78-million renovation and expansion of five interconnected downtown Dallas buildings. The Joule, named for the international unit of energy, occupies a revitalized 1920s neo-gothic landmark building on Main Street. The work of designer Adam D. Tihany, the hotel is filled with furnishings and original artwork from Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss and Richard Phillips.
Tihany's contribution to the recent expansion of The Joule was informed by Texan culture. The vision for the 32 additional guestrooms in the second tower follows his original hotel inspiration — Jules Verne's “Journey to the Center of the Earth” — and retains the modern feel of the 129 rooms in the first tower, bringing the total to 161 guestrooms. In addition to the new 21 Premier Guestrooms and eight Deluxe Suites, three ultra-luxe penthouse units have been created. Two penthouses are multi-level, each with a private terrace, and the third occupies an entire top floor, offering panoramic views of the city.
The expansion almost tripled the hotel's meeting space to more than 14,000 square feet with the addition of two new ballrooms, three additional meeting rooms, a pre-function area to the existing ballroom level, and a rooftop terrace. The literal highpoint to the event space expansion is the rooftop Joule Terrace, which features a climate-controlled pavilion with retractable roof, entry via glass elevator shaft and skyline views. Each meeting room has wireless Internet access, a digital audio/visual system and touchscreen audio/visual controls.
In addition to the new guest rooms, penthouses and communal spaces, the property includes a cantilevered glass rooftop pool and a bespoke lobby environment. The hotel has many amenities such as a subterranean spa by ESPA, a TASCHEN Library and retail by TRAFFIC Los Angeles and TENOVERSIX.