Development starts on the Virgin Hotels Dallas

(The hotel, developed in a partnership between Dunhill Partners and Gatehouse Capital, is expected to open late 2018.)

Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, began construction on a new Dallas property. Dunhill Partners and Gatehouse Capital partnered with Virgin to develop the Virgin Hotels Dallas, and the development marks Virgin Hotels' second property currently under construction behind Virgin Hotels New York City. Virgin Hotels Dallas is aiming to open its doors at the end of 2018.

Located in the up-and-coming Design District on Hi Line Drive and Turtle Creek Boulevard, Virgin Hotels Dallas will have more than 200 guestrooms, including Grand Chamber Suites, and will offer guests access to multiple dining and drinking outlets, including a pool deck and bar, a rooftop lounge and the brand's = Commons Club.

"We couldn't have found a more perfect city than Dallas and a more perfect neighborhood than the Design District to continue our expansion of Virgin Hotels across America," said Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels.

Virgin Hotels Dallas will be a new build located within the 33 acres that developer Dunhill Partners and its founder, Bill Hutchinson, acquired in 2014. The hotel will be located near furniture showrooms, avant-garde art galleries, museums, antique shops and an influx of new restaurants and shops. Dunhill Partners chosen Gatehouse Capital to develop the Virgin Hotels Dallas.

The brand's first hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, is now open, with properties in Nashville, Palm Springs and New York slated to open next. Virgin Hotels is continuing to explore development opportunities in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and London.