Upcoming hotels announce opening dates

The interior design of the Thompson Dallas was overseen by Cindy Zelazny of Interiors Limited and Caroline Todd, owner of Todd Interiors. Photo credit: Gus Schmiege

Several notable hotels are set to open across the country in the coming months.


Dallas-based Todd Interests is set to open the Thompson Dallas on Nov. 14. The property is located in the historic George Dahl-designed The National building and is part of the largest adaptive reuse project in the history of Texas. 

The interior design was overseen by Cindy Zelazny of Interiors Limited and Caroline Todd, owner of Todd Interiors. Architecture and design were overseen by Merriman Anderson Architects and landscape design by SWA Group. 

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Originally designed by George Dahl, the architect responsible for the art deco buildings of Dallas’ Fair Park and Neiman Marcus Downtown, The National's historic elements include restored original wood panels inlaid with brass that line the walls of the ninth floor and the original 17,555 hand-cut exterior marble panels sourced from the same quarry as the marble used for the Parthenon. More than $2 million of art and furnishings from Frieze London, PAD London and other galleries were selected by interior designer Caroline Todd and are spread throughout the property. These include David Yarrow photography, paintings by Dallas artists David Bates and JD Miller, sculpture by Raul Maura, and furniture designed by Barlas Baylar, Hervé Langlais and Ad Hoc. 

The Thompson Dallas has 219 rooms and two restaurants. The fourth floor National Ballroom has 14,000 square feet of uninterrupted space and direct load-in capability. Two acres of indoor-outdoor space on the ninth floor include a spa, a fitness and wellness center and a resort-style pool, as well as the hotel’s breakfast and lunch space. Catbird, a restaurant, lounge and rooftop bar, is on the 10th floor. The culinary program will be led by culinary director Jeramie Robison, formerly of Uchi and The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; and director of restaurants, bars, and events Jonathan Geffrard, a 12-year veteran of Hillstone Restaurant Group.

Other Thompson Dallas amenities include the Tondeo Hair Lounge, a three-chair barbershop helmed by Derek Ortiz, as well as a floral design studio and workshop, The Botanical Mix, both located in the hotel’s lobby. 


The former Riviera Palm Springs is set to reopen as the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs on Dec. 1. The 398 guestrooms and suites have been renovated, and the property has a new St. Somewhere Spa. Other public spaces include two pools, several tiki-hut inspired cabanas and more than 40,000 square feet of event space.

Related: California resort to rebrand as Margaritaville

Margaritaville will continue to be managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts following the completion of the renovation and rebranding effort. Margaritaville’s portfolio of lodging concepts continues to expand on the West Coast with two properties currently under brand conversion in San Diego


Sandestin (Fla.) Golf and Beach Resort will start 2021 with the opening of the new Hotel Effie Sandestin. Facing setbacks due to COVID-19 that delayed the 2020 opening, Hotel Effie is now confirmed to open Feb. 1.
The 250-room hotel has a spa, a fitness center and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Public spaces also include 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Hotel Effie announced earlier this year an exclusive partnership with Georgia-based chef Hugh Acheson, who has conceptualized four culinary outlets for the hotel.

The property is managed by Highgate and is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.

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