The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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The Belmont Hotel
Low key, mid-century contemporary hotel built in 1946 in Oak Cliff with fabulous views of Dallas. Four buildings house 68 retro-style rooms and suites, lobby lounge, meeting rooms, and Cliff Café restaurant. 901 Fort Worth Ave. tel. 866 870 8010. www.belmontdallas.com

The Magnolia Hotel
Modern hotel in a vintage office building represents the return of cool to downtown. The city's emblem, the red Pegasus, flies atop the roof. 329 rooms with fitness center, lounge with library and billiards, meeting facilities. 1401 Commerce St. tel. +1 214 915 6500. www.magnoliahotels.com

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The Adolphus
"The premium posh hotel in downtown."—Nancy Nichols, food and travel editor, D Magazine. Lauded for a century for its elegant decor and refined dining in the French Room. Baroque building offers 422 rooms and suites, complimentary Wi-Fi and afternoon tea; only two blocks from the original Neiman-Marcus. 1321 Commerce St. tel. +1 214 742 8200. www.hoteladolphus.com

Hilton Anatole
Riding high over the Dallas Design District and the Dallas Market Center, this massive hotel complex boasts a stunning art collection, seven-acre sculpture park, three swimming pools, multiple dining outlets and cocktail lounges, health club and spa, and 1,606 guest rooms, including 128 suites. 2201 Stemmons Fwy. tel. +1 214 748 1200. www.anatole.hilton.com

Warwick Melrose Hotel
A historic landmark, this 1924 Oak Lawn favorite is close to the Uptown and Highland Park districts.184 guest rooms and suites; marble baths and high-speed Internet connection; Landmark Restaurant and Library Bar. 3015 Oak Lawn Ave. tel. +1 214 521 5151. www.melrosehoteldallas.com

Adam's Mark
Big but well-run hotel in a landmark building near Central Expressway and the Federal Courthouse. The 1,840 guest rooms include more than 200 suites in four designs; fully equipped fitness club with indoor and outdoor swimming pools; excellent views of the city from the lofty ChaparralRestaurant. 400 North Olive St. tel. +1 214 922 8000.

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Hotel Palomar
Renovated former Hilton, now a boutique hotel known for its holistic spa and over-the-top service; pets welcome and any whim indulged. 198 rooms; Frette linens; zebra-print bathrobes; 32-inch plasma TVs and free Wi-Fi. 5300 East Mockingbird Ln. tel. +1 214 520 7969. www.hotelpalomar-dallas.com

ZaZa
Off-the-wall boutique hotel has established a stronghold in Uptown; fabulous spa and in-room amenities-M&Ms at bedtime and a Shag Kit (condoms, etc.) in the minibar basket. 153 rooms and suites; lush bedding; lobby bar and Dragonfly restaurant. 2332 Leonard St. tel. +1 214 468 8399. www.hotelzaza.com

Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek
A favorite among celebrities and business moguls; known for its over-the-top service and European styling. 143 rooms, including 16 suites; private balconies; swimming pool; fitness center; world-renowned restaurant; lively bar. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. tel. +1 214 559 2100. www.mansiononturtlecreek.com

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Known as home to the TPC Byron Nelson Golf Classic on the PGA tour, this contemporary hotel has 397 guest rooms and suites; 18-hole championship golf course; indoor/outdoor tennis facilities, four swimming pools, jogging paths, and fitness center with personal training staff. 4150 North MacArthur Blvd. Irving; tel. + 1 972 717 0700.

Rosewood Crescent Hotel
Seven-story design evokes style of the French Second Empire. The 220 rooms have French doors opening to iron balconies with pool or courtyard views. Uptown location overlooking the Arts District; adjacent shopping complex; and top-rate dining at Nobu, on ground floor. 400 Crescent Ct. tel. +1 214 871 3200. www.crescentcourt.com

W Dallas-Victory
"It's cowboy cool without the kitsch."—Nancy Nichols. 252 large rooms; bathrooms with rainforest showerheads; Signature W beds; Bliss Spa; 33rd-floor Ghost Bar; Living Room Bar off the lobby; and Tom Colicchio menus at Craft Dallas, on the ground floor. 2440 Victory Park Ln. tel. +1 214 397 4100. www.starwoodhotels.com

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Ritz Carlton Dallas
New to Dallas in 2007, this luxury hotel became an immediate hit thanks to deluxe limo services and Fearing's Restaurant, with its seven distinctive dining venues. 218 rooms and suites; huge spa with Prada Beauty Experience; Ritz Kids Program; 24-hour business center. 2121 McKinney Ave. tel. +1 214 922 0200. www.ritzcarlton.com

Hotel St. Germain
"You want rose petals on the bed? You'll have rose petals on the bed."—Nancy Nichols. An intimate, small hotel on the old Millionaires Row in Uptown pampers the romantic traveler. Seven suites; two parlors; two dining rooms; and champagne bar. 2516 Maple Ave. tel. + 1 214 871 2516. www.hotelstgermain.com

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