A Business Traveler's Guide to Dallas

When you're stuck in a new town on business, it helps to have the inside scoop on where to eat and where you can make last minute copies for that early morning presentation--at midnight. Whether you are looking for a centrally-located hotel, a meeting space for a crowd or a restaurant to wow a party of two, we've got a place in mind. (Photo: Stephen Coburn/Shutterstock)

Updated: October 21, 2009

Lodging


Ritz-Carlton-Dallas

2121 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Hopefully your company can justifiably expense this lavish Uptown Hotel just off the Trolley-Line. Zagat rates this Ritz as number one in the large hotels and restaurant (Fearing's) categories in the United States. And to accommodate the business traveler, there is a fitness center, 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a 24-hour business center. The glamorous property also sits in the heart of chic dining and entertainment venues and is a skip half a hop to downtown Dallas.


The Joule Dallas, A Luxury Collection Hotel

1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Boutique hotels are all the rage and this downtown hot spot explains why. Built within a Neo-Gothic building this hotel's purpose is to accommodate the contemporary traveler. Only 129 rooms allows for an intimate crowd of guests and attentive service. The award-winning Charlie Palmer restaurant and wine store can impress that client with distinguished taste as well as the state of the art technology in the corporate meeting spaces.


Hotel Lumen, A Kimpton Hotel

6101 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

This Kimpton hotel sits across from the beautiful SMU campus and is central to Uptown and downtown Dallas. Three meeting rooms provide high tech equipment, modern mid-century decor and catering from the New American restaurant Social. After work shopping can ensue down the block at Snider Plaza or the elite Highland Park Village, both within walking distance.


The Fairmont Dallas

1717 North Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75201

In the hub of downtown Dallas, this historical hotel opened in 1969, has seen international politicians, celebrities and business leaders walk its lobby. The regal style of all 27 meeting rooms and 73,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate any size of gathering or function and provide all the needed technology. The suits can hit the hotel restaurant, The Pyramid Grill, for a fine dining experience and explore the Arts District down the block afterwards. Nearby Victory Park, the JFK Memorial and the flagship Neiman Marcus are also great ways to entertain your co-workers, clients or yourself.


Services


Walgreens

3418 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This well-known convenience store and pharmacy is on the well-traveled McKinney Avenue and is open 24 hours a day. So if you forgot your deodorant, need a prescription filled or just want to grab a pack of Twinkies, some fake eyelashes or shoe polish, they can accommodate. And the pharmacy is drive-through, so if the trip has beat you down you can pick up your medications without having to step one foot out of the car.


NorthPark Center

8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

If your sales meeting or cocktail party is tonight and your luggage was lost, head here for a new suit or swanky dress. Neiman Marcus or Barneys are a sure bet for impressive attire or boutique shops such as Carolina Herrera and Salvatore Ferragamo can replace some important pieces of the wardrobe. And pick up some Godiva chocolates or a Montblanc pen for your boss or special client while you're there.


super shuttle

3010 N Airfield Dr, Dallas, TX 75261

Forget the expensive taxi or the hassle of renting a car with the ease of this transportation company. You can hop in a van with other travelers and share the cost with airport bound customers or have a private executive sedan pick you up solo. Either way you get to your flight on time with no parking or haggling.


24 Hour Fitness

7622 Campbell Rd, Dallas, TX 75248

This North Dallas gym makes it easy to stay slim by never closing. And there is no excuse to not work out during your travels when the gym doesn't lock up the treadmill. Cardio and weight training equipment is wall to wall and always available. Hop on your favorite stair master machine at 2am or 2pm and burn that indulgent business dinner off.