It’s a legendary place in the annals of Dallas legends.
Not just because of the royalty and Hollywood favorites who have passed through the doors either. Or, even because of a few celebrity chefs who have graced the famous restaurant at 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard in Dallas.
No, actually, it’s because of all of these reasons coupled with the fact that the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is still the “go to” luxury destination when one thinks of quiet grace and charm.
This year in April the Mansion on Turtle Creek will be celebrating its 35th anniversary and since the iconic restaurant is missing a chef these days, for the yearlong celebration Katie Norwood, Area Director of Communications for the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek says “We look forward to announcing a new Executive Chef for The Mansion Restaurant and we will also have a signature cocktail.”
Since opening way back in the 1980s Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has always been “the” place to stay in Dallas. Today, guests and visitors can expect to encounter high-profile celebrities, artists, socialites, former presidents, supermodels, diplomats, philanthropists, fashion designers and powerful business moguls. And, while the folks at the “Mansion” aren’t naming names, the names of presidents and heads of state definitely look good on the hotel register from years past.
Once a private estate, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek opened in 1980 as The Mansion Restaurant and in 1981 the hotel portion became part of the package too.
“The luxury hotel opened with a philanthropic gala that was well-attended by Texas society, benefitting the local arts community,” Norwood says.
Prior to the 1980s Dallas folks might actually be surprised to learn that the Mansion on Turtle Creek was just that, a mansion, owned by Caroline Rose Hunt.
And while Hunt was not available for comment, Norwood offers a nice anecdote in Hunt’s absence.
“Mrs. Hunt’s favorite color is peach – “Rosewood Peach” to be exact,” says Norwood. “She loves Rosewood Peach and has used it extensively throughout the décor and design of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.”
Most notably, Rosewood Peach is the iconic color of the hotel and restaurant’s exterior, and the color is also woven throughout interior carpets, pieces of art, luxurious guest room accents and more.
“Mrs. Hunt incorporates the hue in her personal wardrobe and can often be spotted donning a peach jacket or silk scarf,” Norwood adds.
Today the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek retains the intimate ambiance and charm of the private residence it once was. Originally built by a cotton magnate in 1925, the estate and now hotel bears the charm of a 16th-century Italian Renaissance-style estate with a perfect old world charm.
With 143 rooms and suites, the Mansion Restaurant features Contemporary American cuisine, a stylish bar and an outdoor terrace surrounded by beautiful trees and lush greenery.
“Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is an icon that retains the intimate ambiance and charm of the private residence it once was,” says Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Managing Director Andrea Gates. “Meticulously restored interiors, a legendary culinary tradition and impeccable service make it one of the most beloved hotels in Texas. We are fortunate to have loyal guests, many of whom have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations and other milestones with us over the years.”