As the Pat Green song goes, I woke up this morning with Texas on my mind. In fact, I was thinking specifically of Austin – such a great place for live music – but Dallas is also a favorite place in the Lone Star State. Dallas is a big city in all senses of the word, so if you want big experiences, this is the place to come. And if you want the full-on five senses tingle with a Texas experience, there is only one place to stay: Hotel ZaZa. It is a hothouse devoted to propagating Mystery, Sensuality and Intimacy for its guests. "Divine decadence", as Liza Minnelli put it, simply proving in the words of Mae West, that “too much of a good thing can be wonderful".
Where to start? How about in one of the Magnificent Seven suites? Each room is outrageously themed and, definitely not to be missed is my favorite room, 461 – the Texas suite. Hold on to your hats cowboys, this is a hotel suite with attitude. For a start, there is a set of bull’s horns hung over the bed, a fully rigged-up saddle and magnificent horsehair furniture. It’s all good fun. OK, the hotel pool is a bit small but it’s full of beach balls and water jets constantly criss-crossing to keep you fresh. The Dragonfly restaurant and bar serves great Tex-Mex food and cold Heineken to a very cool crowd. People are ultra friendly and Bice is just across the street. In this world of beige-on-beige furnishings, cream fixtures and ivory towels, the ZaZa stands out for its bizarre, eclectic, funky sense of fun. If a couple of nights at the ZaZa doesn’t put a smile on your face, you need an oil change.