by Sarah JF Braley | October 17, 2017
Reopening today in Dallas is the Statler hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, following a $255 million redevelopment. The property debuted in 1956 as one of Conrad Hilton's first convention hotels. 
"Today is a special day for Curio Collection, as we welcome back a remarkable hotel and industry forerunner to Hilton and the great city of Dallas," said Mark Nogal, global head of the Curio Collection by Hilton. "We look forward to elevating the Statler's legacy as it adds 159 magnificent guest rooms to our growing collection, to offer travelers and locals alike another magnificent, independent hotel to discover that exudes authenticity."
The 19-story hotel is now part of a mixed-use development that also offers 219 residences, restaurants, nightlife, specialty retail outlets, meeting space and a large-scale event venue. The property's interiors were designed by Merriman Anderson/Architects with a mid-20th century feel.
"We are honored to reopen the doors of the Statler. Known as the first modern American hotel, the Statler is a one-of-a-kind property encompassing endless history and culture," said Mehrdad Moayedi, president and CEO of Centurion American Development Group, which owns the hotel. "Our vision in restoring the Statler to its original glory and beyond was to create the ideal place to live, work and play for locals, and the ultimate Dallas destination for visitors to our city."
Additional hotel features and amenities opening in the coming months include F&B outlets by local chef Graham Dodds; Overeasy, an upscale diner serving artisanal fare and gourmet coffee; and Bourbon & Banter, an underground cocktail lounge with an extensive bourbon and whiskey library. Slated to debut by year's end are Fine China, a full-service Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar; Scout, a 12,000-square-foot social space featuring an American menu; and Waterproof, a poolside roof deck bar and lounge. 
For groups, the Statler offers 33,000 square feet of meeting space, including entertainment suites, an outdoor Garden Court and a 13,154-square-foot grand ballroom. A rooftop pool and lounge will become available later this year, along with a fitness center and bowling lanes.