What A Joule

As you may remember, last Tuesday was a big day – we closed on the flip AND it was our 2 year anniversary.  Talk about a lot of excitement!

I’ve already told you all about the flip, but I didn’t tell you how we celebrated our anniversary.  My cute hubby really outdid himself this time.  Take a look at where I got to spend last Tuesday night:

What A Joule

Oh yeah, baby – The Joule.  The Joule is a drool-worthy boutique hotel in downtown Dallas that is a converted bank building, with the impeccable new interior designed by Adam Tihany of Tihany Design.  And isn’t the facade amazing with the juxtaposition of the gothic-inspired tower against the modern, cantilevered pool?

But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself – let me back up a bit and start at the very beginning.  We began our anniversary by eating a leisurely breakfast on our patio, went to the tile store to start looking at tile for the pool at the flip, closed on the flip, and went to one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Dallas – Campisi’s!!  Here we are stuffing our faces with their delicious pizza (my half was sausage and jalapeno – delish!):

What A Joule

Then we made our way across the street to The Joule, with me gawking like a tourist and taking pictures like this one:

What A Joule

The pool just defies all logic, hanging 8 feet over the sidewalk 10 stories below – how cool is that??  As I found out later, the plexiglass holding all that water in is at least 4 inches thick – I was really grateful for that when I was splashing around in the pool later that afternoon!  The spray that you see coming off the pool is actually a fine mist from a misting system that cools the pool and the surrounding lounge chairs – such luxury!  (And check out Dallas’ trademark Pegasus on the next building over.)

This was my first stay at a five-star hotel, and it was tough for me to pick my jaw up off the ground the entire time we were there.  I’d heard the buzz about The Joule opening up last June and I’d certainly admired it’s gravity-defying pool from afar, but I never dreamed I’d actually be staying there!!  Once we got inside, the picture-snapping continued . . . in the rich, contemporary lobby . . .

What A Joule

What A Joule

. . . in our gorgeous suite . . .

What A Joule

What a Joule

. . . at the spectacular, please-never-make-me-leave pool . . .

What A Joule

What A Joule

What A Joule

What A Joule

What A Joule

(my sister and my dad work in that building to the left – the whole time I was frolicking in the pool I was looking at their office building and thanking my lucky stars that I was floating in the pool instead of being stuck inside!)

What A Joule

. . . and at dinner at the acclaimed Charlie Palmer’s (the swanky restaurant off the lobby of the hotel, which was sooooo delicious) . . .

What A Joule

What A Joule

The entire day and night was a total dream, just tons of relaxing and fun with my best friend.  It’s amazing how just a single day off of work in the middle of the week can really feel like a vacation – I bounced into work the next morning a whole new woman.  And we didn’t even have to feel guilty about our extravagant anniversary plans since my resourceful hubby paid for our entire stay at The Joule with reward points – score!

What’s your favorite anniversary memory?  Stayed at a fancy hotel recently that you want to dish about?  Spill the beans!!

For more gorgeous pics of The Joule, click here.

Images courtesy of me, Starwood Hotels, and Wikipedia.

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Comments

  1. christy says:

    Liz – that sounds like an absolutely fabulous anniversary – and it totally sounds like a mini-vacation. That pool is amazing – I’ve never seen anything like that before! Did you go down to that end? And peer down at people below you?

    I love staying at fancy schmancy hotels — we don’t do it often, but man when we do I eat it up. My favorite hotel is the Signature Suites at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We don’t gamble or do the whole casino scene, …but we love the pools at this hotel, and at the MGM (which you get access to) and the hotel itself is just a gem. We’re going back this year – the week after my triathlon!

  2. Courtney says:

    Ahhh…that looks SO lovely! It sounds like you really did have an awesome anniversary, and now you have all the excitement with the flip! I can’t wait to see what cool things you do with it!

    Happy Anniversary!

  3. Liz says:

    Hey guys! Ah, you’re right, it was totally fabulous! And Christy, we definitely made our way down to the “open” end of the pool – it was such an amazing view! I think I’m going to be ruined for all other pools now and expect pools that defy the forces of nature – ah well. :) Have a great time in Vegas, how fun!!!

    ~ Liz

  4. Averill says:

    That pool is jaw-droppingly fabulous. Love it, thoug I think getting anywhere near that plexiglass side would completely freak me out.

    • Liz says:

      Averill,

      It WAS a little freaky! The hubby and I had a full conversation about whether, if the glass broke, we could jump out of the pool before we were sucked out onto the street – nerdy, but a valid concern!! We decided that we were toast, but that it was worth the risk. :)

      ~ Liz

  5. Jen says:

    Isn’t that a cool pool/patio way up there? This post may have to be a hint hint to my husband for our 2 year anniversary ;)

    • Liz says:

      Jen,

      I would totally recommend the hint hint. :) It is a VERY cool pool/patio up on the 10th floor, and I would imagine that it gets to be quite the scene, so it could be pretty entertaining. If you go, be sure to fill us in on how you liked it!!

      ~ Liz