Bungalow high: If Hotel ZaZa were your house


Two levels, two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths. Top-of-the-line appliances. Design inspiration by local guru Kim Miller of Duncan Miller Ullmann. Furniture from Lost, Found and Uncommon Market and accessories gathered from an executive’s world travels.

We could be describing one of Dallas’ hottest new rental properties, and we are — except that this is one you can have by the night. Hotel ZaZa recently debuted its Bungalows, situated in a pair of houses along Thomas Avenue, directly behind the hotel in the historic, tree-lined State-Thomas neighborhood. The 12 one- and two-bedroom suites range from $350 to $2,000 per night and, indeed, feel like a home away from home, but with all of the amenities — and eccentricity — ZaZa guests would expect. “You will not feel like you’re in a hotel room,” insists ZaZa president Benji Homsey. “We were trying to create a unique experience. Something more romantic and quaint.”

ZaZa CEO Charles Givens personally picked many of the pieces accenting the interiors. “He just has an innate ability to visualize space,” Homsey says of the veteran real-estate developer. More subdued than the quirky concept suites ZaZa is famous for, the bungalows still offer some surprises: The trunk lid from a vintage Volkswagen Beetle hangs in one of the bathrooms, and a huge Native American headdress is displayed in one of the living rooms. How Homsey thinks of it all? “Soulful, artful, memorable and genuine.” As perks with your residential-style respite, Hotel ZaZa’s many features are all yours, just by ambling across the street: the boisterous swimming-pool scene; the decadent spa; the fitness room; and, of course, the Dragonfly restaurant. We suspect if you order one of its jerked Amish chicken breasts at the bar, in your bungalow robe and slippers, no one will say a word. 2501 and 2505 Thomas Ave., 214-468-8399; hotelzaza.com —Jill Becker


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