I have never had a problem striking up a conversation with people. I have even made friends with people through Instagram and added my local Taipei Starbucks barista on Facebook. It often catches people off-guard until they learn I am from Texas. As Texans, we are known for many things, but being warm and friendly is probably the most notable. As I travel around the globe, I have never encountered a hotel that can take a Texas personality trait and turn it into a mission quite like The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
In the heart of Dallas, Texas, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is like meeting an old friend who gets more beautiful as you get to know her more deeply. Every detail of the hotel is as warm and gorgeous as the personality it exudes.
Originally a mansion estate of Sheppard W. King and wife Bertha Wilcox, who gained success in the cotton and oil industries after settling in the area in the 1800s, The Rosewood Mansion quickly became known for its elegant design and tradition of hospitality. Even as the King family fell on hard times and the estate switched hands, the original values bestowed upon the home were carried through. Its grandeur has drawn many notable names including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady as well as Tennessee Williams as he wrote the play Summer and Smoke.
Focused on making the hotel extension cohesively fit with the design of the original mansion, The Rosewood Mansion has continually put great thought into the details of the space. It is hard to convince yourself not to spend a week here photographing the rugs, wall decor, and even the friendly faces of the staff. There is an ease at which the hotel balances the splendor of the space and the hospitality of a residentially-focused service.
When I first moved to Taipei four years ago, I was struck with the sudden awareness to the importance of spaces and their details. Having lived in Texas for so long, I was used to wide rolling lawns, parking lots too big and hot to consider crossing in the sunny lunch hours, and isolated environments which presented a need to drive everywhere. The reality was actually that I spent too much time sectioning myself off from the majority of spaces I passed. I contained myself into bubbles of spaces that suited my own preferences.
In Taipei, however, the urban tumbled around me haphazardly and there was little to do to avoid it. On some days, the thought of going out into the city noise seemed like too big of an attack on my senses. My time has a traveler and an expat has forced me to sharpen my skill in finding spaces in which I can comfortably exist while at the same time fostering parts of my personality.
When I arrived at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, I was immediately drawn to the many open and bright spaces that the hotel had for sitting. The chairs and couches welcomed visitors to slow down and enjoy the space, to reflect about their journeys and grow in their comfort with themselves. As a native Texan, I can tell you there is nothing more satisfying than pulling up a chair, having conversations with both our environments, ourselves, and with our good friends. We seek out those heartfelt moments to keep us company for when we are on the road again. In crafting a vision for the hotel, The Rosewood Mansion has put heart back into the heart of Texas.