High-rise Hilton hotel in the works for Uptown Dallas

November 13, 2019

The 19-story tower, to be dual-branded as Motto and Spark, is planned for a site near McKinney Avenue.

An Austin developer seeks to build a 19-story hotel project in Dallas’ Uptown District.

The high-rise would be built at Hall Street and Oak Grove, just off McKinney Avenue, by Merritt Development Group. The more than 300-room property would be dual-branded as Motto and Spark — two new Hilton brands.

Designed by Dallas’ Merriman Anderson Architects, the tower will include a ground floor café, a pool deck on the fourth floor and an amenity level on the rooftop, according to plans presented to the Oak Lawn Committee.

The developer is seeking zoning to allow for a higher density but not a taller building on the site, which is now low-rise construction.

The Dallas project would be the first combination of Motto and Spark hotels in the country, a representative for the developer said. The project is one of several hotels in the works for the area just north of downtown Dallas.

This week, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced that it will manage a new 176-room high-rise hotel planned on Turtle Creek. Developers are already building two Uptown hotels, a 255-room Marriott near Maple Avenue and a 22-story luxury hotel by developer Harwood International on McKinnon Street.

California-based T2 Hospitality also wants to build a 19-story hotel on a triangular block at Cedar Springs Road and Olive Street, across from the new McKinney & Olive high-rise.