From LA to New York and Melbourne to Manila, dessert-themed experiential museums are popping up all around the world. When my trip back home to Dallas, Texas coincided with the opening of the Sweet Tooth Hotel, I made my reservation and prepared for a wonderland of candy-coated art. And it’s a good thing I did! This is the hottest new ‘hotel’ in town, and reservations are filling up quickly. The entire month of August is sold out, but there are a few spots left for July at this art and retail pop-up!On arrival at the Sweet Tooth Hotel, a concierge escorts guests into the lobby area, which doubles as a retail space. The Sweet Tooth Hotel has partnered with brands like Pin Stash, Kendra Scott, JOY Macarons, Valfré, Leatherology, Read Between the Lines and Hairstory who have created a line of sweet souvenirs.
After perusing the Gift Shoppe, follow the concierge through the Sweet Tooth Hotel for a 5-minute tour and introduction. Listen closely for tips and tricks on getting the best Instagram shot… these ladies are pros!
The Sweet Wanderlust Pro Tip #1: Peruse @SweetToothHotel’s tags on Instagram and the #SweetToothHotel hashtag for photo ideas. The pop-up is awesome and overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to know what pics you’re after before you go! Here are a couple of my favorites:
After the introduction, beeline to your favorite exhibit to get your shot! If you have a tripod, bring it! The lighting makes for an awesome mood… but is tricky for photography. I overexpose most of my photos, and to get the look I wanted without the blur, a tripod was a must!
Room by Room at the Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas
Sunset Lounge by Built by Bender
As kids, we pretended to get engaged with Ring Pops. As adults, Built by Bender modeled a Southwestern house of mirrors with a Ring Pop-spiked cactus.
Sprinkle Spa by Built by Bender and Beau Bollinger
This is my favorite room at the Sweet Tooth Hotel. The Sprinkle Spa tub is adorable, and the donut mirror and cotton-candy pink sink left me wondering why I never thought to decorate my house like this.
And the dessert-themed wigs are incredible. I’ve been contemplating trying out the donut bun, but these wigs are a far less messy way to show my candy crush.
Horizon by Chelsea Delzell
I never thought I’d describe a sugar-inspired space as calming, but the Horizon area, with a pastel-hued Ring Pop cactus and a sign which reads Sweet Dreams in Korean, left me feeling zen.
Candy Paint Drippin’ by Jeremy Biggers
If you run across artwork with realistic looking lips, you can bet that it’s a piece by Jeremy Biggers. This larger-than-life mural is the perfect way to enter the Sweet Tooth Hotel.
Rainbow Confection by Shamsy Roomiani
Don’t be afraid to get a little loud! The sound-activated cotton candy clouds light up when you talk! I love this whimsical space, full of cotton candy clouds, rainbows and flower-filled raindrops.
Dream Suite by Built by Bender
If my bedside tables had a built-in space for Jolly Ranchers, I’d never sleep! But I could definitely live in this room. With JOY Macarons (one of my favorite macarons in Dallas) floating above the bed made of shoe soles, sweet dreams are inevitable.
Candy Cuisine by Built by Bender, JoJo Chuang & Goodies Cakery
I regularly eat candy and ice cream for breakfast… but gummy worms in milk?! Marshmallow-only cereal!? This kitchen is what dreams are made of!
Surprise! by Built by Bender
Open the fridge and step inside.
Depending on the kind of person you are, your reaction will fall into one of two categories.
Me: OHMYGOSH! Nine-year-old me would have LOVED this! I always wanted to win all the stuffed animals at the fair!!
Friend: This is the stuff of nightmares.
Which kind of person are you?
The Sweet Wanderlust Pro Tip #2: Even if you think you’ve gotten all the pictures you need, stay for the full hour. You paid for it… enjoy the full experience. Plus, many people will leave once they’ve seen all the rooms, meaning less competition to get the perfect shot for Instagram!
When the bell dinged, signaling our check-out, I wondered whether anyone would notice if I moved into the Sweet Tooth Hotel. I think I’d make a pretty good live exhibit “Girl Eats All the Sugar.” Alas, this sugar rush of an experience finished way too soon, leaving me with sweet dreams and a camera full of Insta-worthy shots. Don’t miss any of them… follow along at @thesweetwanderlust!
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