World's Best Hotels
The World's Best Awards, Travel + Leisure's annual reader survey of the world's most luxurious and breath-taking travel destinations, named one local spot among the best on earth.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin, the ritzy downtown hotel on Lady Bird Lake that plays host to dignitaries, political powerhouses and other luminaries, snagged a spot on the Large City Hotels list. Unfortunately, the No. 50 spot was a drop for the hotel which came in No. 42 in 2013.
T+L calls the hotel, "an unpretentious oasis" and even notes which rooms to book when making a reservation (Room 914 if you want a city view and room 902 if you want a spacious corner spot). Four Seasons is known around the world for its impeccable service and style. Here in Austin, the hotel has also garnered praise for the dynamite cocktail program at its bar, The Lobby Lounge.
Two other Texas hotels were named among the best. The Rosewood Crescent in Dallas came in at No. 37 and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, also in Dallas, came in at No. 38.
And though it didn't earn a spot on the Large City Hotels list, the darling Driskill was named one of the best hotels by region in the U.S. "Its Romanesque exterior, with arched entrances and brick and limestone from the area, is a distinctive landmark along [Sixth] Street in the heart of Austin’s downtown music and entertainment district," says Travel + Leisure. The magazine also notes that ghost hunters frequently ask for room 525, the frequent site of unusual paranormal activity.