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'Sumptuous' downtown Austin hotel among best in Texas, says prestigious new report

'Sumptuous' downtown Austin hotel among best in Texas, says new report

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The Four Seasons Austin lands among best hotels in Texas. Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Austin

Downtown's luxurious Four Seasons Austin has racked up yet another prestigious award. In the continuing cascade of accolades, a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report names the hotel among the best in Texas

U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Texas based on its analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings, and user ratings. After the publication sifted through all of that data, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin grabs the top spot in the Capital City (No. 5 overall). 

U.S. News & World Report points out that the Four Seasons “earns rave reviews from travelers thanks to its sumptuous atmosphere and extremely friendly service staff.”

Other Austin hotels making the top 15 is the Hotel Granduca (No. 8) and the Archer Hotel Austin (No. 9).

However, its San Antonio’s much-honored Hotel Emma that remains the darling among Texas hotels. U.S. News & World Report ranks the hotel No. 1, saying it “stands out among travelers for its cool culture.” 

In lauding the boutique hotel’s cool factor, the publication gives a nod to Hotel Emma’s transformation from the former Pearl brewery to a high-end destination. U.S. News & World Report highlights the presence at Hotel Emma of many of the brewery’s original architectural features.

“Visitors marvel at the refined industrial elements featured throughout — particularly in the lobby — and are equally impressed with the quality of the accommodations,” U.S. News & World Report says.

Guest rooms at Hotel Emma are “exceptionally styled and comfortable,” thanks to amenities like 48-inch flat-screen TVs, beds with Frette linens, and luxury bathrobes.

U.S. News & World Report also spotlights the veritable buffet of food options served up by Hotel Emma, which debuted in 2015. “Foodies can take advantage of the on-site concierge for recommendations in the area, or they can grab some house-butchered meats at Larder, enjoy small plates at Sternewirth or sample the farm-to-table fare at Supper,” the publication says.

The magazine also highlights Hotel Emma’s rooftop pool, fitness center, library, and gift shop, as well as its stellar customer service and its prime location just north of downtown San Antonio.

In all, four hotels in San Antonio appear on the magazine’s list of the 15 best hotels in Texas, including the Emma, The St. Anthony, Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio, and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Houston, meanwhile, has five properties in the top 15; its highest-ranked hotel is Hotel Granduca (No. 2). “From the gourmet cuisine at Ristorante Cavour to afternoon tea, this property knows how to help guests slow down and unwind,” U.S. News & World Report raves about Hotel Granduca.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, three hotels make the top 15. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek earns the top spot in DFW (No. 3). U.S. News & World Report says this property, which sits north of the Dallas Arts District, supplies “the tranquility needed for a good night’s sleep alongside the convenience of a relatively central location.”