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2 posh Texas hotels book top spots in prestigious list of best in U.S.

2 posh Texas hotels book top spots in prestigious list of best in U.S.

Hotel Emma Pearl San Antonio River Walk
Hotel Emma, once again, makes the list.  Hotel Emma/Facebook

Texas is home to two of the best hotels in America, says a new ranking by a national magazine.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Houston's luxe Post Oak Hotel No. 13 and San Antonio’s Hotel Emma No. 23 overall in its prestigious 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2021

Post Oak's “sprawling lobby complete with crystal chandeliers” earns distinction in the listing, as do its “grand” accommodations, including smart TVs, marble bathrooms, and personal gym areas. The wine cellar, featuring 30,000 bottles of world-class vintages dating back the 1800s, and the hotel's six restaurants also are highlights.

Since it opened, the Post Oak — owned by Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta — has remained Texas’ only Forbes Double Five-Star rated hotel. The 10-acre property boasts 38-stories, 250 guestrooms and suites; 20 executive residences; and an elegant 35,000-square-foot conference facility, including the largest ballroom in Uptown Houston.

Meanwhile, a massive, 5,000 square-foot, two-bedroom Presidential Suite offers private elevator access, media room, exercise room, and secluded terrace. For added opulence, guests can check out the two-story Rolls-Royce showroom and onsite Bentley and Bugatti Post Oak Motors dealership. VIPs can jet away in the hotel’s private helicopter.

Just an hour-and-a-half jaunt from Austin is San Antonio’s elegant Hotel Emma, located in the buzzy Pearl district, and lauded for its “eccentric details.” (Last year, the Emma was the only Texas hotel to land on the U.S. News & World Report list.) 

Guests are greeted with a housemade margarita before being whisked away to rooms adorned with dark-wood and leather furniture, plus throw pillows with vivid patterns. In-room amenities range from flat-screen TVs to seersucker bathrobes to in-room pantries stocked with locally made products, the report notes.

Dining comes courtesy of Supper, the onsite restaurant, or Larder, the in-house boutique grocery store.

"Service consistently wows lodgers, as does the hotel's location just 2 miles north of downtown," says the report.