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Luxe Austin hotels earn nods from prestigious Forbes Travel Guide

Luxe Austin hotels earn nods from prestigious Forbes Travel Guide

Hotel Granduca Austin
Hotel Granduca Austin nabbed a spot in the Recommended category on the newly released 2022 Star Awards from Forbes Travel Guide. Photo courtesy of Hotel Granduca Austin

Three properties in Texas have scored the highest ranking on the prestigious, newly released 2022 Star Awards, from Forbes Travel Guide, including an acclaimed restaurant in Dallas, and two luxury hotels.

Those receiving 5 star awards include Carte Blanche, a chef-driven restaurant on Dallas' Greenville Avenue; the Ritz-Carlton Dallas hotel; and the Post Oak Hotel in Houston.

In addition, 25 other awards were handed out to Texas properties, including restaurants, hotels, and spas in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio — part of a field of 1830 winners around the world.

The Star Awards bestow three levels of rankings: Five Star (virtually flawless), Four Star (exceptional), and Recommended (consistently good).

They're the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas. The full list is online, and includes these properties in Texas:

5 stars

  • Carte Blanche / Dallas
  • Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
  • Ritz-Carlton Dallas
  • The Spa at the Post Oak Hotel / Houston

4 stars

  • Archer Hotel Austin
  • Austin Proper Hotel & Residences
  • Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Collection / Austin
  • Garrison / Austin
  • Fairmont Austin
  • Four Seasons Austin
  • Fearing's / Dallas
  • Four Seasons Houston
  • Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas
  • Hotel Granduca / Houston
  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
  • The Joule /  Dallas
  • Mokara Hotel & Spa / San Antonio
  • Mokara Spa / San Antonio
  • Ritz-Carlton Spa / Dallas
  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek / Dallas
  • The Spa at the Four Seasons / Austin
  • The Spa at the Joule / Dallas
  • St. Regis Houston
  • Trellis Spa / Houston
  • Well & Being Spa at Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas


  • Hotel Granduca / Austin
  • The Adolphus / Dallas
  • The French Room / Dallas
  • Hotel Emma / San Antonio

It's an especially gratifying win for Carte Blanche, the only restaurant in the state to earn 5 stars, alongside nationally renowned names such as Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, and The French Laundry.

The only other Texas restaurants to win awards are Fearing's and Garrison, which both earned 4 stars, and The French Room, which made the Recommended list.

Carte Blanche co-owner Casey LaRue says that he and his wife Amy LaRue, who were not aware of when the visits were made or by whom, were thrilled to learn they won.

"I've worked at other places in the past that have received Star Awards — it's a big honor," Casey says.

Originally known as the Mobil Travel Guide and considered a renowned leader in the travel industry, Forbes Travel Guide releases prestigious annual Star Ratings recognizing the top luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas, based on rigorous anonymous professional performance evaluations of up to 900 objective standards. The rankings are determined by anonymous professionals.

Hotel stays span a minimum of two nights, and they pay their own way. No one can buy a rating, although participants do pay a fee to be considered. But inspectors are anonymous at all times, so they have the same experience as a typical guest.