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Two Houston hotels make Condé Nast Traveler list of world's best places to stay

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A Houston hotel is “golden” for the fourth consecutive year, while another local institution has reached that shining status for the first time  — the only two area hotels selected to the 2014 Condé Nast Gold List.

Hotel Sorella, which opened in 2009 in CityCentre, keeps the prestigious designation. Sophisticated Hotel Granduca in Uptown Park joins the ranks of the best worldwide.

Nearly 80,000 Traveler readers scored this year's Gold List properties based on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities. Hotels, resorts and cruises worldwide are considered each year, with 200 U.S. destinations selected as 2014 standouts. Condé Nast reveals the winners in its January issue and online.

Hotel Sorella earned an overall score of 94.1, placing it as the second best hotel in Texas, after the Mokara Hotel & Spa in San Antonio with a 95.0 rating. Readers make special note of Hotel Sorella's "very modern and minimalistic" property with "easy access to all the major highways." The rooms receive high marks for being"spacious and comfortable," and Alex Bistro and the Monnalisa Bar bring praise. Condé Nast adds a final comment in the report: "The continental breakfast is world-class, the best I’ve experienced anywhere."

With a score of 90.3, Hotel Granduca carries gold status as the seventh-best hotel in the Lone Star State. Rooms and design tallies help this hotel stand out in the eyes of Traveler readers.

Also golden in Texas for 2014 are Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas (93.7), Ritz-Carlton in Dallas (93), Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio (92.8) and the Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas (90.9).

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