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Four Seasons Hotel Houston at night
Four Seasons Houston, located downtown, was named a Four-Star hotel by the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Photo courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Hotel Granduca was named a Four-Star hotel by the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Photo by Jeff Meyers
Hotel Derek lobby updated March 2014
Hotel Derek, located near the Galleria, was named a Four-Star hotel by the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Photo courtesy of Hotel Derek
St. Regis Houston Presidential Suite parlor
The St. Regis Hotel was named a Four-Star hotel by the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Photo courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Inn at Dos Brisas, night, swimming pool
The restaurant at The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington was the only Texas restaurant to garner a Five-Star rating on this year's list. The Inn at Dos Brisas/Facebook
Four Seasons Hotel Houston at night
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Hotel Derek lobby updated March 2014
St. Regis Houston Presidential Suite parlor
The Inn at Dos Brisas, night, swimming pool

Houston hardly carries a reputation for having great hotels, but Forbes apparently disagrees.

Five Houston hotels received Four Star rankings in the new Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List, giving H-Town the most highly-rated hotels in the state easily.

Although Texas didn't see any hotels earn Five-Star status, 13 Lone Star State hotels were Four Stars. Four Seasons Hotel HoustonHotel DerekHotel GranducaThe Houstonian Hotel and Spa and The St. Regis Hotel are the Houston five on the list.

Only three Dallas hotels earned a Four Star Ranking — Rosewood Mansion on Turtle CreekThe Joule and The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, and Austin garnered just two with the Four Seasons Hotel Austin and Hotel Ella

The 2014 rankings saw more Four and Five Star properties than ever before overall. Forbes' professional inspectors traveled the globe to visit almost 1,000 hotels, restaurants and spas, testing each against nearly 800 rigorous standards. 

Forbes' list recognized one restaurant in Texas as being Five Star worthy — The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington. It deemed seven restaurants Four Star, but only one of those is in Houston — and surprisingly it's Quattro at the Four Seasons. The publication touted one other Houston restaurant as "Recommended" — Olivette at The Houstonian.

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