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Grand Texas hotel checks in with coveted 5-star rating

Grand Texas hotel checks in with coveted 5-star rating

Hotel Emma San Antonio
Hotel Emma crowned again. Hotel Emma/Facebook
Hotel Emma
The hotel is only one of two AAA Five Dimaond Award winners in Texas. Hotel Emma/Facebook
Hotel Emma bathroom
Those opulent bathrooms we mentioned. Hotel Emma/Facebook
Sternewirth at Hotel Emma
In addition to the rooms, the property also has Sternewirth, a bar and clubroom.  Sternewirth/Facebook
Hotel Emma San Antonio
Hotel Emma
Hotel Emma bathroom
Sternewirth at Hotel Emma

For Houston travelers, this is a choice time to head to one of San Antonio's gems, as another has been added to Hotel Emma's glittering crown. After being named one of the best in the world by editors at the exclusive Andrew Harper Travel, and landing the No. 10 spot for best hotel in the U.S., Hotel Emma is now checking in with a 5-star rating from AAA.

On June 6, the nonprofit (which ... who knew?) bestowed upon the San Antonio property a coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, effective beginning in 2019. Anonymous AAA represenatives review more than 27,000 hotels every year, but less than 1 percent (actually 0.4 percent) actually make the list.

“Five Diamond properties consistently exceed expectations to deliver a highly personalized, memorable experience far above the ordinary," explained Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings, in a release. 

And indeed the Emma does. Its stunning setting inside the 1894 former Pearl Brewhouse aside, the hotel's impeccable touches — custom turndown service, thoughtful tokens, luxe linens, exceptional staff — make the experience not only memorable, but dreamlike. (Also, the bathrooms alone, complete with impeccable tilework, clawfoot tubs, and vintage-inspired doors, are worth a staycation.)

Here in Texas, only one other hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, comes with a AAA Five Diamond rating. Worldwide, Hotel Emma joins just 121 hotels with the designation.

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