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Houston hotel and Austin spa rank in list of Top 100 best hotels and resorts in the world

Houston hotel and Austin spa make list of Top 100 best in the world

New Year's Eve parties December 2013 Hotel Sorella pool towards Monnalisa bar
Poolside at the Hotel Sorella. The west Houston hotel is ranked as the top hotel in Texas and the Southwest in Conde Nast Traveler readers poll and No. 74 in the world. Photo courtesy of Hotel Sorella
Hotel Granduca Houston patio
The patio at the Hotel Granduca, which ranks No. 23 among the top hotels in the nation and No. 3 in the state and Southwest, according to a recent Conde Nast Traveler readers poll. Hotel Granduca/Facebook
Lake Austin Spa Resort Exterior
Lake Austin Spa Resort ranks No. 4 in the world among destination spas, according to the latest Readers Choice Awards from Conde Nast Traveler. Lake Austin Spa Resort/Facebook
Penthouse Terrace at Hotel Icon
Penthouse terrace at the Hotel Icon, which ranks No. 6 in Texas and the Southwest, according to Conde Nast Traveler readers poll Courtesy of Hotel Icon
Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa lobby
Houstonian Hotel lobby. It ranks No. 9 in the state and Southwest in a recent Conde Nast Traveler readers poll PreferredHotelGroup.com
New Year's Eve parties December 2013 Hotel Sorella pool towards Monnalisa bar
Hotel Granduca Houston patio
Lake Austin Spa Resort Exterior
Penthouse Terrace at Hotel Icon
Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa lobby

If you're looking to treat yourself to some luxurious R&R, you won't have to travel far. According to the latest Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin ranks No. 4 among the 12 best destination spa resorts in the world and No. 21 among the 100 best hotels and resorts in the world.

The lifestyle and travel magazine conducts a readers poll annually to determine the best luxury destinations and services around the globe. Having been selected for the past five years, Lake Austin Spa Resort now has a spot in the Platinum Circle.

In the survey's list of Best Hotels in Texas and the Southwest, Hotel Sorella ranks No. 1, Hotel Granduca is No. 3, Hotel Icon ranks No. 6, and the Houstonian Hotel is No. 9.

In its description of Lake Austin Spa, Conde Nast Traveler throws around phrases like "little piece of heaven," "peaceful grounds" and "first-rate," quoting the reader responses in the poll. "This is the place for changing your mind, body, and attitude," said another.

Lake Austin Spa is one of two Texas properties to make the list of 100 best. Houston's Hotel Sorella CityCentre ranks No. 74 and is described this way:

In the mixed-use CityCentre development, this 'very modern and minimalistic' property provides 'easy access to all the major highways.' 'Spacious and comfortable' rooms espouse European decor, with dark hardwood floors, black-glass table lamps, and upholstered headboards; a stay in them is 'extra awesome. The rooftop pool is flanked by draped cabanas and custom lanterns. 'The continental breakfast is world-class, the best I’ve experienced anywhere. "

The Hotel Sorella also ranks No. 9 among the Top 25 Hotels in the United States in the Conde Nast Traveler reader survey; the Hotel Granduca is No. 23.

In the survey's list of Best Hotels in Texas & the Southwest, Hotel Sorella ranks No. 1, Hotel Granduca is No. 3, Hotel Icon ranks No. 6, and the Houstonian Hotel is No. 9.

CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this article.