No one knows luxury like Condé Nast Traveler. So when the magazine prints its 2011 Gold List of the best hotels in the world, the service industry pays attention.
This year Houston's Hotel Sorella was named as one of only 14 American newcomers to the list — Houston's only entry and one of only five Gold List hotels in Texas. (Sorella joins Dallas' distinguished duo, The Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, as well as San Antonio's Mokara Hotel & Spa and the Lake Austin Spa Resort.)
Traveler mentions everything from Sorella's aubergine velvet ottomans to the rainbow trout pecandine to the starlit ceiling in Monnalisa as part of the appeal, and with a respectable overall rating of 93.6, it ranks among the top 30 properties in the country, including particularly high scores for its rooms and design.