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Luxe Houston boutique hotel named No. 2 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report

Luxe Houston boutique hotel named No. 2 in Texas in coveted new list

Hotel Granduca Houston
Hotel Granduca checks in with a No. 1 spot in Houston and No. 2 in Texas.  Hotel Granduca/Facebook

With 2019 the year that finds Houston heralded as one of the best places in the world to visit, it stands to reason that all these tourists pouring into our fair city will need accommodations. Fortunately, the Bayou City boasts some of the best hotels in Texas — including the No. 2 spot in the state — according to a new report.

A new ranking of best hotels from U.S. News & World Report


puts Hotel Granduca atop the hotel hierarchy in Houston and the second spot overall in Texas. “From the gourmet cuisine at Ristorante Cavour to afternoon tea, this property knows how to help guests slow down and unwind,” U.S. News & World Report raves.


Inspired by Old World Italy with plush beds, and Italian linens, the Hotel Granduca “treats Houston visitors to a taste of Europe,” says the report. The luxe Residenza Imperatore, which has its own separate entrance and 2,100 square feet of space, earns high praise.

The popular pool and in Bar Malatesta (a noted power player lounge) are also mentioned, as is hotel’s pampering of visiting pets (they receive treats and special pillows). The report also notes perks such as the Leaders Club, where members get room upgrades and complimentary breakfast.

In all, Houston has five properties in the top 15: The St. Regis (No. 7), The Post Oak Hotel (No. 10), The Houstonian Hotel (No. 14), Hotel ZaZa (No. 15).

The best hotel in Texas, according to the list, is San Antonio’s much-honored Hotel Emma. U.S. News & World Report ranked the best hotels in Texas based on its analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings, and user ratings. After the publication sifted through all of that data, Hotel Emma — a cornerstone of the super-popular Pearl district — comes out on top.

Elsewhere in Texas, four hotels in San Antonio appear on the magazine’s list of the 15 best hotels in Texas, including the Emma, The St. Anthony, Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio, and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

In Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, three hotels make the top 15 in each region.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek earns the top spot in DFW (No. 3). U.S. News & World Report says this property, which sits north of the Dallas Arts District, supplies “the tranquility needed for a good night’s sleep alongside the convenience of a relatively central location.”

Four Seasons Hotel Austin grabs the top spot in the Capital City (No. 5). U.S. News & World Report points out that the Four Seasons “earns rave reviews from travelers thanks to its sumptuous atmosphere and extremely friendly service staff.”