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Pearl's posh Hotel Emma books spot on prestigious best hotels in U.S. list

Pearl's posh Hotel Emma books spot on prestigious best hotels list

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Hotel Emma is one of the best in the U.S. Hotel Emma/Facebook

The new year has just begun, but the posh Hotel Emma has already racked up another major accolade. 

On February 2, U.S. News & World Report released its 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2021, and the Pearl hotel is one of only two Texas hotels to make the prestigious list. 

Coming in at No. 23 in the nation, the Hotel Emma scores major points for its “eccentric details” in the report. (Last year, as CultureMap reported, the Emma was the only Texas hotel to land on the U.S. News & World Report list.) 

Guests are greeted with a house-made margarita before being whisked away to rooms adorned with dark-wood and leather furniture, plus throw pillows with vivid patterns. In-room amenities range from flat-screen TVs to seersucker bathrobes to in-room pantries stocked with locally made products, the report notes.

Dining comes courtesy of Supper, the heralded onsite restaurant, or Larder, the in-house boutique grocery store. But it's the service, says U.S. News, that brings patrons back. 

"Service consistently wows lodgers, as does the hotel's location just 2 miles north of downtown," says the report.

Appearing at No. 13 is Houston's The Post Oak Hotel, owned by billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

A “sprawling lobby complete with crystal chandeliers,” gets a favorable mention in the listing, as does the Post Oak’s “grand” accommodations including the  smart TVs, marble bathrooms, and personal gym areas. Fertitta’s wine cellar featuring 30,000 bottles of world-class vintages dating back the 1800s, is also a highlight of the listing. The hotel’s six restaurants, which range from chic casual to upscale steakhouse (Mastro’s) also net a favorable mention.

Since it opened, the Post Oak has remained Texas’s only Forbes Double Five-Star rated hotel. The 10-acre property in the heart of Post Oak boasts 38-stories, a presidential suite, 250 guestrooms and suites; 20 executive residences; and an elegant 35,000-square-foot conference facility, including the largest ballroom in Uptown Houston.

“When I built this hotel, I really wanted it to be unlike anything else,” said Fertitta in a statement. “This recognition shows that we are among the best in the country and I am proud to bring such an iconic destination to Houston.”