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San Antonio darling named best hotel in Texas by U.S. News & World Report

San Antonio darling named best Texas hotel by U.S. News & World Report

Hotel Emma
Hotel Emma checks in — again  — with a No. 1 spot. Photo by Jason Risner

San Antonio’s much-honored Hotel Emma remains the darling among Texas hotels. In the continuing cascade of accolades, a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report puts Hotel Emma atop the hotel hierarchy in the Lone Star State.

U.S. News & World Report ranks 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 in Texas.

In all, 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.

Houston, meanwhile, has five properties in the top 15; its highest-ranked hotel is Hotel Granduca (No. 2). “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 about Hotel Granduca.

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.”

However, it’s San Antonio’s beloved Hotel Emma that gets the most love from U.S. News & World Report. The magazine notes that Hotel Emma “stands out among travelers for its cool culture.”

In lauding the boutique hotel’s cool factor, the publication gives a nod to Hotel Emma’s transformation from the former Pearl brewery to a high-end destination. U.S. News & World Report highlights the presence at Hotel Emma of many of the brewery’s original architectural features.

“Visitors marvel at the refined industrial elements featured throughout — particularly in the lobby — and are equally impressed with the quality of the accommodations,” U.S. News & World Report says.

Guest rooms at Hotel Emma are “exceptionally styled and comfortable,” thanks to amenities like 48-inch flat-screen TVs, beds with Frette linens, and luxury bathrobes.

U.S. News & World Report also spotlights the veritable buffet of food options served up by Hotel Emma, which debuted in 2015. “Foodies can take advantage of the on-site concierge for recommendations in the area, or they can grab some house-butchered meats at Larder, enjoy small plates at Sternewirth or sample the farm-to-table fare at Supper,” the publication says.

U.S. News & World Report also highlights Hotel Emma’s rooftop pool, fitness center, library, and gift shop, as well as its stellar customer service and its prime location just north of downtown San Antonio.