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Stunning San Antonio hotel checks in as Texas’ best in prestigious U.S. News ranking

Stunning San Antonio hotel checks in as Texas’ best in new ranking

Hotel Emma Pearl San Antonio River Walk
Unsurprisingly, San Antonio's crown jewel property lands at No. 1 on the list of the best hotels in Texas. Hotel Emma/Facebook

Hotel Emma, arguably the crown jewel of San Antonio’s Pearl district, sits high on U.S. News & World Report’s new list of the best hotels in the country, ranking as the No. 7 top hotel in the U.S. and the No. 1 Texas property.

The 146-room riverfront property, which opened in 2015, repeatedly appears at or near the top of rankings for the state’s best hotels.

“Hotel Emma stands out among travelers for its cool culture. This is largely brought on by the hotel’s history as a former brewery,” says U.S. News, referring to the property’s previous life as the largest brewery in Texas.

“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 says in its overview of Hotel Emma. “Guests report rooms to be exceptionally styled and comfortable, thanks to amenities like 48-inch flat-screen TVs, plush beds with Frette linens, and luxury bathrobes. And the food is just as much of a staple here as beer used to be.”

Joining Hotel Emma among U.S. News’ top 25 hotels in Texas are three other San Antonio properties:

  • JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, No. 8.
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, No. 13.
  • Mokara Hotel & Spa, No. 19.

Here are the top 25 U.S. News-ranked hotels in Texas:

  1. Hotel Emma, San Antonio.
  2. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection, Austin. Also ranked first among Texas resorts.
  3. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston.
  4. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving. Also ranked second among Texas resorts.
  5. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Also ranked third among Texas resorts.
  6. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas. Also ranked fourth among Texas resorts.
  7. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.
  8. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Also ranked fifth among Texas resorts.
  9. Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District.
  10. Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial City.
  11. Archer Hotel Austin.
  12. The Joule, Dallas.
  13. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Also ranked sixth among Texas resorts.
  14. Miraval Austin.
  15. Four Seasons Hotel Houston.
  16. The St. Regis Houston.
  17. Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas.
  18. Hotel ZaZa Dallas.
  19. Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio.
  20. Four Seasons Hotel Austin.
  21. The Lancaster Hotel, Houston.
  22. Hotel Granduca Houston.
  23. Fairmont Austin.
  24. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, near Bastrop. Also ranked seventh among Texas resorts.
  25. HALL Arts Hotel Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton.

“The travel industry has faced many disruptions over the past two years, highlighting the need to support and recognize hotels that continue to maintain excellent standards,” Zach Watson, senior travel editor at U.S. News, says in a news release. “The 2022 Best Hotels rankings offer a dependable guide for travelers to use when organizing their next trip, whether that’s in a few weeks or later in the year.”