High-end honor

Grand San Antonio hotel and spa earns four-star ratings from prestigious travel guide

San Antonio hotel + spa earns four-star ratings from prestigious guide

Mokara Hotel and Spa rooftop pool
The Mokara Hotel & Spa garnered a four-star rating from Forbes. The Mokara Hotel and Spa/Facebook

Two hotels and one spa in San Antonio have checked in among the best in the world. 

The Forbes Travel Guide revealed February 16 that a local hotel —Mokara Hotel & Spa — received four-star ratings for both its hotel and spa facilities. Hotel Emma also received a nod, earning a recommended rating. The Forbes Travel Guide awards five stars to its highest-rated properties.

In assessing hotels, Forbes Travel Guide inspectors stay at every property for three days and two nights, posing as regular guests and paying their own way. They judge each one on 900 standards, such as whether food and beverage choices are health-conscious, how nice the décor is, and how well the staff’s uniforms are designed.

This isn't the only recent accolade the Mokara Hotel & Spa has earned lately. In February, U.S. News & World Report named it one of the 2021 Best Hotels, giving it a Gold Badge rating. 

Elsewhere in Texas, Austin's Archer Hotel Austin, Four Seasons Hotel Austin, and Fairmont Austin also earned four-star ratings. The Four Seasons spa also garnered four stars. One other property, Hotel Granduca Austin, received a “recommended” rating.

Houston, meanwhile had two spas and six hotels on the list, one of which — The Post Oak Hotel — earned five-star ratings. Dallas also had two spas and six hotels in the edition of the guide, with the Ritz-Carlton Dallas earning the city's sole five-star rating.