San Antonio walks away with memorable Travel + Leisure ranking among top U.S. cities

San Antonio walks away with T+L ranking among top U.S. cities

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San Antonio gets some praise for its standout attractions. Visit San Antonio/Instagram

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine lovingly remember Alamo City.

In a recent survey, Travel + Leisure readers ranked San Antonio the sixth best city in the U.S. Charleston, South Carolina, topped the list. Two other Texas cities earned praise: Fort Worth (No. 12) and Austin (No. 13).

Each year, the magazine asks readers to share their thoughts about cities, airlines, hotels, spas, and other travel experiences. Readers grade cities based on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

“The 2021 standouts are as far-flung as ever, and suggest a renewed appreciation for places that offer unparalleled natural beauty and, in many places, fewer crowds,” Jacqui Gifford, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure, says in a news release.

Among the standout attractions in San Antonio are the River Walk, Alamo, Pearl district, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Hemisfair, San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, highly rated restaurants, and highly acclaimed hotels.

“A city rich in history, bursting with culture, and booming with modern attractions, San Antonio invites visitors to discover what is old and explore what is new,” Visit San Antonio, the city’s convention and tourism bureau, touts on its website.

Travel + Leisure readers also gave a nod to San Antonio’s Hotel Emma. It ranks seventh among the 15 best city hotels in the continental U.S. Hotel Emma is the only Texas property on this list.

Meanwhile, three San Antonio properties appear in the ranking of the top resorts in Texas: La Cantera Resort & Spa (No. 5), JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa (No. 7), and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa (No. 10).

Leading the list of Texas resorts is Austin’s Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection. Aside from the three San Antonio properties, other resorts making the cut are:

  • Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, No. 2.
  • The Woodlands Resort in The Woodlands, No. 3.
  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston, No. 4.
  • Gage Hotel in Marathon, No. 6.
  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, west of Bastrop, No. 8.
  • Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, No. 9.

Two Austin spas represent Texas on the list of the top 15 domestic spas: Lake Austin Spa Resort (No. 5) and Miraval (No. 12).