"Hotel Emma, housed in an 1894 clock tower, isn’t just beautiful (see: masterfully preserved, 19th-century industrial details, like a bottle capper repurposed as a glowing chandelier), it’s also a good time," says Condé Nast Traveler. Add a welcome margarita at check-in, multiple in-house dining outlets, and surrounding Pearl district, and you have the perfect location for vacations and staycations alike.
Only one other Texas hotel lands on the elite world's best list: Austin's JW Marriott, at No. 42. On the magazine's list of best hotels in the U.S., Hotel Emma is third, behind the Thompson and Virgin hotels in Chicago.
Unsurprisingly, Hotel Emma is the No. 1 hotel in Texas, followed by Austin's JW Marriott and Hotel Van Zandt, The St. Anthony, and Gage Hotel in Marathon. San Antonio's Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, Mokara Hotel & Spa, and Omni La Mansión del Rio also appear in the top 10, proving you don't need to travel far for an exquisite getaway.