Where To Stay Now 2012: The Ten Best New (Or Improved!) Texas Hotels
Fri October 12, 2012 11:55 am

As a recent study of hotel booking trends pointed out, us Texans prefer to vacation in Texas. Since our last roundup of the state's most notable lodgings was in 2004, I thought it was high time to revisit the subject. So I drafted a list of 44 hotels that have opened or undergone significant renovations in the last 8 years. I then winnowed that list down and booked rooms (anonymously) at 24 properties across the state to determine my favorites. Although my full reviews will be available next week (the November issue goes live on TexasMonthly.com on Wednesday and hits newsstands on Thursday), I wanted to go ahead and share my ten favorites (plus the five that nearly made the cut) . . . . 

 

AUSTIN

Hotel Saint Cecilia

112 Academy Drive, 512-852-2400, hotelsaintcecilia.com

AUSTIN

Travaasa Austin

13600 FM 2769, 512-258-7243, travaasa.com/austin

 

COMFORT

Riven Rock Ranch

390 Hermann Sons Road, 877-726-2490, rivenrockranch.com

 

DALLAS

The Joule

1530 Main, 214-748-1300, thejouledallas.com

 

GALVESTON

Hotel Galvez

2024 Seawall Boulevard, 409-765-7721, wyndhamhotelgalvez.com

 

HOUSTON

Hotel ZaZa

5701 Main, 713-526-1991, hotelzaza.com/houston

 

MARFA

El Cosmico

802 S. Highland Avenue, 432-729-1950, elcosmico.com

 

SAN ANTONIO

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

23808 Resort Parkway, 866-882-4420, jwsanantonio.com

 

TALPA

Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest

2969 CR 422, 325-636-4556, rancholoma.com

 

WASHINGTON

The Inn at Dos Brisas

10000 Champion Drive, 979-277-7750, dosbrisas.com

. . .

THE RUNNERS-UP

From left to right: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; Hotel Granduca, Houston; The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Round Top; La Posada Milagro, Terlingua; and Hotel Havana, San Antonio.

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