The Post Oak Hotel
1600 West Loop South, Uptown
Businessman Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets, aspires to provide the global traveler with the ultimate respite with his new hotel, the Post Oak.
5701 Main St., Museum District
Hotel ZaZa is right at home in Houston's Museum District, where its themed suites—not for minimalists—are as elaborate as any show in the nearby galleries.
1070 Dallas St., Downtown
A new addition to Downtown Houston, Hotel Alessandra is a modern, twenty-story building situated near the METRORail, making it the perfect home base from which to explore all of Houston.
The St. Regis Houston
1919 Briar Oaks Ln., River Oaks
A stone's throw from the Galleria and the traffic-congested streets of Houston, the St. Regis offers the biggest luxury of all: quiet.
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
1300 Lamar St., Downtown
A 2017 renovation has given the thirty-five-year-old hotel a glossy new exterior and a sleekly finished leather-and-glass lobby.
2332 Leonard St., Uptown
To some, the décor may seem a little wild; to others, Zaza’s flamboyance is a welcome relief from the neutrals that characterize most hotels. The bones are Mediterranean—tile floors and soaring ceilings—but the guest rooms are a thematic riot, ranging from Moroccan-inspired to Moulin Rouge. The beds are roomy and comfortable, dressed in Italian linens, and the spa has an excellent facial program including impressive peel- and laser-based treatments. While the pool isn’t huge, its location—in a very Zen-ish garden with just a few lounge chairs—feels intimate. It’s the kind of place you want to relax with a book for a few hours before getting ready for a night out. The house bar is good times guaranteed, especially on weekends, thanks to the skilled mixologists, but the nearby Arts District means there are plenty of walkable options for dining, drinking, and wherever the evening may take you.
Travis Heights Bungalow
Travis Heights, Austin
While Austin has no shortage of great, quirky hotels (Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia being two of our favorites), there's something totally clutch about finding a great house you can spread out in, too, particularly if you're traveling with another couple or have littles in tow. Enter this lovingly restored 1920's bungalow that happens to belong to a friend of a goop staffer, conveniently located in Travis Heights, and an easy walk from the action on South Congress Avenue. There are two generously sized bedrooms, a modern, subway tile-lined bathroom with brass fixtures; plus, the light-filled sitting room is tastefully appointed with vintage furnishings and great for gathering. The fully-equipped kitchen is stocked a fresh loaf of Sourdough bread from a neighborhood bakery, organic Mill King milk for the Nespresso coffee machine, butter, eggs and even local honey. Don't miss spending a late afternoon unwinding in the backyard under the native oak trees.
Hotel Saint George
105 S Highland Ave, Marfa
Just a few years ago, the magic of Marfa was that there wasn’t much there besides art and a smattering of really good shops and restaurants. The Hotel Saint George is the town's first luxury property, and it’s a fancy minimalist’s dream. Marfa Book Company, located in the lobby, is one of the best ways to spend the afternoon.
Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St., Rainey
Part of the appeal of Hotel Van Zandt is its location in Rainey Street Historic District, and close proximity to the Austin-specific, easy-going, bungalow-turned-bars there. The Kimpton hotel has 300-plus guest rooms, decorated in the brand's signature smart style, and a handful of fabulous suites, which have views of downtown, Rainey Street, or Lady Bird Lake. Van Zandt's chic pool and deck also overlook Lady Bird.
Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Dr., North Burnet
This boutique hotel is a modernized revamp of a retro motor court motel—its live music, bonfire parties, and dipping pool reminiscent of a classic Texas swimming hole have made it a destination for the young and hip. This is the place to stay for quirky Americana touches without skimping on quality, cleanliness, or luxe amenities (including a supply of bath-and-body products made in California by modern apothecary, Lather). Located in North Austin, the vibe here is definitely social—all the outdoors activities make great opportunities to meet fellow travelers (and locals), have a drink, and hang out. The on-site food truck court, in true Austin fashion, is a big bonus.
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