Hotels in Texas

Located in Texas’ capital city, Hotel San José is a quaint hotel in the center of Austin’s bohemian South Congress district. This Texas hotel offers a pool, bar and serene garden. Looking for one of the most historic hotels in Texas? Check out the Magnolia Hotel in Houston. The 23-story space was erected in 1923 and boasts beautiful views of the Christ Church Cathedral. Be sure to take the elevator up to the top floor where you can view the entire city from the open-air roof deck.

One of the best hotels in Texas, Hotel Zaza is feels like a French-Mediterranean villa. With marble baths, crystal chandeliers and African prints, the hotel drips with sophistication. Be sure to take a cool dip in the pool where many celebrities are known to hang out. The Texas desert offers the Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa, a giant resort located on 27,000 acres of land near Big Bend National Park. Guests may be two hundred miles from the nearest town, but they will find that everything they need is right at their fingertips. From a relaxing spa to the general store to a restaurant and salon, the resort has it all. And the championship golf course is not to be forgotten, of course.

Life at the 725-acre Dixie outside of Bandera, Texas, revolves around horses, hard work, and hardy meat-filled meals such as brisket, ribs, and huge portions of chicken fried steak, all served family style.

After a day in the sun, bed down at this charming whitewashed house with green shutters, originally built in 1832.

There are three cozy bedrooms at this 1881 Victorian, painted a cheerful yellow and located a few blocks from the water. If you catch Rockport on a rare rainy day, borrow a book from the well-stocked library and camp out on the covered front porch.

This arts and crafts-style house has units ranging from intimate rooms to a private cottage. Some have claw-footed tubs and separate sunrooms. Don’t miss the tasty breakfast, a large spread of freshly baked muffins, grits, sausage, and specialty plate such as eggs Benedict or Italian strata.

You’ll have total privacy at this Spanish hacienda-style house, built in the early 1900s. Elegantly arched doorways link the two bedrooms and common spaces; outside, a large patio is shaded in tropical foliage.

This 101-room hotel is ideally located in walking distance of the stockyards; thanks to 42-inch flatscreens and separate seating areas, guest quarters are ideal for families. On sunny days, take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.

This 14-room property, housed in a white mansion with English garden-style landscaping is a departure from the area’s chain hotels. Rooms are individually decorated—some are French-inspired, others Italian rococo—and some have in-room fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

Located on a 200-foot cliff above the lake, this 1,090-acre resort has a golf course—one of Texas’ most challenging—designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, as well as a marina with complimentary slips for overnight guests.

Individual cabins overlook a pond full of ducks at geese at this adults-only property 17 miles north of Lewisville. Rooms have four-poster beds and lazy porches with cozy outdoor seating; you may get a visit from the resident llamas and alpacas.

These condo-style accommodations are housed in a smart brick building. Interiors are suited up in contemporary finishes (bamboo floors, full kitchens with granite countertops) and rooms have hotel-like amenities such as memory foam-topped beds and 1,000 thread-count sheets.

A slew of chain hotels might have better room rates, but this sense-of-place B&B, located on a 61-acre vineyard estate, has five rooms with sumptuous linens.

Some of the 231 rooms have private balconies overlooking the water at this hotel on the Rockwall Harbor. You’re in walking distance from shops and cafes, though the hotel’s two restaurants and pool with bar service might tempt you to stay.

Accommodations range from spacious rooms to private villas at this central Arlington property. Grounds have gardens and reflecting pools, as well as a spa. Guests wake up to gourmet breakfasts; the in-house restaurant also serves dinner Thursday through Saturday.

With an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and activities such as story time and the arts and crafts-filled Cub Club, this resort caters taps into the hearts and minds of the kiddos. Check out the website for accommodation deals.

This idyllic mini-city under a dome—complete with rivers, bridges, restaurants and shops—feels like something out of the Truman Show. Kids can jump into the lazy river or take cooking classes while parents head to wine and cheese parties or hit the dance floor at the Cactus Club.