16 Top-Rated Resorts in Texas
Boasting some of the most dramatic scenery in the US - not to mention some of the country's top attractions - Texas offers no end of great accommodation options. Topping the list of the best places to stay are properties from some of the country's leading luxury hotel and resort brands. Popular choices include Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, a great family getaway for its many fun activities; the opulent Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, the perfect getaway for those seeking some pampering while they explore the surrounding countryside.
Whatever your needs, and whether you're here on business or pleasure, traveling solo or with a partner or family members, the Lone Star state has just what you're looking for. Find the best match for your style and budget with our list of the top-rated resorts in Texas.
1 Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving
The luxurious Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving offers no end of great reasons to stay here. Its elegant country club setting - accentuated by the manicured greens of its 18-hole championship golf course - includes such amenities as a large, outdoor family swimming pool (plus two quieter pools) along with plenty of terrace space on which to unwind and sunbathe. There's also a large fitness center, full-service spa, and plenty of dining options.
There's also much to commend the resort's accommodations. The bright and spacious one-bedroom units are especially popular with couples and families thanks to the convenient pullout sofa in the generously-sized living area. Features include classy custom furniture, comfortable master bedrooms, large living spaces complete with their own cozy fireplaces, dining areas with a table, spacious marble bathrooms with a standalone shower and bathtub, and large furnished balconies with great views over the property.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
2 Hotel ZaZa Dallas
Undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay when visiting Dallas, the boutique-style accommodations at Hotel ZaZa certainly make for a memorable stay. In addition to its eclectic art collections, the hotel offers a world-class restaurant, full-service spa, and a fitness center. There's also a good-sized, heated, outdoor swimming pool and plenty of space to lounge about and relax in.
The accommodations are equally interesting in their choice of décor and also include many fine examples of local artwork. Popular choices include a 1960s-themed suite, complete with love beads, lava lamps, and beanbag seating. With its king bed and futon, this spacious room can sleep up to four guests comfortably. Also worth considering are the upgraded one-bedroom units, which come with handy kitchens, separate dining and living spaces, and balconies or patios.
Accommodation: Hotel ZaZa Dallas
3 Hotel Granduca Houston
A great option for those traveling to Houston, the chic Hotel Granduca only opened in 2006 and has made a name for itself as one of the city's leading luxury addresses. It certainly helps when your signature restaurant, Ristorante Cavour, is as popular with locals as it with guests (it's especially known for its sumptuous brunches and elegant afternoon teas). Other notable amenities include meeting and banquet space, a business center, a delightful heated swimming pool in a pleasant courtyard setting, and a gym. A special treat is taking advantage of the hotel's limo service, which will whisk you about town in a luxurious Italian Maserati.
Offering a total of 122 bright and lavishly decorated guest rooms and suites, this uptown hotel certainly delivers when it comes to comfort. Popular for tourists and business travelers alike, the spacious 825-square-foot Granduca Suites come with such upgrades as modern kitchens with full appliances, separate living and dining rooms, large walk-in closets, and furnished balconies with city views.
Accommodation: Hotel Granduca Houston
4 Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin
A must-stay when in Austin, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests no end of luxury and comfort. And with only 40 guest rooms, it's also one of the city's most tranquil destinations. Highlights of a stay include relaxing in your spacious king room with its king bed (queen beds are also available), or hanging out on the large balcony with its shady awnings and great views over Lake Austin. Other notable features include displays of local art, large bathrooms complete with standalone showers and soaker tubs (bathrobes provided), HDTVs, and desks.
Notable on-site amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, plus a fitness center offering a variety of training options, from yoga to paddleboard exercise classes on the lake. Also available are a full-service spa and excellent dining options (including in-room).
Accommodation: Lake Austin Spa Resort
5 Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Those looking for a picturesque lakeside setting that's close to all the fun of a big city couldn't do much better than book at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Perks and amenities include an on-site spa with steam rooms; a well-equipped fitness center; and a large, outdoor saltwater swimming pool. Other nice touches include access to a chauffeur driven luxury car; valet parking; and, for those with the talent, free loan of musical instruments, including guitars.
When it comes to the hotel's airy, bright guest rooms - it's a fairly large place with some 294 rooms and suites - you can certainly expect the same level of quality. Features of note include large bathrooms with high-end bath products, quality bedding, and a choice of king or two queen beds, work desks, HDTVs, and good-sized balconies with seating and great views over the city or lake. (A few pet-friendly units are available, but be sure to place your request when booking.)
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Austin
6 The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Situated in the very heart of the city's trendy uptown area, The Ritz-Carlton is a chic address for those who like their hotels classy. The resort offers beautifully decorated and furnished rooms in a variety of configurations, and a great choice for those wanting a little more space than your typical hotel room are the well-appointed one-bedroom suites. These spacious units come with such features as master bedrooms with their own parlor, plenty of comfy seating, and ensuite bathrooms with large bathtubs and separate showers.
On-site amenities include a beautiful lobby and lounge area in which to mix and mingle, elegant fine-dining options (be sure to request one of the quiet private dining rooms if traveling with a group), plus a large full-service spa. There's also plenty of function space, a business center, a fitness center offering training programs and personal trainers, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
7 JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
Located in the state's rolling hill country, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is an excellent choice for those wanting a great family vacation. The big attraction here, especially for younger family members, is this vast property's River Bluff Water Experience. This large resort-based waterpark has much to commend it, from its heart-thumping rapid-river ride to the more sedate 1,100-foot-long meandering lazy river. Also worth enjoying are the two championship golf courses, its many dining options, and outdoor movies.
A popular choice for those traveling with kids are the spacious two-bedroom suites, which come with a king and two double beds. Other features of note include the large living areas, the spacious bathroom with separate bathtubs and showers (bathrobes included), and furnished balconies with superb resort views.
Accommodation: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
8 Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas
For something quite different, be sure to consider a stay in the magnificent Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in downtown Dallas. This historic former private mansion has become increasingly popular for its elegant restaurant (the locals dine here, so you know it's good). Other on-site amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center; full-service spa; and large, heated, outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Each of the hotel's chic accommodations have been refurbished and offer a delightful, relaxing retreat just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Popular with couples and those on business, the spacious 450-square-foot king suites (double queen options are also available) feature separate seating areas, large bathtubs with stand-alone walk-in showers, desks, and good-sized balconies with views over the gardens (ground floor units have a patio instead).
Accommodation: Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
9 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio
Another first-rate vacation destination for those seeking a dose of nature with their luxury accommodations is the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Spread across 300-acres of magnificent rolling countryside near San Antonio, the resort offers no end of fun. Highlights include the chance to play 27 holes of championship golf (a pro shop and lessons are available), and a large water park complete with a lazy river and waterslides. Also fun is spending time at the full-service spa and enjoying a tasty meal in one of the on-site restaurants.
When it comes time to bed down for the night, you won't be disappointed with the high-quality of the rooms available here. A great choice for those wanting a little more room are the spacious one- and two-bedroom units, complete with elegant master bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. A real benefit are the kitchenettes with their appliances and sinks, the spacious dining and living areas, plus additional bathrooms. A number of pet-friendly units are also offered, but be sure to place your request when booking.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
10 The Houstonian, Houston
The magnificent Houstonian offers guests an unsurpassed urban getaway set amid an 18-acre treed lot in the heart of Houston. A great choice of room, if it's available, are the exquisitely decorated two-room suites with their custom furnishings and artworks and separate bedrooms. If you can, upgrade to the executive level rooms, which provide a personal concierge and access to a private lounge with complimentary food and drink.
There's certainly much to make you want to stay on-site. In addition to wandering around the expansive property with its many quiet spots, guests are granted access to a private members-only health club, which comes with a choice of three heated swimming pools plus a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The hotel has a pool of its own with poolside dining, a restaurant, plus a spa and hair salon.
Accommodation: The Houstonian
11 The Woodlands Resort, The Woodlands
If exploring the great outdoors is your thing, look no further. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center offers guests access to the incredible 28,000 acres of natural beauty known as Piney Woods. In addition to exploring its magnificent setting - there are plenty of hiking and biking trails here - the resort boasts two first-class golf courses, a large tennis center offering lessons and programs for all ages, and a number of outdoor heated swimming pools. Youngsters will love the waterslides and activities available at the resort's private water park, while adults will enjoy the full-service spa and great dining.
The accommodations on offer at The Woodlands are no less impressive, especially as they all come with great views over the surrounding countryside. If traveling with kids wanting to hang out at the water park, choose one of the spacious poolside units, which come with a choice of king or two queen beds, plus a mini-fridge. Also popular are the club level rooms, which come with privileges like access to a comfortable private lounge.
Accommodation: The Woodlands Resort
12 La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio
Another great offering in San Antonio is the La Cantera Resort & Spa. Notable on-site features include hanging out at one of five heated swimming pools located around the resort, including dedicated adults' and kids' pools, and hot tubs (cabana rentals are available). The resort also boasts two championship golf courses along with a pro shop and coaching should you want to work on your game. Other fun features include a large and fully-equipped fitness center, jogging trails, a full-service spa, and on-site shopping.
If your budget allows, be sure to consider checking into one of the larger family suites. Highlights of these very luxurious 1,700-square-foot accommodations are their two separate bedrooms, the largest of which comes with its own parlor area. Also useful are the separate dining and living areas, plus a work area with desk. Standard features you'll find in all the rooms include spacious bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs.
Accommodation: La Cantera Resort & Spa
13 Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Cedar Creek
As you'd expect from one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa comes with a healthy dose of opulence. Each of the resort's 491 bright rooms and suites contain custom finishes and flourishes that exude a sense of luxury, along with handy mini-fridges, HDTVs, and bathrobes. The larger units come with additional perks such as separate bedrooms and additional bathrooms, as well as separate work areas, and spacious dining and living rooms. A number of pet-friendly suites are available, so be sure to make your request known when booking.
There's plenty to do around the resort, too. Highlights include walking and biking the trails that crisscross the resort's 400-acres, or exploring the endless trails of the nearby McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Drive. Other fun activities include enjoying a nature tour, relaxing poolside, and toasting marshmallows on one of the fire pits. A real treat for kids is the resort's water park with its thrilling splash rides and 1,000-foot lazy river. There's also eight dining options, a, fitness center, full-service spa, and tennis center.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
14 Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, & Convention Center, Galveston
Set amid 242 acres overlooking the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, the 418-roomed Moody Gardens Hotel is a superb location for those seeking a relaxing beachside stay. In addition to its lovely gardens, the property includes a lush lagoon and a number of fascinating glass greenhouses in the shape of pyramids, where you can experience a variety of fauna in a rainforest setting along with an aquarium. Guests also have easy access to the delightful Moody Gardens, one of the top botanical attractions in Texas. Other on-site amenities include a spa, fitness center, and a number of restaurants.
A variety of accommodation options are also available. Popular choices include the 500-square-foot queen rooms (two beds provided), some of which have Gulf views. An even larger version is available that comes with separate living areas, large bathrooms with walk-in showers and soaker tubs, and mini-fridges.
Accommodation: Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
15 The San Luis Resort, Galveston Island
Another great choice for those looking to experience Galveston is The San Luis Resort. The 250 bright and well-appointed guest rooms and suites offer features such as large furnished balconies (be sure to request a Gulf view), spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (bathrobes provided), as well as Keurig coffee makers, mini-fridges, and microwaves. A number of executive suites are also available.
In addition to having direct access to a long stretch of beach, guests will also enjoy on-site amenities including a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool with plenty of space to sunbathe (lounge chairs and umbrellas provided, while luxurious cabanas with fridges and TVs can be rented), along with a plunge pool. The resort also boasts an impressive number of places to eat, along with a full-service spa and a fitness center.
Accommodation: The San Luis Resort
16 Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
Located in Grapevine, the sprawling lakeside Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is a great choice for those seeking quality accommodations near Dallas. Popular room choices - particularly for families - are the spacious one-bedroom units, which come with separate master bedrooms, large bathrooms with deep soaker bathtubs and separate showers, and even dining rooms. Whatever size of room you choose, though, you can expect quality features, such as furnished balconies, HDTVs, and mini-fridges.
There's certainly lots to do around the resort, too. Activities include plenty of watery action splashing around the resort's private water park with its many thrilling slides, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, great dining options, a full-service spa, and a games room.
Accommodation: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center