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The Best New (or Improved) Texas Hotels

You are looking for a great hotel to stay in for your weekend getaway and want to stay in Texas. You want this hotel to be your all-in destination that you don't want to leave so you are not concerned about proximity to a major metropolitan area, but you do want all those little extras that make it a very notable experience. Read on for suggestions that just might be perfect for you whether it is in the middle of a city or far off the beaten path.

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Washington

This country escape is brimming with character and charm; where you may become incurably spoiled with its special touches the minute you walk in the door. Whether it's the luxurious conveniences, the gourmet menu, or the plethora of activities available to you at this idyllic getaway, you will not be disappointed in your stay.
The Inn At Dos Brisas

The Joule

Dallas

What a delightful experience to swim to the glassed edge of the heated rooftop pool, which juts out a dramatic eight feet so you can peer down on Main Street. You will find industrial chic touches everywhere from the lobby to the 129 guest rooms as well as a full martini station and luxe Bulgari bath products. Very chic!
The Joule

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Austin

This ideal urban hideout, which is lushly landscaped and well hidden from the touristy South Congress, is a coolly decadent boutique hotel that stands by it's philosophy "A hotel shouldn't indulge it should enrich". There are five suites, three studios, and six poolside bungalows in this white clapboard Victorian house.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Riven Rock Ranch

Comfort

The owners have combined their energy, industry and artistry to create the perfect setting for rejuvenation, tranquility and celebration. The six guest cottages are decorated in a sophisticated country motif and the activities are geared to individual pace preference ranging from laid back to revved up.
Riven Rock Ranch

El Cosmico

Marfa

"El Cosmico is part vintage trailer, safari tent and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheater - a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange." This high desert "kibbutz" on seventeen acres is strewn with seven sleekly restored vintage trailers.
El Cosmico

Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest

Talpa

A stylish five-room inn on a 300-acre ranch, making it a destination for relaxing as well as fine dining. Rancho Loma began as a gourmet restaurant and then the owners added the five room structure that is as modern as the original farmhouse is historic when customers would hint about wanting to spend the night hence the + rest.
Rancho Loma Restaurant + Rest

Hotel ZaZa

Houston

This hotel, formerly the Warwick Hotel, is a twelve story 315 room feast for the senses. The lobby is decked out with massive crystal chandeliers, wall sized mirrors, and a long koi filled pool. Guests love the cozy ZaSpa offering Botox-like facials and detoxifying scrubs. The Monarch is the ZaZa's see and be seen bistro and you just might see one of the many celebrity sightings.
Hotel Zaza

Hotel Galvez

Galveston

Last year the hotel unveiled the $11 million face lift to the Queen of the Gulf which radiates in the eight story grand hotel. As you walk in the lobby you will see a richly hued sitting area, a striking bar, and porch where you can sit in wicker chairs and look out to the Gulf waves just beyond the Galvez's great lawn and gardens. You may spend your time in the spa, pool with the swim up bar, sipping lavender infused champagne in the relaxation room, or leave the hotel for a bicycle cruise along the seawall.

Hotel Galvez

San Antonio

Perched on a bluff in the rolling scenic hill country of north San Antonio, the building, grounds, and views are spectacular. The JW Marriott has very comfortable resort type rooms and suites, an unbelievable sports bar with a 120' jumbo screen, an outstanding $15 million 6 acre water park, a spa, two fitness centers, and two very good restaurants.
JW Marriott

Austin

This secluded eighteen month old wellness resort aims to offer a "Zen-like" sabbatical. Guests are treated to all-organic spa treatments, meals made with locally sourced ingredients, and a daily "experience schedule". Activities include culinary demonstrations, horseback rides, harmonica lessons, and early morning hike.
Travaasa Austin

Some information in this article is thanks to Texas Monthly