For more than 30 years, Condé Nast Traveler has asked readers to weigh in on the top places, spaces, and trips around the world. This year's results, released on October 7, not only shine a spotlight on six top-rated hotels and resorts in San Antonio, but on the city itself.
This year’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are based on input from more than 600,000 travelers around the world.
Topping the accolades for San Antonio is a No. 10 showing among the best big cities in the U.S. Chicago took the top spot, followed by Minneapolis and Boston. No other Texas city made the list.
“Best known for its River Walk and the historic Alamo, San Antonio in recent years has developed a hip side worth exploring," the magazine says. "Its Pearl District is a pedestrian-friendly redevelopment with buzzy restaurants on the banks of the river."
Condé Nast Traveler also gives a nod to the smothered chicken-fried steak at Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe and the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden.
“If you’re lucky, you’ll be there for Fiesta, a 10-day heritage celebration that draws locals and tourists alike,” says Condé Nast Traveler, recommending the Pearl's Hotel Emma or the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa as places to stay.
Tops in Texas
San Antonio fared well in the magazine’s ranking of the best hotels in Texas, too. The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk grabbed the No. 2 spot, behind the JW Marriott Austin, while The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel ranked third, and Hotel Emma ranked fourth.
How did Dallas hotels do? Five made the Texas' best list: Hotel ZaZa (No. 5), the Ritz-Carlton (No. 8), Hotel Crescent Court (No. 13), The Adolphus (No. 14), and Hilton Anatole (No. 18).
On Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the top resorts in the U.S., San Antonio’s La Cantera Resort & Spa landed at No. 8.
“We take pride in our world-class property, team and services, and we are elated and humbled to be ranked so highly, especially since it comes directly from readers and travelers who have experienced our Hill Country oasis,” John Spomer, vice president and managing director of La Cantera, says in a release announcing the news. “We look forward to continuing to provide elevated service and experience to our future guests.”
San Antonio also nabbed three spots among the top resorts in Texas and the Southwest, with La Cantera Resort & Spa leading the list, followed at No. 2 by the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa ranked 16th.
The Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas grabbed No. 22. It was the only Dallas-area resort to make the list.