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It’s not just 10-gallon hats that are big in Texas; the state is big. It’s the size of the UK plus a fair slice of northern Europe. So you can expect the landscapes to vary hugely, too; from mountain ranges (some over 7000 feet) to windswept dunes and white-sand beaches, and from pine forests to tumbleweed plains. Urban life, also, ranges from the big-city lights of Dallas and Houston to slow-paced towns with cafes and antique stores. Our selection of the best places to stay in Texas is equally wide-ranging.
You can choose to laze around on the 367 miles of coastline, hike in Big Bend National Park - and it is big; the same size as Rhode Island - or kayak in the cypress-lined bayous in the north-east of the state. Or stare at the stars at the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis; western Texas has some of the clearest skies in North America.
Prefer an urban scene? Dallas, as America’s ninth-largest city, combines a glittering, glassy, skyscraper architecture - best seen from the Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck observation platform - with less showy places such as the ultra-hip Deep Ellum neighbourhood known for its rootsy live music, craft beers and Latin-American food scene. The city has plenty of galleries and museums, too, including the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, which focuses on President John F Kennedy.
In Houston, obviously you need to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center - complete with the historic Mission Control room - then maybe stroll around the 19th-century Old Town, or take in some art at the Museum of Fine Arts with its nationally acclaimed collection of French Impressionists and post-1945 European and American art.
San Antonio has a fascinating Riverwalk in its downtown area; every evening seems to be fiesta time. And if music is your thing, head to Austin with its year-round programme of live-music concerts, including the South by Southwest Festival in March.
Of course, if you want a taste of cowboy life, you’re in the right place. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is just one of the highlights, along with saloons, steakhouses and Western-gear shops, at Stockyards in Fort Worth. And for live rodeo action, visit Houston and San Antonio in February and March; livestock shows and concerts, too.
If you want to taste a bit of everything, use our guide to the best places to stay in Texas to plan your trip.
Western-style ranch resting on 1,500 acres of working land offers stunning views and activities galore. Rustic meets modern in the luxurious rooms. Dine at Dinner Bell, an All American steak house with an extensive wine list. Ride out in the morning, relax by the pool and enjoy the spa treatments.
1930s motel turned minimalist modern boutique with a courtyard and pool. The light rooms are comfortable with all mod-cons and breakfast. No restaurant but a stone's throw from Downtown Austin with live music and film themed evenings in the courtyard. Cheaper than most, offers great location.
Historic elegance meets bustling San Antonio in this stylish redbrick 19th century building. Each room has a view looking out over the city, and a mix of antiques, exposed brickwork, original floorboards and floor-to-ceiling windows give this hotel a comfortable yet classy feel.
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This Cuban chic Riverwalk hotel offers contemporary decor with classic Latin elements. The comfortable rooms’ range is size, all light with mod-cons and private bathroom. Ocho pan-Latin restaurant is a greenhouse setting overlooking the Riverwalk. The Bar is notorious across town.
Old world charm oozes from the marble lobby, stained glass dome and magnificent staircase of this hot spot boutique, which has undergone a significant renovation. The large, classic rooms are comfortable with designer bathrooms. Award-winning Driskill Grill is popular, a legendary drinking hole.
San Antonio (Texas)
This contemporary and stylish hotel offers prime location on the Riverwalk. Vibrant rooms are modern and spacious and with San Antonio views. Citrus Restaurant works with locally sourced produce and Vbar mixes up some delicious cocktails. Great place to stay for the local haunts, or relax at the spa
Neo-gothic architecture dating back to the 1920's. Lavish rooms mix art-deco and contemporary style. Great on-site restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Top floor offers penthouses and a pool with city views. Ultra-modern vibe, cutting-edge design - it's 5* star luxury.
Chic with a huge dollop of zen makes up this boutique on South Congress Avenue. Modern, light with splashes of colour found in the upholstery and the luxurious bathrooms. Head to the kitchen for a fine spread for breakfast, and relax on the deck with a book or around a firepit. Prime city location.
A trendy, luxury guest house with private villas and suites. Bright bold colours, quirky furniture and antique features are scattered throughout. Relax at the outdoor pool with it's unique hot-pink neon sign or in the 70s inspired bar. A swanky spot that is classically Austin.
Uptown Dallas luxury hotel ideal for business or leisure travel. Large, contemporary rooms with city views, seating area and all the mod-cons. Japanese cuisine at Nobu, or head to the The Conservatory for an all-American affair. Relax at the spa & pool or explore the arts & cultural scene close by.
1900 French style residence turned boutique landmark with fireplaces, 200 year old tapestry & contemporary amenities. Large, classic rooms home to four-poster beds, antique furnishings and complimentary breakfast. A popular gourmet restaurant with a seasonal menu is for all. Great exploring base!
1921 European-style mansion turned unique, elegant hotel with restored marble floors, ornate fireplaces and stained glass windows. Large, comfortable rooms with all mod-cons, access to a courtyard pool and in-room spa treatments. Restaurant is a contemporary fusion of classic French and American.
Texas vibes can be seen in the art, the architecture, and the music, even down to the complimentary coffee. Modern and light rooms have white cool tiled bathrooms. Free bicycles available so exploring Austin is easy. This Adult only hotel has restaurants within walking distance. Great spot!
This lively Westside Houston hotel has a pool and spa. Vast rooms with ceiling-to-floor windows, all the mod-cons and modern bathrooms. Radio Milano offers Italian dishes and crafted cocktails. By night a hotspot with in-house Monnalisa by the pool, and by day relax with a spa day or exploring.
This 1857 Texan ranch nestles in 30,000 pristine acres on the Chinati Mountains. A secluded spot offering breathtaking views. Spanish antiques and fireplaces give an authentic vibe to the modern rooms. Gourmet and ancient Mexican dishes are served al fresco by the pool or in the restaurant.
This bright and airy hotel sits in 210 acres of Balcones Canyon lands with infinity pool and spa treatments. Rooms offer big beds, modern bathrooms and views. Organic restaurant offers locally sourced produce. Hiking, riding, biking, zipping are available for a fun-filled weekend or family holiday.
Elegant boutique in the hot spot that is Austin city centre. Guests are welcomed by classical columns, wrap around porch and pool. Contemporary rooms are the epitome of comfort with marble bathrooms and private balconies. Dine at Goodall's Kitchen and Bar with mouth watering innovative dishes.