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Historic Houston hotel ranks in Top 10 of 'Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Hotel'

Chron logo Chron 5/14/2021 ShaCamree Gowdy
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In the heart of Houston's thriving Theater District sits a small and historic luxury hotel.

The Lancaster Hotel has been providing exceptional service and hospitality for nearly a century, and it has been named one of the best in the United States by online travel company TripAdvisor. Coming in at No. 9 in Trip Advisor's 2021 hotel rankings, it was the only Texas hotel to rank in the top 10, per Houstonia Magazine's Catherine Wendlandt.

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The "quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on TripAdvisor" between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020 determined the annual "Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Awards for Hotels," per TripAdvisor.

From its rich history of celebrity guests to its multimillion-dollar renovation following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, it's no wonder people are fond of this destination. It was renamed The Lancaster in 1983 after being known as the Auditorium Hotel since 1926, per Wendlandt.


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Inspired by the classic Regency style, the redesigned Lancaster hotel features clean, elegant lines and an intimate yet open floor plan, per its website. Each of the hotel's 93 guest rooms and suites comes with luxurious bathrobes and slippers, among other amenities—the perfect addition to an already relaxing evening.

The hotel also offers a complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet, car service within the downtown area and Nespresso in-room coffee (as a coffee lover, this is important to me).

Over 200 contemporary works of art by artists with strong ties to Texas make up The Lancaster Collection, which is displayed throughout the hotel's public spaces.

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“Run, don’t walk, to this perfect, luxurious boutique hotel in Houston!” advised a traveler, per TripAdvisor.

San Antonio’s Hotel Emma ranked No. 11 on TripAdvisor's list.

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