The 10 Most Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Texas

Hotel ZaZa has a unique cultural reputation
Hotel ZaZa has a unique cultural reputation | Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa Dallas / Expedia
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26 October 2020

Traditional Texan hospitality meets cosmopolitan vibes in these 10 outstanding boutique hotels in Texas. From Dallas to trendy Austin and the arts oasis of Marfa, we profile the most beautiful, daring and luxurious accommodations across the state.

The Joule Dallas

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (950 Reviews)
The Joule is one of the top places to stay in Dallas and is also home to an exquisite art collection | Courtesy of the Joule / Expedia
Designed by award winning architect Adam Tihany, the extravagant highlights of the Joule Dallas surpass all ordinary expectations. Showcasing works by Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss and Richard Phillips alongside a Taschen library, the Joule offers unconventional luxury with an intellectual edge in Dallas.
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The Driskill

4.5/5 (955 Reviews)
The epitome of Texan hospitality, the Driskill exudes a timeless opulence which echoes its turn-of-the-century heritage. Having hosted an eclectic mix of legendary figures, from Bill Clinton to Bob Dylan, this iconic hotel offers a grand alternative to Austin’s laid-back cool.
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Hotel Ella

4.5/5 (782 Reviews)
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With a rich history as a former Victorian mansion and later, student residence, Neoclassical Hotel Ella oozes chic sophistication. In harmony with Ella’s elegant aesthetic, this newly renovated hotel exhibits sculpture by the Texan artist Charles Umlauf, designating its courtyard an open gallery.
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Hotel San Jose

Hotel San José houses 40 motel-style rooms
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Situated on South Congress Avenue, Hotel San Jose is a unique amalgamation of fresh minimalism and musical legacy with touches of Austin style that reflect the hotel’s communal atmosphere. Promoting a chilled-out vibe, bungalow-hotel San Jose hosts regular events like film nights, tarot readings and DJ sets, delivering eclectic entertainment.
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Hotel ZaZa Dallas

4.6/5 (952 Reviews)
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Judging by the lavishness of ZaZa’s thematic concept suites, this eccentric hotel is not one to shy away from innovation. With design inspirations ranging from Toulouse Lautrec’s bohemian Paris to Leonardo’s Italian Renaissance, guests may pursue literary fantasies and immerse themselves in a bygone era. An exclusive Art House & Social Gallery hosting exhibitions, installations and seminars further reinforces ZaZa’s unique cultural reputation.
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The Adolphus

4.5/5 (968 Reviews)
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A recognized historic landmark, the Adolphus was built in 1912 and encompasses Baroque sensibilities in both architectural merit and majestic character. Bedecked with museum-worthy features like a Victorian Steinway belonging to the Guggenheim family and Flemish tapestries, the Adolphus has accommodated Queen Elizabeth II and Oscar de la Renta .
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  • El Cosmico

    Hotel, Camping
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    The Imperial Mansion Trailer and teepees are two of many accommodations at El Cosmico
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    El Cosmico, a nomadic 18-acre (7ha) hotel and campground, merges Buddhist ethos with hippy-inspired bohemianism to formulate a contemplative space detached from everyday chaos in the oasis of Marfa. This tranquil retreat hosts intensive design workshops, culinary trainings and music festivals, all of which seek to celebrate local and national cultural traditions.

    Kimber Modern

    Boutique Hotel
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    Decorated by local artists, this multi-level architectural masterpiece is no run-of-the-mill luxury establishment. Created by Burton Baldrige, winner of the Texas Society of Architects Design Award, Kimber Modern’s unique twist on contemporary minimalism will enthuse design buffs worldwide.

    NYLO Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (889 Reviews)
    Canvas Hotel
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    An interactive hub for the ultra-trendy traveller, NYLO’s urban loft-style interiors act as a visual platform for locally sourced creativity. NYLO seeks to celebrate the Dallas community by commissioning resident artists to decorate the hotel’s bar, restaurant and public areas, generating vibrant spaces for a stimulating experience.
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