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10 Luxurious Valentine’s Day Getaways Across Texas

A Short and Sweet Journey to the Top Hotels in the State

BY // 01.24.23

Roses are lovely, candy is fine, but if there’s one absolutely foolproof Valentine’s Day gift, it’s a romantic getaway. In honor of the love-themed holiday, we’re highlighting some of the best hotel stays (complete with incentivizing offers) across Texas — because the only thing better than a thoughtful retreat is a short and sweet journey to get there.

*Updated in January 2023

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A romantic Hotel Emma suite in San Antonio’s historic Pearl District. (courtesy)

Hotel Emma | San Antonio, Texas

With its lush, lived-in aesthetic, it’s hard to believe this Pearl District hotel has only been around since 2015. Of course, it helps that Hotel Emma is housed in a historic 19th-century brewhouse and features a design by renowned New York interiors firm Roman & Williams.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The see-and-be-seen hotel’s elevated farm-to-table restaurant Supper is offering an exclusive pre-fixe menu for the holiday. Bonus points for booking a Valentine’s Day special package for two at the hotel (available through February).

 

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JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa in Sonora, Texas. (courtesy)

JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa | Sonora, Texas

Five-star luxury located just off the grid. The unique, intimate property is known for wine tastings, shooting instruction, horseback riding, romantic outdoor dining, and plenty of room — 13,000,000 acres to be exact — to unwind.

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For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The Texas Hill Country is romantic all on its own, but to up the ante, JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa is offering a fourth night free for couples looking to book a weekend stay through Monday.

 

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The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas (courtesy)

The Joule | Dallas, Texas

The slick spot often feels like the pulsing heart of Main Street. It’s a luxurious retreat for travelers looking for a unique getaway, a gathering spot for local artists, and (thanks to spots like Midnight Rambler) a perfect pit stop during an adventurous night in downtown Dallas. The hotel’s subterranean spa may just be the best in the city.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Take advantage of The Joule’s “Make It a Date” package this Valentine’s Day weekend. The one-night stay includes complimentary valet, a custom sweet from the hotel’s in-house pastry team, and a $50 food and beverage credit.

 

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The Post Oak Hotel in Houston’s Uptown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy of Fertitta Entertainment)

The Post Oak Hotel | Houston, Texas

Houston’s five-Diamond hotel lives up to the glamorous hype. The upscale Uptown destination has the best of best of everything — think 500-count Egyptian cotton bed linens, all-white marble bathrooms, and custom-beaded crystal fixtures. Funded by billionaire Tilman Fertitta, Post Oak brought game-changing luxury to the city when it opened in 2018.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Post Oak’s “Season of Love” package includes a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, one dozen roses,  an aphrodisiac wine pairing experience led by our Master Sommelier at Stella’s Wine Bar, and dinner or brunch for two at Bloom & Bee.

 

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The Commodore Perry Estate makes a stunning first impression. (Photo by Auberge Resorts Collection)

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection | Austin, Texas 

Originally built in 1928 as a country home for “Commodore” Edgar and Lutie Perry, the 10,800-square-foot Italianate manse was revitalized — with the help of notable designer Ken Fulk — and reopened in 2020 as the first Texas property by Auberge Resorts Collection, known for ultra-luxury inns. It’s quickly become a hot spot for travelers and locals alike thanks to the estate’s private membership program.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The property is known for curating picture-perfect moments (caviar picnic, anyone?), so you can trust the destination to execute a perfect V-Day. This year’s Valentine’s Day Escape features in-room yoga, romantic picnics, decadent dinners, and custom experiences with Austin favorites.

 

Joel Mozersky’s directive from Virgin for the <em>Funny Library Coffee Shop</em> was to be whimsical and surreal, and the Menagerie of Extinct Animals wallcovering from Moooi (available locally at ID Collection) fit the bill perfectly. Seating alcoves are built into the library shelving for an intimate feel. “The niches are always the first seats filled, because the people watching from them is great,” he says.
The surreal Funny Library Coffee Shop in Virgin Hotels Dallas.

Virgin Hotels | Dallas

From the Funny Library Coffee Shop to the rooftop Pool Club and the guest rooms dubbed The Chambers, each space in the lushly appointed Virgin Hotels Dallas packs plenty of wit and sophistication. The Design District destination features collaborative designs from two top Texas firms: Dallas-based Swoon, the Studio, and Joel Mozersky Design of Austin.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Virgin Hotels’ “Month of Love” features exclusive rates, guaranteed 2 pm late checkout, a handcrafted dessert, a specialty care package from White Rock Soap Company, and a complimentary bottle of bubbly.

 

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Sit on the veranda at Hotel Drover’s signature restaurant 97 West.

Hotel Drover | Fort Worth, Texas

With its hacienda-style architecture and lush courtyards, Hotel Drover is a dreamy escape in Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards — and proves that a Western aesthetic can be seriously swanky. Seated at the head of the beautifully preserved and revitalized Mule Alley, the Marriott Autograph Collection hotel offers an immersive Southern experience.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: Enjoy the holiday at Hotel Drover with a three-course pre-fixe menu (available on February 14 only) at 97 West Kitchen & Bar.

 

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The components of Lava Thomas’ “Resistance Reverb: Movements 1,” 2018, floating above a lobby seating area in the Hall Arts Hotel, are reminiscent of the tambourines held by activists during the pivotal women’s marches of 2017. (Photo by Robert Tsai)

Hall Arts Hotel | Dallas, Texas

The towering Hall Arts Hotel, with its sleek glass facade and commanding views of the Dallas skyline, is the only hotel in the country’s largest contiguous arts district. Naturally, the hotel has its own expansive collection to display — one that doesn’t shy away from the provocative.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: A luxurious “Art of Love” offer runs through February, but the Dallas hotel knows that Galentine’s deserves its own getaway experience. Hall Arts’ Valentine’s Day-adjacent package includes a bottle of BACA Wines Double Dutch Zinfandel,  a curated amenity by Executive Chef Anthony Hsia, and a bath-bombed ensuite soaking tub courtesy of Texas-based Milk + Honey.

 

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Kimpton Harper Hotel’s 24th-floor lobby and bar.

The Harper | Fort Worth, Texas

Last Summer, Kimpton breathed new life into a century-old Fort Worth landmark to debut The Harper, a stylish boutique hotel armed with a contemporary Italian restaurant (iL Modo) and a slick penthouse bar.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: February offers at the chic Fort Worth hotel include a Galentine’s Getaway and a “Valentine’s Champagne Emergency,” featuring a bottle of Veuve Clicquot paired with chocolate truffles.

 

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The luxe swimming retreat at Hotel ZaZa’s Houston location in the Museum District. (courtesy)

Hotel ZaZa | Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Known for its sophisticated — yet sexy — vibes and detailed concepts suites, the Texas boutique hotel chain is dedicated to showing guests a good time.

For the Love of Valentine’s Day: The Valentine’s 2023 package is available at all four Texas properties and includes a $200 food and beverage credit, an in-room sensuality amenity, and complimentary valet parking.

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