Walk into the lobby of the historic Lancaster Hotel in Downtown’s Theater District, and you’ll feel as though you’re stepping into a scene from The Great Gatsby. But you probably won’t be the only one—this luxe, Roaring ’20s-era boutique hotel was just named one of the best hotels in the country by TripAdvisor.
On Wednesday, the travel review/booking site released its annual “Travelers' Choice® Best of the Best Awards for Hotels,” including the “Top 10 Hotels in the U.S. for 2021.” The Lancaster ranked ninth, the only Texas hotel to make the top 10 list—it’s the only hotel west of the Mississippi River in the top 10, for that matter, so the results were probably skewed. To be fair, San Antonio's Hotel Emma did rank 11th, but still.
OK, considering the methodology looked at the “quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on TripAdvisor” from January 1 to December 31 last year—you know, the year where almost no one can travel—we’re pretty sure the results were skewed.
That being said, the Lancaster is a charming spot for a staycation. Built in 1926 and designed by the same architect who designed City Hall, the hotel was originally named the Auditorium Hotel for the nearby vaudeville stage. It was rebranded as The Lancaster in 1983, and after Hurricane Harvey the hotel underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and is now more luxurious than ever.
See the full list of TripAdvisor winners here.