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2 Texas Hill Country Hotels and Resorts Make TripAdvisor Top 25 List

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Ahead of what is predicted to be a busy travel season for spring and summer 2018, TripAdvisor has released their list of the top 25 hotels in the United States. A prominent Texas Hill Country hotel has made the TripAdvisor Top 25 list, as did a family-friendly resort.

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Hotel Emma, located in San Antonio’s “Pearl District,” was named number four on the list of Top 25 Hotels. Hotel Emma was once the Pearl’s Brewhouse and was built in 1894. It was designed in the “Second Empire” style by Chicago architect, August Maritzen. By 1916, the Pearl was the largest brewery in Texas and the only brewery to survive prohibition. The brewery was officially closed in 2001.

In 2002, the property was purchased, and renovations began to restore the structure to its original luster. The Hotel Emma opened in 2015 and has garnered accolades as being the centerpiece of the cultural and culinary destination that The Pearl District has become, near downtown San Antonio.

The Pearl

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The Pearl features a wide array of shopping, dining and event activities. This bustling scene feels less touristy than the nearby River Walk. The Pearl features apartment living along the banks of the San Antonio River with close proximity to the downtown and medical center areas of San Antonio.

Also making the list of the Best Hotels for Families is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park-Camp Resort in Canyon Lake. Just steps from the Guadalupe River, Jellystone Park features events and activities that delight families year round. From an interactive water playground to Lazer Tag, everyone will beg to go back to Jellystone Park-Camp Resort year after year.

The list was compiled by TripAdvisor and was determined based on traveler reviews of the properties. To see the complete set of lists, visit the TripAdvisor website.