Best Boutique Hotel - 2012
Located in a 1920s-era building that formerly housed the precursor to The Houston Post, the Magnolia symbolizes sleek, understated elegance. From its rooftop pool to its hardwood-floored lobby to its modern-yet-cozy rooms in between, everything about the Magnolia was designed with a sharp eye for detail and dignity. There is no gaudiness, no feeling that — unlike some other boutiques — it will look garish and dated in a handful of years. Besides the delicious, complimentary evening cookies, your stay includes downtown car transportation; for a little extra, treat yourself to special packages including a massage, a five-course meal at the popular Strip House steakhouse and the Deluxe Romance Package, as well as other perks.