We give Houston four stars. And apparently, we aren't the only ones to recognize the city for having the best of the best. Forbes Travel Guide recently created its 56th list of Star Award Winners and Houston made the Texas list not once, but eight times. On the 2014 list of winners worldwide, categories Houston hit include Four-Star hotels, restaurants, recommended restaurants, and spas.

The newest hotel to reach four-star status is Hotel Derek. Other heavy-hitters and repeat gold-star earners include:

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Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotels
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Hotel Derek*
Hotel Granduca
The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa
The St. Regis Houston

Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Restaurants
Quattro, The Four Season

Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Restaurants
Olivette, The Houstonian

Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Spas
Trellis, The Spa at The Houstonian

 

To see the full list of winners, click here