The Guide: Texas

Where to Eat

**Holiday Inn Airport
**_6655 Gateway West, El Paso (915/778-6411; Rates: $159 double.
_The name is anything but glamorous, but this conveniently located hotel manages to exude its own, unique charm. From the boldly colored, hacienda-style lobby to the live mariachi music at the tequila bar on most evenings, this Holiday Inn on the Texas-Mexico border serves as an ideal launchpad from which to explore El Paso.

**Hotel Galvez
**_2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston (409/ 765-7721; Rates: $119-$269 double. _This stately old resort hotel offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and the old Galveston seawall. At the hotel's restaurant, Bernardo's, creative takes on local seafood, like grilled jumbo Gulf shrimp with cumin-infused Indian slaw, are consummately executed.

**Watermark Hotel
**_212 West Crockett Street, San Antonio (210/396-5800; Rates: $300 double.
_Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the warm, tastefully decorated Watermark also houses a fully functioning spa. The promise of massages and facials, not to mention the rooftop pool and cafe, might make it hard for some guests to venture beyond the hotel's walls.

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