The New Hotel That's Making San Antonio the Coolest City in Texas
There’s a new must-see hotel in Texas, proving that San Antonio is gaining momentum as a hot destination for 2016. Set in a 121-year-old brewhouse, the Roman and Williams–designed Hotel Emma is one-of-a-kind, and a destination in and of itself. The design and development teams went to great length to preserve the history and soul of the luxury hotel’s blue-collar past, and the result is simply stunning. Keep scrolling for a tour of this unique space.
Located in the city’s lively, food-focused Pearl District near the San Antonio River Walk, Hotel Emma attracts discerning travelers looking to experience the cultural and culinary side of San Antonio.
The interiors have been vastly preserved—chipped plaster walls and all—and outfitted with gorgeous encaustic tiles, and antique furniture. The foyer’s large hearst and oversize chandelier serve as a focal point.
In the hotel’s library, furniture and objects were sourced from the years when the brewery was first constructed, keeping in line with the building’s authenticity. Up to 3700 books are housed in the library and its steel mezzanine.
The lobby features the original decayed brick walls, exposed masonry, and industrial structure. The large space is divided into multiple seating areas and is also home to the city’s only culinary concierge, ready to shed light on San Antonio’s food scene.
An early 20th-century engine towers over the lobby, giving visitors a glimpse into the building’s industrial past.
The 146-room hotel is also home to Supper, a farm-to-table restaurant with an informal sharing mentality; Larder, a gourmet market and demonstration kitchen that can be booked for private events; and the Sternewirth, the hotel’s two-story bar. Historically, “the Sternewirth privilege” referred to the brewery’s policy allowing workers to drink on the premises in moderation.
Guests can also enjoy a day poolside under the hot Texan sun, or shop Curio, a boutique in the lobby offering curated local treasures and offerings.
The guest rooms feature distressed walls, simple antique furnishings, and worldly accents. The rooms’ iceboxes are stocked with local food-and-drink offerings.
The guest rooms’ bathrooms are covered in glazed watery-blue ceramic tiles and brass hardware; it's an ideal space to indulge in a lavish bubble bath.
The bathrooms might in fact be our favorite rooms of the entire hotel. The pedestal sinks, brass accents, and blue and white tiles have an almost nautical feel that complement the hotel’s seersucker robes beautifully.
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