Southern hospitality meets industrial chic at this striking designer hotel.
The history of San Antonio’s Hotel Emma is every bit as impressive as its gorgeously preserved architecture, design and décor. The castle-like brick structure that houses this unique boutique hotel first opened back in 1894 as Pearl’s Brewhouse. Hotel namesake Emma Koehler’s capable, and sometimes creative, direction led the company through Prohibition, and brewing operations continued until the business finally closed in 2001. After extensive renovations that preserved the building’s proud past while bringing it solidly up to date, the Hotel Emma eventually opened on the historic premises.
Guests are greeted with a signature La Babia margarita, setting the tone for the casual, friendly atmosphere. The 146 rooms and suites boast exposed brick walls, four-poster beds decked out in Frette linens, custom furniture, ice box-style mini-bars and seersucker robes. Suites are especially elegant, with individual extras such as a dining table for eight, private service pantry, fireplace, wet bar and/or cupola. The bistro-chic Supper American Eatery serves South Texas-influenced American fare, the well-stocked LARDER provides gourmet market goodies on-site, and Sternewirth offers cocktails, wine and craft beer in a clubby setting. Other amenities include a rooftop pool, meeting venues and the thoughtfully stocked Curio gift shop.