From its perch on Travis Park, just three blocks from the Alamo, The St. Anthony hotel has witnessed a lot of San Antonio history. First opened in 1909, the hotel was technologically-advanced for its day (think private bathrooms and automatic doors and lighting), and soon became known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the country, hosting everyone from the local elite to visiting royalty, presidents, and movie stars. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-story landmark emerged from a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2015, when it was e-launched as part of the Starwood Luxury Collection. The history is celebrated in details like 12-foot ceilings, antique piano, and gold leaf-topped columns found in the emerald-hued Peacock Alley lobby space, and the marble and bronze figures of the Sculpture Garden, while a contemporary style and jewel toned colors are featured in the 277 guest rooms and suites, many of which have park views. (If you’re interested in learning more about the hotel’s past—and hearing some legendary stories—schedule a tour with a staffer.) The light-fill Loggia restaurant is an elegant spot for breakfast and lunch, while the dramatic Rebelle features Texas farm-fresh produce and coastal seafood in its shareable dinner menus. Drinks and light bites are served at the seasonal Pool Bar, set around the outdoor swimming pool and featuring views of downtown; and at Haunt, a sleek indoor space playfully named for the rumored resident spirts. Once a private club for the city’s movers and shakers, The St. Anthony Club now welcomes all with signature drinks like the Triple S.
The Queen of San Antonio
A classic hotel rich with the culture and energy to earn its title as the crown jewel of San Antonio. The St. Anthony’s multi-million dollar renovation has completely restored the property’s former glory. It now bears the title as an elite member of The Luxury Collection of properties worldwide. It is truly the beating heart of San Antonio. Bentley transfers to and from the airport is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to five star service. There’s a sense of discovery tethered to this property that made me feel like I was newly minted royalty exploring a palace for the first time. I sat in the Peacock Alley lobby, and was serenaded by the same piano that once strung a tune for JFK. The bustle of the big city was washed away in a sea of cocktail charisma under the rooftop cabana, as I stole glimpses of the city that were positively regal.