San Antonio Historic Hotels
Visiting San Antonio can be whatever tourists want it to be but if you're after a bit of history while staying in a hotel, we offer these suggestions. Each of the following historic hotels have a bond with San Antonio and its past. All located downtown, the historical significance of each hotel is unique offering visitors an opportunity to further enjoy the Alamo city through their choice of lodging.
St. Anthony Hotel
Since the opening of the Saint Anthony in 1909, this San Antonio hotel has played host to dignitaries, presidents, movie stars, international royalty and other noteworthy figures. The hotel itself has gone through numerous additions and renovations over the years but the architecture, decor and elegance have remained, despite any change. High ceilings and antique furniture accent each room in the St. Anthony while modern amenities found in all hotels are a necessity in this historic San Antonio landmark hotel. People in the past have likened the Saint Anthony to that of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, according to Wyndham Hotels, who operate the St. Anthony. Just walking into the St. Anthony lobby greets a visitor with an exquisite interior, unspoiled by time, that is uniform throughout the hotel. The St. Anthony is within walking distance of all downtown San Antonio attractions including the Riverwalk and the Alamo.
300 East Travis • San Antonio, Texas 78205 • (210) 227-4392
Located across from the Alamo, the Menger Hotel itself is an historic landmark. The Menger opened as a hotel in 1859 but was previously operated as a brewery by its original owner, William Menger. The Menger was San Antonio's first large and upscale hotel providing lodging to famous guests including numerous presidents, movie stars and army generals, including both Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Perhaps the most notable role the Menger hotel has played was being a recruiting point for Teddy Roosevelt's Roughriders in 1898 where he recruited from both the hotel lobby and bar. Aside from its historical significance, the Menger is beautifully adorned with Victorian furnishings and architecture, antique lobby furniture and a bar that is an exact copy of London's House of Lords. Rooms are spacious and the interior guest rooms overlook the courtyard and swimming pool. The Menger's location on Alamo Plaza affords guests a centralized point for enjoying all of downtown San Antonio attractions and things to see and do.
204 Alamo Plaza • San Antonio, TX 78205 • (210) 223-4361
The Gunter Hotel is another of San Antonio's nationally registered landmark hotels. Currently operated by the Sheraton Hotel Group, the Gunter boasts a lengthy historical guest list made up of ranchers and cattlemen dating back to it's opening in 1909. The Gunter's notable visitors include "Old West" and cowboy movie stars such as Roy Rogers and John Wayne as well as other American notables and dignitaries. Named for its founder, Jot Gunter, the Gunter hotel sits across from the Majestic Theater and was built onto an existing structure because Gunter and his investors felt there was a need for a grandiose hotel able to satisfy the wants and needs of America's most elite. Today, the Gunter hotel sits in the happening epicenter of San Antonio's downtown. With powerful architecture and decor, the Gunter Hotel has maintained its historical flair appealing to the most elite and discerning of visitors.
205 East Houston St. • San Antonio, TX 78205 • (210) 227-3241
Emily Morgan Hotel
Emily Morgan is a name synonymous with Texas heroes, however awkward it may seem. But it is in fact a name with historical significance...deep rooted historical significance. The Emily Morgan Hotel building has a separate place in San Antonio history not related to its hotel name. The building is a national landmark because of its place in medical history and its gothic style architecture. The Emily Morgan hotel was originally a medical building and was the first doctor's building in San Antonio. It was developed by Mr. J.M. Nix, whose namesake is the Nix Hospital. Emily Morgan was the "Yellow Rose of Texas" who alerted Sam Houston of Santa Anna's attack at San Jacinto. The building is opposite (north of) the Alamo and could be known as the original San Antonio "medical center". The Emily Morgan is ideally situated in downtown in the vicinity of San Antonio hot spots and historical attractions.
705 East Houston St. • San Antonio, Texas 78205 • (210) 225-5100