What We Love
- A dreamy and historic boutique hotel in a 19th-century brewhouse, with exceptional diningThe historic charm throughout this former brewhouse
- The 3,700-volume library and rooftop-pool oasis
- The complimentary cruiser bikes and coffee in the lobby
- The culinary concierge on hand to arrange culinary happenings
What To Know
- The attached Southerleigh Restaurant is serves fantastic fare including vegan options
- You'll be treated to a complimentary margarita at check in
- The library is the epicenter of hotel's social scene
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Meet Emma. She’s cultured, hip and an expert in all things hospitality. From her looks to her service, her authentic approach to San Antonio’s hotel scene is as vibrant as it is refined. She’s got quite a history, too. Once a 19th-century brewhouse, she’s now the new epicenter of South Texas luxury, inviting you into her three restaurants; her accommodations, which blend old-fashioned elegance with modern luxury; and her 3,700-volume library.
It’s these out-of-the-box details, also including in-room pantries stocked with local favorites, nightly turndown service with homemade macarons, complimentary Electra cruisers and custom Guayabera robes, that make Hotel Emma standout. But it’s her culinary flavor that will truly make you remember her. She knows how to cook, taking fine provisions, farm-to-table fare and cocktails to a whole new level of sophistication, even offering a culinary-concierge service. She’s got the central locale, she’s got the refined style and she’s got the bold flavor. When it comes to San Antonio, Emma’s truly got it all.
South Texas hospitality is welcoming, approachable and centered around comfort, and you’ll find all of these qualities on display in the Hotel Emma guest rooms. With details like custom Parota wood furnishings and Frette linens, these modern accommodations are rich in unique, high-end accents.Classic Brewhouse rooms offer city views, and offer your choice between a 300 square feet and a queen bed or 320 square feet and a king. Also with city views is the Landmark Brewhouse King room, which measures in at 400 square feet and holds a king bed. For two queens, opt for the 440-square-foot Landmark River Cellar Two Queen room, which boasts a partial river or pool view. Landmark rooms include a sitting area with a leather settee.
Hotel Emma has not one, but three exquisite dining options, perfect if you’ve got a refined palate and a taste for farm-to-table fare. The creative plates at Supper, the first of the three, make you feel like you’re sitting at a farm and a bistro at the same time. The Midwestern approach to American cuisine adds up to a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, with dishes on the menu like braised-oxtail stew, toasted-cauliflower with green lentils and sticky toffee pudding. Set in the old fermenting cellars, Larder stocks fine groceries and fine provisions that you can eat in or take out. It’s a little European and a little South Texan, with culinary luxuries like bagels with cured salmon and fennel marmalade, sweet-pea falafel with grilled feta and fried-egg-salad sandwiches. For small plates and classic cocktails, Sternewirth is lounge-type clubroom and city bar rolled into one, with sofas and banquettes for mingling over good wine and craft beer. Perfect for both celebrations and business deals, this Prohibition-style bar is as authentic as it is intimate.
San Antonio is a diverse and cultural destination with plenty to discover. Passionate about their history, which reaches further back than the state of Texas or even the United States, locals take great pride in the city. Attractions like the Alamo and Missions have become the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the state, while a variety of museums and tours pay homage the city’s antiquity. The hotel is situated in the city’s hip Pearl District on the banks of the San Antonio River. This foodie destination boasts more than 15 restaurants on campus, plus the Culinary Institute of America and a large farmer’s market on weekends. This choice location puts you four blocks from the San Antonio Museum of Art and near the new Tobin Center for Performing Arts and the newly renovated Witte Museum. You can also head to the Southtown/Historic King William District, which also offers a variety of excellent restaurants, as well as the Blue Star Arts Complex.
How to Get There
I'm a local San Antonio resident that has had several "staycations" in the downtown area. We stayed in a terrace room for three nights at Hotel Emma. My wife and I are also very fortunate to have stayed at some of the best hotels around the world from the Ritz in Edinburgh, Alvear in Buenos Aires and the Kimpton in Grand Cayman. We would easily recommend this hotel against any of those any day of the week. Location is great, staff is attentive and friendly, prices for items in the hotel are extremely reasonable, restaurants on the grounds of the pearl are amongst the best in San Antonio and are at different price points, pool is perfect for the size of the hotel and not overcrowded, and wife had a great experience at the spa. We can not give this hotel a high enough recommendation and will certainly be back for another "staycation" soon. This hotel is easily one of the best hotels in the U.S.
Very nicely designed and renovated building with great customer service. Restaurant was very good, staff is very friendly. Could not be in a better location in earl district of San Antonio. Walking distance to everything you need.
If you can splurge, GO FOR IT! You will not be dissapointed with Hotel Emma. I was so impressed by the level of customer service from valet, houskeeping, in-room dining, concierge, pool staff. Everyone was so welcoming. Hands down this is the best Hotel in San Antonio.
Fist time stay, my husband and I fell in love with Hotel Emma. Great place and great staff. The amenities are wonderful and the complimentary services are beyond delightful. Many things to do and see. Be sure to check out the Food Hall and ask any Hotel Emma staff about the story behind the "Three Emmas"!
This hotel is one of a kind, you have to experience it to understand. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and fine food. The area the hotel is in is packed with things to do and see, you couldn't ask for a better location,