Hotel Emma

136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio, TX, USA

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19.5
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  • Rooms20
  • Public Spaces20
  • Service18.5
  • Overall19.5
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Hotel Description

Roman and Williams, the fastidious geniuses behind New York’s High Line and Ace Hotel, nearly carry the entire industrial-chic trend by themselves, curating and exposing and repurposing with no apparent end in sight. And what a lucky find they have here: Pearl’s, a 19th-century brewery and one of the nation’s finest examples of Second Empire architecture. Now it’s the centerpiece of a sprawling, restored riverside gustatory complex with no less than 15 big-name restaurants, a Culinary Institute of America, and two farmers markets a week. Including, of course, Hotel Emma.

Emma who? Emma Koehler was the sort of fiery, no-nonsense dame that shouldered America’s pioneer tradition, once upon a time. In her day, she carried the floundering brewery through the unforgiving Prohibition years after her husband Otto died. In fact, believe it or not, there are actually three Emmas involved in the juicy, sordid backstory here; we’ll leave the rest of the sleuthing to you, as that’s part of the fun when it comes to a spot as historically rich as this.

146 rooms and 7 suites afford room for the design to subtly stretch; accommodations are split between the original brewery’s tower and contemporary digs in the River Cellars. Let it never be said that South Texans don’t know the meaning of luxury; besides Frette linens, Malin + Goetz bath amenities, and 48-inch HDTVs, a slew of tough-to-replicate touches elevate the experience far beyond the norm. Dark-wood and aged bronze accents. Freestanding, clawfoot tubs. Seersucker robes by Dos Carolinas. Spanish porcelain. Mesquite-furnished terraces with Redondo tile. If, upon opening the bespoke armoire, you’re not charmed by the wealth of upscale eats and signature margarita makings in the “icebox,” we don’t quite know what to tell you.

The tale continues in the sumptuously appointed public spaces, a throwback to bygone hotels of old, when hospitality was more central to civic functions. Supper, John Brand’s own New American brand, presents a flawlessly convivial and hyphenated dining experience: a farm-to-bistro, ingredient-driven tour-de-force. Then there’s Larder, a classic grocer if we’ve ever seen one, furnishing old-world provisions and sundries from within Pearl’s old cellars. Rounding out the noshes and glugs comes Sternewirth — if you’re wondering about the name, it’s the privilege brewers invoked in order to drink at work all day — wherein guests can savor exceedingly well-made cocktails and small plates in conversational clusters of seating beneath vaulted, 25-foot ceilings.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 153 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Happening

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

The Hotel requires a cancellation of 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a fee of one nights' room and tax. Pets are not allowed on property. Only service dogs are allowed and must be booked into Brew House Room Categories. Valet Parking is available for $15 per day. Rooms cannot accommodate an extra bed.

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3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • Classic Queen Brewhouse

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 Queen Bed
    • 300 ft²/27 m².
    Amenities

    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • concrete floor
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Classic King Brewhouse

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 320 ft²/29 m².
    Amenities

    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • concrete floor
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Classic King River Cellar

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 350 ft²/32 m².
    Amenities

    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Landmark King Brewhouse

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 400 ft²/37 m².
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    Views: city.

    This room includes:

    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • concrete floor
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • phones
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Landmark Two Queen River Cellar

    • Fits 2 people
    • 2 Queen Beds
    • 440 ft²/40 m².
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    This room includes:

    • bathtub/shower combo
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • phones
    • River or Pool View
    • sofa
    • turndown service
  • Artesian King River Cellar

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 440 ft²/40 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • laptop safe
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • phones
    • River or Pool View
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
  • Terrace King River Cellar

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 440 ft²/40 m².
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    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • carpeted floor
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • Frette linen brands
    • gas fireplace
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • Malin + Goetz bath amenities
    • minibar
    • phones
    • River or Pool View
    • safe
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • turndown service
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

The Hotel requires a cancellation of 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a fee of one nights' room and tax. Pets are not allowed on property. Only service dogs are allowed and must be booked into Brew House Room Categories. Valet Parking is available for $15 per day. Rooms cannot accommodate an extra bed.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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