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Following a multi-million-dollar renovation, a 1909 landmark building just three blocks from the Alamo and Riverwalk re-opened this year as the St. Anthony, A Luxury Collection Hotel. Elements of the structure’s history abound, from the lobby’s 12-foot ceilings and gold leaf-topped columns to the marble and bronze figures of the Sculpture Garden, but they now blend seamlessly with the contemporary style of the 277 guest rooms and suites, many of which have Travis Park views. (It’s worth asking a staffer about the … More–>

17 Top Renovated Hotels and Resorts

Dating to 1909, this National Historic Landmark wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation in November. The top-to-bottom makeover, which started in 2013, reduced the property’s 350 guest rooms to 277. New carpeting and paint highlight upgrades to 31,527 sq. ft. of event space, including a 4,700-square-foot ballroom/balcony area.

St. A Sky Terrace, offering expansive views of the city, is a new … More–>


ForrestPerkins spearheads renovation of San Antonio’s St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony, a hotel in San Antonio, Texas, completed a two-year restoration and update to its guestrooms, public spaces and dining venues. Overseeing the renovation at the 277-key property — a member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Luxury Collection owned by BC Lynd — was Dallas-based interior architecture/design firm ForrestPerkins.

Originally built in 1909, the hotel’s new design aesthetic was influenced by fiesta, San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century. The designers added traditionalfiesta floral patterns and jewel tones into decorative elements throughout the hotel, including stylized carpets, upholstery, artwork and light fixtures.

The color for the updated St. Anthony was selected from a set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by interior designer Dorothy Draper during a renovation in 1959. This shade is now referred to as “St. Anthony Green”.

The restoration of The St. Anthony is part of The Luxury Collection brand’s $300 million dollar investment effort this year.

Other highlights of the renovation include the restoration of the … More–>

Hometown Hospitality: Hotel Emma and The St. Anthony Hotel

Two San Antonio hotels—one old, one new—draw on their storied pasts to re-define Southern hospitality and provide authentic experiences that appeal to visitors and locals alike

Since opening its doors in 1909 as the first fully air-conditioned hotel in the world, The St. Anthony Hotel has been a trendsetter. It has attracted a who’s who list of celebrities, politicians and travelers over the past century-plus. Hotel Emma, which opened in November inside the historic Pearl Brewery, promises to do the same. Though separated by a wide gulf in age, the two luxury hotels are both focused as much on fostering a place for locals to unwind and connect as they are on … More–>

San Antonio’s Queen is Crowned Once Again

The St. Anthony was Crowned Again with All the Pomp and Circumstance You Would Expect

Dignitaries, politicians and social elite from across the globe converged for the Grand Reopening of The St. Anthony Hotel, long referred to as the Queen of San Antonio, this week. The celebration had all the pomp and circumstance worthy of any royalty; dedication speeches by city officials including former Mayor Lila Cockrell, a ribbon cutting, a champagne christening, trumpets and a … More–>

Photo Gallery: A Legend Reborn at The St. Anthony Hotel

When two cattlemen set out to build a luxury hotel in San Antonio in 1909, they had visions – not delusions – of grandeur. On Thursday night, about 106 years later in a nearly euphoric atmosphere of elegance and opulence, the St. Anthony Hotel celebrated its ribbon cutting and grand reopening. If B.L. Naylor and A.H. Jones were alive to see their dream today, they may well have looked at the gathered masses and said, “Told you so.”

Hundreds of guests, including former Mayor Lila Cockrell and City Manager Sheryl Sculley, swarmed downtown Thursday evening to witness the grand reopening celebration at the St. Anthony. Perfect weather set the tone for the evening, which began with a … More–>

St. Anthony Hotel reopens with a bang in downtown San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — Long live the Queen of San Antonio hotels! The St. Anthony Hotel downtown has reopened its doors to celebrate its most grand restoration as the lap of hospitality luxury in the Alamo City.

The “Texas Jewel Reborn” shined anew Thursday evening with an opening ceremony outside the hotel’s Travis Street entrance with a 200-foot “St. Anthony Green” carpet arrival, a colorful nod to the green which interior designer Dorothy Draper crafted for the hotel in the 1950s. The celebration then continued hotel-wide on up its 10th floor St. A Sky Terrace.

Built in 1909 by cattlemen Augustus H. Jones and B.L. Naylor, the St. Anthony would experience winding expansion and renovation, a disparate growth that nevertheless saw it added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986.

The new St. Anthony gets back to its more elegant origins. Highlights of the historic hotel’s face-lift include the restored grandeur of its famous … More–>

Luxury Collection Completes Restoration of The St. Anthony

SAN ANTONIO—The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., together with its owner partner BC Lynd, has completed a multimillion-dollar restoration of the historic St. Anthony hotel. Built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in Texas and located near the city’s River Walk, The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio, has unveiled a redesign including enhanced accommodations, refreshed public spaces, and new dining venues.

“The restoration of The St. Anthony is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s $300-million investment effort this year to … More–>

Legendary Texas hotel ushers in new era with grand transformation

The elegant and timeless charm of the St. Anthony Hotel is legendary in the Alamo City. Opened in 1909, the “Queen of San Antonio” recently received a major facelift after undergoing massive renovations.

Updated features include two new culinary hot spots: Rebelle, from restaurateur Andrew Goodman with acclaimed chef Stefan Bowers, and Haunt, a cocktail bar also helmed by Goodman and Bowers, serving classic cocktails inspired by the haunting legends of the St. Anthony.

Featuring 277 guest rooms and suites and 31,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space in downtown San Antonio, the hotel delivers a luxurious atmosphere of sweeping views, opulent decor, and the same cozy ambiance that has made the likes of John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Cary Grant want to stay awhile.

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Rebelle: Greed, Lust and a 32-ounce steak

You may feel a bit naughty ordering Greed and Lust, but that’s the point at Rebelle, the new restaurant at the St. Anthony Hotel.

It’s from the team behind Feast restaurant — owner Andrew Goodman and chef Stefan Bowers — and Rebelle takes a similar approach to the Southtown hotspot, combining a lounge feel with fun and lively dishes vibrant with flavor.

The dusky colors and purple light that envelopes the interior give the feel that you have escaped to a new location, far away from wherever your cares may be. The house cocktails are named after the seven deadly sins, and the menu has … More–>