Sarah Bernhardt and Mae West were a century too early to indulge in the San Antonio Scrub and Rub at the Alamo Plaza Spa, but they surely entertained admirers in the stunning, three-story lobby during their stays. Teddy Roosevelt left a lasting legacy in the atmospheric bar, and countless other dignitaries and stars (Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Governor William (Bill) Clinton) have graced the hallways of this 1859 hotel.
Stately columns rise from the burnished floor of the lobby, and antique furnishings, light fixtures, and artwork lend an air of historic luxury. The guestrooms tone down the Victorian décor a touch; those in the older part of the hotel have lofty ceilings and views of the garden.
Victorian finery, Rough Rider history
When Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders in the Menger Bar back in 1898, he may not have known that the taproom, added in 1887, was a replica of the House of Lords Pub in London. The architect’s inspiration lives on in the paneled ceiling, beveled mirrors and glass cabinets, solid cherry bar, and brass spittoons.
Neoclassical elegance has defined the Colonial Room since its 1912 renovation. Traditional entrees like prime rib au jus and lamb shank with linguini grace the menu, and the Sunday brunch buffet garners raves, and can be enjoyed at a table in the garden courtyard.
Valet parking includes in and out privileges, but that rental car may not be needed, as many of San Antonio’s attractions are within a few blocks, including the Alamo, Rivercenter Mall with its IMAX theater, the Henry B. Gonzales conference Center, and numerous kid-friendly museums.
Two double beds provide twice the comfort while traveling with family or friends. Complimentary wireless internet access. All rooms are non-smoking. Bathrooms provide plenty of counter space. Views may include The Alamo or pool, some rooms available with balcony, subject to availability. Individual room features may vary.
Charming king bedded rooms are ideal for couples or business travelers. Decorated with traditional furnishings and bathrooms with pedestal-style fixtures, many of these rooms offer views overlooking the tropica l courtyard, The Alamo or Alamo Plaza. Complimentary wireless internet access. All rooms are non-smoking. Bathrobes and turndown service are available upon request.
The uniquely designed suites are available with one king bed. In addition, the suites feature a comfortable parlor area, making them ideal for those business executives or couples staying several days or who just prefer more spacious quarters. Original section suites offer high ceilings, ceiling fans and elegant white wooden shutters. Views may include The Alamo, Alamo Plaza, and the tropical courtyard or pool. Complimentary wireless internet access. All rooms are non-smoking. Bathrobes and turndown service are available upon request. Individual room features may vary.
A cozy full or queen sized bed, offers just what the light traveler needs. Complimentary wireless internet access. All rooms are non-smoking. Individual room features may vary.