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.
Standard room with one full-size bed, non-smoking. Perfect for couples or the business traveler.
Standard room with two double beds, non-smoking. Spacious, comfortable room ideal for families.
Standard room with one king bed, non-smoking. View of garden, downtown, or Alamo Plaza.
Suite with one king bed and sitting area. Non-smoking. Some suites with balcony.