This is a classic hotel, worth visiting even if you can't affort to stay here. It evokes the beauty and glamour of a bygone era. Located almost next door to The Alamo, it was built only 23 years after the fall of The Alamo.
The original loby contains a fantastic stained-glass ceiling surrounding an atrium of rooms. The outside courtyard is a sight to behold! It is fun to wander through here, enjoying the historic pictures and artifacts. There is even a historic ghost hauting the hotel. The hotel itself is charming and updated without becoming another bland, generic hotel. Everyone in guest services are very polite and helpful even if you are just touring the hotel. This is a first class place! HIGHLY RECOMMEND for its unique character.
Stop by the Teddy Roosevelt Bar, where Rough Riders were recruited -- see my separate review of the Menger Bar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 1859 hotel next to Alamo, 1 block from Riverwalk. Originally built in 1859, The Menger Hotel is located in central San Antonio, one block from the famed Riverwalk, the Children's Museum, and the Buckhorn Museum. Nearby points of interest also include the Rivercenter Mall, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and San Antonio Central Library. The hotel's Colonial Room Restaurant serves American regional cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. The historic Menger Bar, a replica of London's House of Lords Pub, features cherry paneling and booth seating. Room service is also available.The Menger Hotel's tropical courtyard garden looks out onto an outdoor heated pool. On-site recreational amenities also include a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility with cardiovascular equipment. The full-service Alamo Plaza Spa offers spa treatments including massages, scrubs, facials, and a Finnish sauna. More than 11,618 square feet of flexible function space accommodates up to 750 guests and includes the Plaza Ballroom, 9 meeting and conference rooms, poolside rooms, and a terrace that overlooks the Menger Court. Valet parking is available (surcharge). Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered in all public areas. The Menger Hotel is a smoke-free property.Built in 1859, the five-story Menger Hotel is next to the Alamo and just one block from the Children's Museum and the shops at the Riverwalk; the arts community of La Villita is four blocks away. The hotel features the Colonial Room Restaurant and the historic Menger Bar, a replica of London’s House of Lord’s Pub. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a spa offering European-style treatments. ... more less
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