This hotel is leagues above the chain hotels that surround it. The location, directly across from the Alamo, makes it easy to find for "geographically challenged" travelers like me. It's about a block from the Riverwalk and very close to other attractions and the mall. The hotel was established in 1859 and the staff take great pride in discussing its history (T. Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders in the bar). Our room, 5315, was large and comfortable, although the two beds were a little short of queen size. We had a great balcony that overlooked the pool and had a great view of the skyline and a nearby palm tree in the courtyard. Another member of our party had a room in the older section and although the bed in that room was definitely larger, the room was rather cramped without a balcony.
The downsides - it's not ultra-modern so the bathroom looks rather utilitarian (although it was large), the water pressure was great but the water temp took a distinct turn toward scalding if someone flushed in a nearby room, the breakfast buffet doesn't have a lot of choices and there are no eggs on the buffet proper - you must order from the waffle/egg station which can sometimes be a bit backed up. The charm of this place more than makes up for its dated amenities. The rooms have free DSL, there are free newspapers in the lobby (USAToday, the local paper and the Journal), plus there's free coffee. Truly consider this place if you want something more than a chain experience for your time here in San Antonio!
- 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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