Let's start with a summary- if you want the Marriott, stay at the Marriott. If you want history, location, and a great price (but are willing to make some accomodations), stay here.
We chose this hotel because we didn't want to stay in a cookie-cutter hotel room for our stay in historic San Antonio. We expected the slightly worn decor, the overall old feel of the hotel. It's over 150 years old, after all!
Although we asked for a balcony room overlooking the pool, we were placed in a king room. It's hard to complain when your view is of the Alamo, but still we weren't pleased. I spoke to the clerk and he made excuses about his manager not being able to accommodate us. Unfortunately I don't think Ian is long for the Menger when he throws his manager under the bus! We were able to move, thanks to the friendly clerk Jesus, but not until the next day.
Just a note if you are looking for the bigger rooms- there are NOT king-sized beds in the larger balcony rooms. Only two double beds. Keep that in mind when you book your room. And remember that the size of the rooms is set to 1850 standards- very small!
The second room was much larger, and newer (though would still benefit from an upgrade). Even though the decor could use an update the beds were new and super comfortable. No complaints there! The balcony was great and overlooked the beautiful pool area.
The hotel is central to everything. Across the street from the Alamo, and to the River Center Mall. A block from the River Walk. a 15-minute walk to the King William District and a 20-minute walk to Market Square. It's all right there.
Meals in the Colonial room are also great- we had a wonderful breakfast on a week day and the prices were fair.
We'll definitely stay here again. Next time we'll be prepared to ask for the right room, and we'll relax. The laid-back Texan/Southern pace can be hard to tolerate as a fast-paced Yankee! But you're on vacation so relax, and enjoy this gem!
- 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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