The historic Menger Hotel (built in 1859) is an elegant and charming place to stay for a leisurely weekend in the downtown/Riverwalk area of San Antonio. It sits next door to the Alamo and is within easy walking distance to the Riverwalk, the old Marketplace, and many fine restaurants. The lobbies are filled with art and memorabilia and the Menger Bar is where Teddy Roosevelt recruited the Rough Riders.
My room was comfortable and clean and provided free internet access for my laptop. The hotel spa is topnotch and offers massages . I ate Sunday brunch in the hotel restaurant and found it fabulous! (Note: I had read that the host was a bit of a grump, and he certainly lived up to his reputation) The service was excellent as well.
Parking at the Menger (like most Riverwalk area hotels) is rather expensive, so I parked 3 blocks away in a public garage ($12 for 24 hours)
I recommend the old Menger for anyone who wants a taste of Texas history with a flavor of old San Antonio. And although the hotel is reputed to be haunted by a few ghosts, I never encountered one. I did, however, feel the presence of old Texas there. Pamper yourself at least once when you visit San Antonio and stay at this Museum of a hotel!
- 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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