My husband and I spent this past weekend at the Menger to celebrate a special anniversary. The tone was set when I made my reservation with the lovely correspondence from Rose Gonzalez who went above and beyond to insure that our stay was indeed special. In this day and age of impersonal computer generated replies when booking rooms..how refreshing that someone actually wanted to do everything possible to make sure we had a wonderful visit.
This personal treatment continued throughout our stay, from the front desk to the valet parking staff. Everyone we encountered seemed to take personal pride in the history and charm of the famous Menger hotel. Every staff member was more than willing to share stories of the history of the Menger with us and their pride in the hotel was obvious and well deserved.
The hotel itself is like taking a step back in time. You are literally in spitting distance of the Alamo. Every opportunity we had was spent wandering the hotel - the lobby, the landscaped courtyard, poolside, the various nooks and crannies...and everywhere had reminders of the wonderful history of this hotel. There are old photos, cases with memorabilia and antiques throughout the first floor so it's almost a museum in itself. To stroll where Oscar Wilde once sipped margaritas and to sit in the bar Teddy Roosevelt slammed a few whiskeys and recruited his rough riders was a real treat. We were just close enough to the River Walk to enjoy all of its amenities without all of the noise and late night revelry. A nice bonus was that the trolley stop in front of the Alamo made it a breeze to get around the main sights of the city.
Our room was charming and in keeping with the style of the hotel. We were right next to the beautiful wrought iron balcony with the stain glass skylight over the Victorian lobby. The room style was in keeping with the age of the hotel (over 100 yrs.) furnished with Victorian furniture. Our bed could not have been more comfortable. It was in every way exactly what I hoped for. Before we departed, we enjoyed Sunday brunch in the hotel's Colonial Dining Room with its beautiful buffet and a complimentary mimosa.
If you are looking for a shiny sparkly lobby, flat screen TVs, granite bathrooms with sleek furnishings, fast elevators and stairs that don't squeak... try any of the many chain hotels in the area. But if you want to be reminded of the history of San Antonio at every turn and a time when life was a bit more gracious and moved at a slower pace, and if you are able to embrace the quirks of a gracious old hotel, then stay at the Menger.
Even if you don' t stay here, come by after your visit to the Alamo for some of the famous mango ice cream and to take pictures of a beautiful hotel that time forgot.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Menger Hotel San Antonio, Texas