Upon arrival at the elegantly rustic Hotel Emma, you get the sense that the former brewing halls are lying dormant, ready to burst into action at any moment. Original brick walls, a sleek steel mezzanine, and pillars of the 19th-century brew house frame exquisitely curated Steampunk design and furniture in the lavish hotel named for heroic Prohibition businesswoman Emma Koehler. After a genuine Southern welcome, relax in your exquisite guestroom where historic elements meet contemporary luxury, before diving into San Antonio’s vibrant foodie scene in the charming Pearl neighborhood.
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- Dine on hearty farm-to-plate dishes at Supper, Hotel Emma’s flagship restaurant
- Work out in the fitness center or enjoy the view from the shimmering rooftop pool
- Choose from 147 guestrooms, each with their own personality
- Create a corporate event to remember in the unique meeting spaces
- Learn of scandalous stories in the brewery’s intriguing past
In Pearl, the welcoming and energetic cultural hot spot of San Antonio, modern breweries and gourmet restaurants sit beside independent shops selling artisanal goods. The Hiatus Spa & Retreat, Culinary Institute of America, and Amphitheater at Pearl are just a few steps from the hotel.
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Hotel Emma boasts 147 luxurious guestrooms, including seven top-floor suites, each possessing its own distinctive character. Designed by Roman and Williams, a firm renowned for its blending of historical elements with contemporary touches, the hotel’s charming rooms perfectly balance the past with the present, using exposed walls and steel beams, leather, and heavy wood furniture. The suites feature separate sitting rooms and work areas, and the two extraordinary Presidential Suites — named Otto and Emma after the couple who once ran the brewery — have towering ceilings and vast warehouse windows to fill the two-story spaces with natural lighting.
Intoxicating gastronomic and cultural hidden gems are par for the course at Hotel Emma, so begin your day with an aromatic cup of locally roasted coffee from Merit Roasting Co. Explore the 3,700-volume library, cruise Pearl on a complimentary Electra bike, or roll through San Antonio’s hip streets in a house car. The hotel’s vast event space is ideal if you are organizing a corporate event and want it to be unforgettable.
Coordinated by its Culinary Director, Chef John Brand, Hotel Emma’s dining experiences complement San Antonio’s rich foodie culture. Explore the flavors of south Texas at Supper, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, or book a table at Larder, deep in the old fermenting cellar where you can select fine groceries and freshly prepared foods to eat in or take out.
Supper – The American eatery plates up creative-yet-straightforward dishes, guided simply by flavor and peppered with delicious multicultural twists. An homage to Midwestern and South Texas eating, hearty, farm-fresh meals will be delivered to you in a sophisticated bistro setting.
Larder – Larder provides a dining experience with a difference. Visit the brewery’s old fermenting cellars and you will discover colorful rows of fine groceries, as well as freshly cooked dishes. Stock up on luxury goods for your day in San Antonio or enjoy your food with a glass of wine in the Brewmeisters Alley.
Sternewirth – Sternewirth is Hotel Emma’s tavern and club room. Under the dramatic 25-foot vaulted ceiling, choose an intimate cluster of plush armchairs and sofas. Pair your drink of choice with a delectable small plate and soak up the alluring ambiance.
Within Hotel Emma, you will find a fitness center furnished with cutting-edge facilities and a rooftop terrace pool surrounded by sun loungers. Steps from the hotel sits the Hiatus Spa & Retreat, where, in 13 treatment rooms, you can indulge in massages, nail therapy, and pampering galore. If you prefer, the spa can come to you, delivering any of its treatments in the comfort of your own room.
Explore the hip Pearl neighborhood to stumble across independent shops and live-music events, fine dining establishments, and popular breweries. Rent a bicycle and ride the River Walk, where you will pass colorful murals and beautiful green spaces, or venture a little further to visit the site of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo — a seven-minute drive from the hotel.
In the historic Pearl neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown San Antonio, Hotel Emma is the rising star of a thriving cultural hub. The hotel overlooks the San Antonio River and is within easy walking distance of the district’s artisanal stores, restaurants, bars, and breweries. It is also well-placed for exploring the historic monuments of San Antonio including the site of the Battle of the Alamo.
San Antonio International Airport is approximately 8 mi / 13 km away.
The hotel is a nine-minute drive from San Antonio’s Greyhound Bus Station.
San Antonio Station takes nine minutes to reach by car.