SAN ANTONIO—The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., together with its owner partner BC Lynd, has completed a multimillion-dollar restoration of the historic St. Anthony hotel. Built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in Texas and located near the city’s River Walk, The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio, has unveiled a redesign including enhanced accommodations, refreshed public spaces, and new dining venues.
“The restoration of The St. Anthony is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s $300-million investment effort this year to renovate and reopen some of our most iconic hotels in North America,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to reintroduce this legendary property as part of The Luxury Collection, returning the beloved St. Anthony to its original grandeur and carrying on its legacy as a San Antonio mainstay for locals and visitors alike.”
The two-year renovation was led by Dallas-based interior architecture and design firm ForrestPerkins. The new design aesthetic was significantly influenced by Fiesta—San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century, according to the brand, which also noted that the signature green color for The St. Anthony was selected from a magnificent set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by innovative interior designer Dorothy Draper during a renovation in 1959.
The hotel’s grand lobby, also known as ‘Peacock Alley’, has been fully restored and includes the Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano acquired by owner Ralph W. Morrison after he purchased the hotel in 1935. Located on the hotel’s mezzanine, The St. Anthony’s Library features a softly lit millwork wall and rift cut oak floors, wall paneling and touches of gold.
The renovated hotel now features 277 fully remodeled guest rooms, including 72 suites including the John Wayne Suite, named for the actor who frequently stayed at the hotel. Certain rooms maintain original crown moldings, crystal light fixtures, fireplaces and vintage furniture pieces. The refurbished guestrooms also offer expanded and modernized bathrooms, featuring vanities, oversized showers and marble and tile detail. Situated on the 10th floor, the hotel’s Presidential Suite measures more than 3,000 sq. ft. and includes three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Food and beverage options include the reopened St. Anthony Club, the city’s first private members-only venue; the new flagship restaurant Rebelle; and the new Haunt cocktail lounge.
Other amenities include more than 31,500 sq. ft. of newly restored indoor and outdoor event space; an updated rooftop pool and pool deck; and the 10th floor St. A Sky Terrace.