• Venue Spotlight: Hotel Emma

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

    Elevating the hotel experience with a stylish nod to the Pearl District’s past.

  • Venue Spotlight: Hotel Emma

     
    FROM THE Spring 2016 ISSUE
     

    Elevating the hotel experience with a stylish nod to the Pearl District’s past.

Hotel Emma, in all its comfortable and unconventional glory, has come to life in the original Pearl Brewhouse in San Antonio’s Pearl District. The 146-room boutique hotel is named for Emma Koehler, the wife of brewery founder Otto Koehler. After her husband’s death, Emma successfully steered the Pearl Brewery through Prohibition.

Hotel Emma features lush details like custom-made Guayabera robes and complimentary Electra cruiser bikes for guests, who may find it difficult to part with the hotel’s carefully curated 3,700-volume library or rooftop pool. The venue also offers 6,160 square feet of event space.

San Antonio wholesale grocer Edward Franz Melcher opened Hotel Havana in 1914 as a guest house for his customers. Melcher infused the building with a tropical allure through the use of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the River Walk. In 2010, it came under the ownership of the hospitality organization Bunkhouse.

 

The Hyatt offers meeting planners headed to San Antonio three completely different experiences depending on which of the brand’s hotels you choose to stay at. This past fall, I was lucky enough to score a FAM trip that included stays at two of the three hotels, with a tour of the third.

 

When you want to escape the lingering Texas heat for a few days in the fall, but you don’t really want to head north to more blustery conditions, Sonoma or Monterey, located northeast and south of San Francisco respectively, are fabulous options for short retreats or group getaways. And, lucky for you, if you live in or near Dallas, both destinations have direct flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, making your trip stress-free.

Wine Country: Three Days in Sonoma County