With a style and tradition befitting the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, the Menger Hotel offers a splendid bridge between San Antonio’s colorful border town past and its cosmopolitan present.
San Antonio, Texas
This is by far one of the best hotels I have stayed at in the U.S.A! Somewhat of a landmark on Alamo Plaza in America’s 7th largest city, expect a grand, spacious lobby befitting the era it was built in (1859). Luxurious finishes + giant paintings make a huge impact. The room was impeccable; the floral bedding + curtains were very attractive + cosy. I loved the en-suite bathroom with its cute shower + bath (I personally love baths, so having that option was great). I stayed in a Victorian Room.
Newly renovated Victorian section offers guestrooms with either a single full bed or single king bed and may accommodate up to two people. Each beautifully appointed guest room is decorated in traditional elegant decor with each floor in its own distinct style.
The position of the hotel is unparalleled, as the San Antonio River Walk is about a 10 minute walk away! The Menger Bar is a famous spot where past presidents would gather, dating as far back as the Texan Revolution. Built in 1887 to be an exact replica of London’s House of Lord’s Pub, this establishment has a paneled ceiling of dark cherry wood, beveled mirrors from France, and the original brass spittoons provided for the convenience of its early customers.
Once the site of more cattle deals than any place else in Texas, the Menger Bar has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Historic Bars in the United States. It’s also where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders before heading off to fight the Spanish-American War.
Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B Johnson + Ronald Reagan have been guests at the hotel!
Take a horse & carriage ride from one of the many carriages that hang around outside the hotel’s doors! (around $50 for 20 minutes)
Do a ghost tour with The Sisters Grimm Ghost Bus around San Antonio for $40 (2 hours)
Visit The Alamo. More here.
The Colonial Restaurant (certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor)