I was invited by Kia Motors to experience #ExperienceNiro during the National Press Introduction in San Antonio. I am sharing my thoughts on Hotel Emma below.
Travel means staying in some pretty interesting locales and hotels. During my most recent jaunt, I became acquainted with San Antonio’s Hotel Emma (click here), a historic gem that was once a brewery. With its rich industrial touches and nooks and crannies abound, I was in awe right from the beginning. Hotel Emma is simply breathtaking with its exposed brick, midwest designed build, and light that streams through windows that seem to go on for miles.
Upon arrival, you are greeted with an outdoor terrace breezeway that is perfect for taking a load off or people watching. Unlike many hotels, Hotel Emma has just as many treasures outside its walls as it does inside. Everywhere you turn, there is something to visually behold.
The lobby is quite expansive and offers sitting areas aplenty, alongside a library, restaurant and bar, and more.
There is also the Curio Shoppe that is two steps above most gift shops available in hotels. It is an experience of its own with bath, body, and beauty items alongside must-use accessories.
Even the hallways in Hotel Emma are impressive and stunning.
I was given a Classic Room, and as soon as I entered, there was a peace and tranquility that overtook me. It could have been the view, or the massive amounts of Vitamin D sunshine pouring through my room. I instantly felt at home.
The industrial vibe that I spoke of earlier is very apparent in the bathroom. Built in 1894, it’s rather large for the room size, with plenty of vintage flair.
In addition to the look, feel, and vibe of Hotel Emma is its history. It is a little Desperate Housewives meets any reality television show that is out now. Hotel Emma is named after Emma Koehler who took over the Pearl Brewery after her husband, Otto died. She was able to keep it alive and well during prohibition while the brewery was shut down with dry cleaning and auto repair in its place. Coincidentally, Emma’s husband had an affair with two other Emmas who were her nurses while she was ill. It’s a sordid tale or mystery, infidelity, and eventually, redemption. Juicy!
Hotel Emma is nestled in the Pearl District with many restaurants and eateries in walking distance.
With deep roots and history in San Antonio, Hotel Emma is indeed a treasure. I feel honored to have been able to experience this amazing property. If you are ever in San Antonio, a stay at Hotel Emma is a must.