Now that the highly anticipated Hotel Emma located in San Antonio's trendy and historic Pearl Brewery is open, we'll be reserving a room immediately. It promises a luxurious yet unpretentious stay in one of its 146 rooms.
The decor is reminiscent of the boutique Highline Hotel in New York City, but with more vintage elements and Texas flair, thanks to the New York-based design team Roman and Williams, who made over the 19th-century building. The location doesn't get any better, with access to Pearl shops, restaurants, and the River Walk.
In addition to the charming rooms and suites, courtyard, and private rooms for entertaining, the hotel offers some unforgettable culinary experiences.
The main restaurant, Supper, has a large dining area, patio, and private dining room. The menu — created by chef John Brand, formerly of the Little Nell in Aspen and San Antonio's La Mansion del Rio and Mokara Hotel and Spa — showcases seasonal and approachable cuisine. Think anchovy beignets, smoked duck chowder, bronzini, roasted root vegetables, and venison loin.
For nightlife there is The Sternewirth, Hotel Emma's 19th century-inspired bar, boasting classic and creative cocktails, a global wine list, and craft beer. There's also a notable food menu with tasty bites like beef jerky, smoked dates, beef tartare, and venison meatballs.
Need to grab a few goodies and groceries for your San Antonio stay? Larder is Hotel Emma's upscale food store filled with Texas-sourced selections such as house-cut meats, prepared goods, wine, beer, and coffee. They can be enjoyed there or taken with you as a delicious reminder of your stay.