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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced the completion of a multi-million dollar restoration of the historic St. Anthony hotel. Built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in Texas and located near the San Antonio’s enchanting River Walk, the hotel 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 dollar 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.”Taking special care to preserve authentic design elements and architectural details, the two-year renovation was led by ForrestPerkins, a Dallas-based interior architecture and design firm. The new design aesthetic was significantly influenced by Fiesta – San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century. From the earliest days, The St. Anthony has played an integral role in Fiesta, hosting the festival’s finest events in its elegant ballrooms. The hotel’s new interior design weaves traditional Fiesta floral patterns and jewel tones into decorative elements including stylised carpets, upholstery, artwork and light fixtures.The signature colour 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. Now referred to as ‘St. Anthony Green’, the hotel’s trademark colour is featured throughout the property.The hotel’s renowned grand lobby, also known as ‘Peacock Alley’, has been fully restored to welcome visitors with all of its storied finery – including the Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano acquired by owner Ralph W. Morrison after he purchased the hotel in 1935. Entirely transformed, the hotel lobby greets guests with soaring ceilings, elaborate mouldings and beautifully sculpted columns, complemented by an authentic Calacatta marble floor and a grand staircase.The renovated hotel now features 277 fully remodelled guest rooms, including 72 suites such as the John Wayne Suite, named for the actor who frequently stayed at the hotel and celebrated the premiere of the 1960s’ ‘The Alamo’ at the hotel. Adorned in hues of black, white, gray, and gold, the accommodations are accented with hints of the hotel’s signature shade of green. The refurbished guest rooms are complemented by expanded and modernised bathrooms, featuring vanities, oversized showers and lavish marble and tile detail. Situated on the 10th floor, the hotel’s renewed Presidential Suite offers more than 278sqm of luxury accommodations, including three bedrooms and four bathrooms.The restoration includes the reopening of the celebrated St. Anthony Club, the city’s first private members-only venue. Now open to the public, the club offers handcrafted cocktails and a glimpse into the unique history of a bygone era. Established in 1959 when Texas laws prohibited selling liquor by the drink, except in private clubs, The St. Anthony Club was Dorothy Draper’s first Texas hotel design project.Helmed by locally acclaimed Chef Stefan Bowers, the hotel’s new flagship restaurant, Rebelle, offers a unique sharing style and personal plate experience of local meats and farm-fresh produce sourced from Texas’ vast agricultural locales. The St. Anthony’s chic new cocktail lounge, Haunt, offers creative libations inspired by the hotel’s storied past.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more