Hotel Emma is the most amazing boutique luxury hotel I think I have ever stayed in. I have been lucky to stay at Hotel Emma twice now. Once when I was in town to test drive the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid and once when I was in town to drive the all new 2017 Jeep Compass. As soon as you arrive you are greeted by a grand entryway featuring a monumental fireplace.
Hotel Emma was originally the Pearl Brewery built in 1894 and the only brewery in San Antonio to survive prohibition. Hotel Emma’s designers did an amazing job incorporating old brewery equipment into the hotel. One of the areas that best shows this off is Sternewirth their bar/club room. I’ve expended quite a bit of time in this space having coffee or wine. No matter what time of day I go it is always enjoyable. There is just one pool table, but I noticed it rarely gets used. One pleasant surprise about this bar is the drink prices. I thought they would be high, but a glass of Riesling was only $11.
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Hotel Emma Lobby
The lobby also incorporates equipment from the brewery. As you can see they utilize the space with cozy seating everywhere.
Hotel Emma Library
One of the coolest features of Hotel Emma is their library. After you check in you can go into the library and get a complimentary margarita. Sadly, I never managed to get one, but I heard they were excellent. The library has 3,700 books and as you can see a beautiful space.
Hotel Emma Rooms
While I was there I got to see one of their two story suites. This is the bedroom upstairs. It only had one bed. The bathroom was huge and had a tub and a shower.
This is my room. Not quite as spacious as a suite, but still fantastic. One day I left my computer out and the room attendant gifted me with a little cleaning wipe for my screen. At night they come in for turn down service and they leave you macaroons, water, and set your tv on a slow jam.
Every room has an awesome ice box. In it you will find some sort of seasonal bark. Beer, wine, chips and salsa, roasted nuts and much more. It even has a little margarita making kit!It was February when I was there, but it was still hitting 94 degrees during the day. Any free time I had I went out to the pool. I needed the vitamin D and there are few things I love more than sitting around doing nothing poolside. I believe during the summer you can order food and drinks out here. They had complimentary sunscreen and magazines.
Hotel Emma Restaurants
Supper – One morning I had breakfast at one of their hotel restaurants, Supper. Like everywhere in the hotel it themed out and a beautiful space. I opted for a simple oatmeal because I was stuffed from eating too much the night before. This is their quinoa oatmeal and it was spectacular. It is the best oatmeal I have ever had! As you can see from the photo it was topped with all kinds of fresh fruit and dried fruits.
Southerleigh – One night I had the extreme pleasure of eating at Southerleigh, which was originally the brew house for Pearl Brewery. It was a large group dinner and I was unable to snap good pictures, but everything was wonderful. Vegetarians will adore the stuffed acorn squash and meat lovers will devour the steak! The berry trifle we had for dessert was the best berry dessert I’ve ever had. Their entire dessert menu is over the top. This would be a great spot for dessert and drinks.
Room Service at Hotel Emma
And yes, I ordered room service one morning. Jeep said we were welcome to get some room service, so I did. There are few things in life I enjoy more than breakfast in bed! As you can see from the bottom two photos you can see what I ordered. And yes, that is two things of bacon. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon? One is regular bacon and one is their Millionaire’s Bacon! I do not know what they put on the Millionaire’s bacon, but mmmhhhh. Two thumbs up! The main entree is an egg, asparagus, and bacon on toast. Plus, I got a side of granola. It was all wonderful.
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Hotel Emma Margarita Recipe
- 2 ounces white tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec (or your another orange liquor)
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- Lime wedge or slice
Combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker tin filled with ice. Shake and pour into a salt-rimmed glass full of ice. Garnish with a lime.
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