I've wanted a look inside this building for a while so I joined friends for lunch at Supper, the hotel restaurant. Lunch at a hotel restaurant? It's not typical hotel fare--lunch was excellent with interesting choices and farm-fresh ingredients.
Supper's entry court with an old pipe from the brewery turned water feature seen on the left. I didn't get photos inside the restaurant but you can see a few on this recent Remodelista post.
After lunch we walked around to check out the hotel designed by New York-based Roman and Williams. Larder, Hotel Emma's version of a snack bar, is stocked with mostly locally-sourced ingredients. Your choice of pastries, sandwiches, salad, and delicacies such as smoked duck breast can be enjoyed at one of their tables or outside along the river.
Roman and Williams, former movie set designers, carefully preserved details and layers of the 1894 brewhouse building which had been closed for a decade when construction began. For a better look at the exterior see this post from December 2012.
A two-story library off the main lobby features 3,700 volumes purchased from a local collector. The library was locked so we managed to peek through the glass.
Roman and William's design team not only preserved the patina of the building, they re-purposed pipe fittings as planters and surrounded doors with features like this piping unit. A chandelier fashioned from an old bottle labeler presides over the lounge area. Such architectural details alone make the visit fascinating.
Through the door above, Sternewirth, Hotel Emma's lobby bar, wows with Texas style comfort. Love the belt detail on the sofa.
Factory floor planks top a generous table or you could claim a window seat.
A Piloncillo sugar mold holds succulents instead of the typical candles.
Bullnose bricks soften corners of the imposing fireplace. Hotel Emma staff told us they give tours and we plan to return for that soon. Wouldn't it be fun during the holiday season?
Bar with wine storage mezzanine above. If only Michelangelo was available.
Conversational seating areas fashioned from old fermenting tanks.
Recycled pieces are the fun of discovery at Hotel Emma.
An enormous room, yet the space seems intimate and invites whiling away an afternoon in the unique surroundings. Throughout the building are display cases of found objects. The designers approached the initial phase of the project as archaeologists, preserving everything from old paper files to a 1925 delivery truck.
Cozy nook cuts the enormous space down to size. Not sure I could get too comfy with the giant old
On our way out we took a look at the adjacent Southerleigh restaurant to see if it should be next on the list of places to lunch. Kegs in the entry off Hotel Emma's lobby. Yep, looks like a good choice for lunch.
Hotel Emma's entry court features an outdoor fireplace with the same rounded or bullnose bricks used inside. Pearl Beer used the three 'X' symbol as its logo, an element repeated in the concrete tiles.
Nice view out from the fireplace. My car awaits......I can wish, can't I?
And here's the gang warming by the outdoor fire after exploring the hotel.
Another reason for locals to visit the Pearl. In contrast to downtown, ample free parking is available all around the Pearl.
We walked over to the river which is just a few steps away.
Looking back toward the hotel along with new luxury apartments going up, we admired this combination of Purple Heart and Pink Muhly.
Hotel Emma from the river bridge. A special events space fronts the river and Larder provisions shop is on the far corner of the building.
Great tour! I LOVE it [puts "visit San Antonio, stay at Hotel Emma" on bucket list]. Hmmm, it's not too far from Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival...ReplyDelete
Not too far by Texas or California standards! There's also the National Butterfly Center down that way so plenty of reason for a roadtrip.Delete
Thanks for the tour! This is a really great update to the building. I am a complete sucker for the industrial look when it's paired with natural materials like old wood and leather. I'll have to check it out the next time I'm in San Antonio.ReplyDelete
The whole place just felt right to me, appealing to both my love of city and country style.Delete
It's a fascinating place. I'm with Luisa - I need to put a visit on my bucket list.ReplyDelete
You would enjoy our beautiful city.Delete
WOW! What a great restoration/redesign or whatever. This is industrial design at its very best. I just love the repurposed artifacts. I can't help but wonder how long the project took from concept to opening. I think a movie set designer was the perfect choice for this job. Thank you for taking us on the adventure.ReplyDelete
I read it took about five years to complete the construction and the concept had been in the works for a while before that so 10 years in all.Delete
I knew it had to be a very long time. It shows that nothing was forgotten. I hope I get to visit in 2016.Delete
What a fun and interesting space! I like the nooks and the gravel drive. I will have to go check it out in person. : )ReplyDelete
It's a short drive from Houston so come on over!Delete
Great tour (as we've come to expect!) Ms. Shirley. The wonderful combination of new and old is the ideal way to celebrate the ongoing rebirth of the riverwalk and brewery facilities. San Antonio keeps proving it is a city with a clear vision for the future.ReplyDelete
We have so much history here and a lot of emphasis on preserving it.Delete
I love it when old buildings are re purposed instead of being torn down and this one was done with such style! It's all grand but my favorite part (of many) is the tank seating! So cool!ReplyDelete