The St. Anthony was Crowned Again with All the Pomp and Circumstance You Would Expect
Dignitaries, politicians and social elite from across the globe converged for the Grand Reopening of The St. Anthony Hotel, long referred to as the Queen of San Antonio, this week. The celebration had all the pomp and circumstance worthy of any royalty; dedication speeches by city officials including former Mayor Lila Cockrell, a ribbon cutting, a champagne christening, trumpets and a champagne toast served on silver trays.
Before entering the hotel for her opulent party and full reveal, guests took a tour of the antique luxury car collection parked in front of the hotel which offered the perfect opportunity for a photo op.
Stepping inside the glass doors, guests were struck by the overwhelming beauty and glamour this hotel represents. The intricately detailed columns and arches, the collection of museum-quality art including original paintings, marble & bronze figurines and a Steinway piano built for the Russian Embassy in Paris.
Walking down Peacock Alley, restored to its original grandeur with antique furnishings and crystal chandeliers, guests were greeted by servers in white jackets donning silver trays filled with delectable bites and more champagne. Endless cocktails flowed from several open bars and music from the Steinway filled the room. It was a scene out of an English novel and not usually found in San Antonio.
But all this was just a hint of what our expectant and curious minds were waiting to see, taste and experience. Loured by more music from violins playing a rendition of melodies from Phantom of the Opera and smells of of food wafting through the hallway, we entered the Anacaho room. There guests dined on Steak Diane, artful salads and Parmesan Risotto with basil pesto and sauteed julienne vegetables at lavishly clothed tables with bouquets of fresh flowers and giant candelabras.
Just down the hall for the Anacaho room was the Draper room. Entering here two things caught the eye. The first was the almost “wall” of seafood. This massive table was stacked high with boiled shrimp, oyster on the half-shell and crab along with any condiment needed to dress it up. The second object of attraction was the gilded gold piano and vocalist singing classy lounge tunes. This room, with it’s fully stocked bar to quench any thirst, was reminiscent of an upscale speak-easy.
After eating our fill here we entered the attendant operated elevators to see more of what this grand lady had in store for us.
The sixth floor gave us a glimpse of one of the tastefully updated guest rooms with soft hues of creams and grays inviting you to stay the night and partake of her grandeur a little longer. The adjoining bath had all the amenities, comparable to any of the newer downtown hotels, to make your stay extra comfortable.
Next we were off to the much anticipated lure of the 6th floor, better known as the outdoor pool area. Here we had a chance to dine on some gourmet pool fare including house-made potato and sweet potato chips, bison sliders, finger sandwiches and beet goat cheese bites. Relaxing in cozy, inviting pool cabana seating, we were mesmerized by the large back-lit beach ball containing a performer doing fluid aerobics as it skimmed across the water. With the cool night air and sipping cocktails from the open air bar, one could certainly linger here. But the promise of even more to come was to much. Off to the 10th floor and the St. Anthony Sky Terrace we went.
We entered “THE” captivating and mysterious rooftop terrace surrounded by the beautiful San Antonio skyline. Many of the guests were already here seated in cozy private seating areas and engrossed in serious conversation. I imagine many business decisions and foreword moving city development plans will be made right here, as they were decades before.
In the center of the large terrace was a variety of fancy Mexican street tacos, borracho beans, fried avocado slices and lots of trimmings. It was hard to resist the smells floating through the air.
The skyline views were amazing and gave you the feeling of being on top of the city if not the world.
Yes, after a multi-million dollar face lift, the Queen is definitely back on the thrown and for anyone wanting a luxurious place to stay, there are exquisite treasures this Grand Dame houses for your adventurous discovery.
**Full Disclosure: I was invited to the Grand Opening of The St. Anthony Hotel for a review. All opinions are my own.
300 East Travis Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205, United States