The Menger Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Menger Hotel
Just 23 years after the fall of the Alamo, William Menger decided to expand his boarding house business in San Antonio, TX. A German immigrant, Menger also ran a local brewery and the hotel stands in that location. Expanding his boarding house turned out to be an excellent business choice. It was 1858 and history tells us that he immediately decided to add another 40 rooms. By the 1870’s, The Menger Hotel was considered one of the premier hotels in the southwest.
These days, The Menger is a top choice for ghost hunters and those looking for a paranormal experience. Not only does The Menger carry its weight in spiritual residents, but it's also next door to the Alamo, another historic site with possibilities of spirits and specters. At least three U.S. presidents stayed at The Menger during the 1800’s and the 1900’s. Teddy Roosevelt made the Menger Bar famous when he used it as his recruiting headquarters for his ‘Rough Riders.’ In fact, Teddy has been reported to be onsite more than once over the years and is likely the hotel’s most famous ghostly guest.
The Menger Bar — Photo courtesy of The Menger Hotel
At least 32 spirits have been reported on the grounds. There is mention of a murder victim (maid) and south Texas business magnate, Captain Richard King (founder of the King Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the world), also passed away while staying in the hotel.
If you’re looking a great place to stay with some ‘depth’ to its personality, it’s a sure thing you’ll be glad you visited The Menger. Guests looking for an elegant setting with a glimpse into the way San Antonio used to be will enjoy the beautiful antiques, historic lobby and how the hotel has preserved much of the original furnishings.
Looking for modern day amenities? Among many other niceties, you can enjoy in-room movies or a massage at The Alamo Spa. Conveniences include Gilchrist & Soames' products and wireless Internet. A heated pool and an enclosed garden offer relaxation and tranquility. Ripley's Believe It or Not, the largest interactive museum in the United States is across the street. The River Walk is within walking distance.
This charming hotel has everything: location, elegance, convenience, amenities, attractions nearby, and the possibility of a ghostly guest sighting to keep you interested!
One final note: The Menger’s supernatural residents are considered benevolent. In writing this article, research indicated no scary apparitions or feelings of danger. Families with small children are comfortable.