Hotel Emma — Photo courtesy of Scott Martin / Hotel Emma
The highly anticipated Hotel Emma will finally be opening its doors in November 2015 at Pearl Brewery. A boutique hotel of this caliber is proof that San Antonio has finally earned its stripes as a leading culinary destination.
Hotel Emma will showcase its culinary prowess in multiple ways, including at its restaurant Supper; the bar and clubroom Sternewirth; and Larder, the curated market.
Of course, that's not all. As the flagship of the Pearl community – which is known for its excellent restaurants – Emma plans to host guest chefs for demos and other culinary programs that their guests can enjoy.
Supper restaurant at Hotel Emma — Photo courtesy of Jody Horton / Hotel Emma
An unusual addition to the hotel that you don't often see will be the Culinary Concierge. In an effort to provide custom experiences for each of their guests, Culinary Concierge Hugh Daschbach will be at the helm of introducing guests to a side of San Antonio they've likely not seen before.
"We're really trying to take it a step further and introduce creativity and spontaneity into our interaction with guests in reference to food and beverage in San Antonio," says Hugh. "It’s easy nowadays for anybody to click on their handheld device and get a list of the best restaurants in town, but when we bring our own friends and family into town, we bring them to places off those lists. Our goal is to get to know guests in a way that we can connect them to the secret side of San Antonio: the authentic side."
Elizabeth Fauerso, CMO of the Pearl, shares her insight on the scope of the hotel:
"I think the delicate balance that we’ve struck between the grandeur of the space that’s almost wild in its scale with these 35-foot pillars, original three-story vaulted ceiling maintained in the lobby and masculine scale is so unseen, combined with a careful, lovely, intimate experience of freshly prepared French macarons, perfectly prepared coffee. These two things living side by side is unheard of in the U.S."
Every detail of the guest experience has been thoughtfully considered, and that comes through in all aspects of the hotel, as Elizabeth points out – down to the cup of complimentary coffee (which, as most know, is usually not anything to write home about, even when you're staying at premium luxury hotels and resorts).
Hotel Emma has truly done an outstanding job of preserving and utilizing the original space, a 19th-century brewhouse, thanks largely to their designers – New York's Roman and Williams – who have artistically blended historical features with modern aesthetics.
Each of the 146 rooms is unique because of their efforts to maintain the original architecture. The top-floor suites are very large, mostly two-story accommodations with full kitchens and large dining tables that, again, encourage a memorable culinary experience.
When you think of Hotel Emma, you might imagine you're staying at a really cool, funky place in Montmartre in Paris. It's not The Ritz: it's something much more special.