#TRAVELINGTINK x ST. ANTHONY LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
I loved our visit to Texas. (And not just because I look so amazing in a cowboy hat!)
My human and I stayed in the iconic St. Anthony hotel - a huge part of San Antonio history and pretty much a destination in itself.
There are so many things about this great hotel that made my little doggie heart swoon. First of all, it’s super stylish with a bunch of great eclectic touches fit for a diva like me.
I adored the swanky dining room, the glittering chandeliers and the big grand piano in the lobby. I felt like I was in a museum, with so many precious artworks, bronze sculptures and gorgeous antique furniture. We stayed in the John Wayne Suite which had sophisticated modern decor paired with beautiful artwork and historical photography of the legendary actor. I loved having breakfast at the luxurious dining room table, pampering myself in the magnificent spa bathroom, and lounging in the elegant sitting area before heading out to explore
Secondly, I was fascinated by the history. Did you know that when the hotel was built in 1909 it was one of the most luxurious and prestigious hotels in the USA? It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, of course!
It was one of the first hotels to have lights that turned off when guests locked their bedroom door - making it one of the most technologically advanced hotels of its time. It fell on hard times during the Great Depression, but was purchased and refurbished by rancher and civic leader Ralph W. Morrison. He was the one who bought the impressive art collection you’ll see within the public lounges! Morrison also added air conditioning - making the St. Anthony the first fully-functioning air-conditioned hotel in the world. (Which is essential, in the crazy Texas heat!)
Another great detail about the St. Antony Hotel is the gorgeous outdoor rooftop pool and bar area to beat that Texas heat (not pet friendly, sorry). As well as a supplemental Sky terrace, decorated with charming twinkling string lights overlooking beautiful San Antonio!
So many famous people have stayed here over the years - including Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Will Rogers, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Richard Arlen and Clara Bow. (Now you can add another name to that list… the fabulous Tinkerbelle!)
Plus, another thing to love about the St. Anthony is that it is very welcoming to pups like myself. They have a dog-friendly policy that welcomes pets up to 40 lbs for an additional fee. I was given a special bowl, a comfy bed and was treated like a star!
What did my human and I do in San Antonio? Strolled down the river walk, of course! After all, St. Anthony is located near Travis Park - only three blocks from the Alamo and the River Walk. It’s a perfect base for exploring this area. Dog’s aren’t allowed inside the Alamo, but that didn’t stop me from posing in front of it.
My goodness, what a wonderful place for a stroll on a sunny day! River boats floating by, people laughing and dining on patios, music in the air… it’s truly one of the hippest parts of the city. We dined at Rita’s on the River - a Tex-Mex spot known for great margaritas , yummy fajitas and their pet friendly seating on the river. (If you ask for the “secret pet menu”, the chef will whip something up for you to feast on with your human!)
We also took a trip to the Pearl District (10 minute drive from the hotel), where you can find amazing shops and authentic Mexican dining at La Gloria! They also have a pet friendly section, so of course my margarita game was strong!
When it was time to leave the St. Anthony I was such a sad pup. I really had a fabulous time and I can’t wait to come back to this gorgeous spot again.