Relying on the iconic St. Anthony Hotel’s history to guide the 2013-2015 redesign, San Antonio’s first luxury hotel has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur. The new look is timeless: historically modern, with a thoughtful and respectful nod to the magnificent history behind the hotel. The experience of walking through the hotel’s glamorous public space, taking in the historic architecture as it playfully contrasts with modern furnishings, historic artwork and The St. Anthony’s own collection of antiques will exceed even the most discerning travelers’ expectations.
Design firm ForrestPerkins, known for its work with an impressive list of luxury hotels and resorts and its keen sense of place and style, helped bring the hotel’s interior back to life.
Vibrant color plays a starring role in the transformation of the hotel’s interior, capturing San Antonio’s colorful atmosphere while remaining true to the hotel’s iconic, timeless architecture. The signature color for The St. Anthony was selected from a magnificent set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by designer Dorothy Draper in 1959. Rimmed in a striking parrot green, the china was featured seasonally in The St. Anthony Club. That green, now referred to as “St. Anthony Green” is featured throughout the hotel, serving as the defining color in the design scheme of each public area, as well as the 277 guest rooms and suites.
Guest corridors are decorated with collections of historic black and white photographs: images of San Antonio’s beloved Fiesta, military pictures, musical photos and Fiesta dress sketches, artwork that showcases the starring role The St. Anthony has had in San Antonio’s colorful history and celebrations. The custom carpet design is a stylized and oversized floral pattern in grey scale tones, referencing the Battle of the Flowers in a modern manner. New decorative lighting brings the glamour of the public areas into the guest floors, combining gold metal finishes with glowing silk and etched glass shades which cast classical patterns for ceiling adornment.
The color of Fiesta flows throughout the hotel as the signature colors of “St. Anthony Green” and lapis blue that prominently appear in the public areas are also featured in the suites and rooms as more subtle accents within a restful palate of warm greys, light neutrals and shimmering metals. Each room and suite features a sense of arrival, a feeling of entering a place that is thoughtfully conceived and artfully arranged as if for that one particular treasured guest.
Historic crystal light fixtures have been restored with crystal accents to dress the guest room and suites entries. Technology highlights such as charging stations, lighted mirrors, integrated minibars and lighted closets give the guest rooms and suites the quiet luxury of modern amenities and are subtly blended into the design so the room aesthetic remains fluid. Collected artwork and artifacts are also dispersed throughout the hotel, piquing guests’ curiosity and flavoring the hotel with its own rich history.
Now a proud member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts The Luxury Collection, The St. Anthony is more than just a great place to stay the night; it is truly the place to see and be seen in San Antonio, with meticulous details and history waiting to be uncovered at every turn.