Menger's valet parking cost $25 but the staff in the covered parking entrance were efficient and helpful with suitcases and packages. Upon arrival my friend didn't remember her coat was in the trunk until after our car had been parked underground. One of the valets immediately ran down and retrieved it for her. The Menger's front desk staff were friendly and helpful. Able to answer any questions we had about the hotel or the Riverwalk area and very service oriented when checking us in and on checking out.
We requested a 2-bed room facing the inside courtyards instead of the street given the hotel is located in the heart of downtown traffic (Menger's front entrance is directly across from the Alamo's back courtyard). Our room was in the older section and set up more like a suite. You enter into the first bedroom area then through an adjoining doorway is the main bedroom and bathroom. People staying in the entrance bedroom have to cut thru the main bedroom to get to the bathroom, but not a real problem since you likely know each other well if you are sharing a hotel room.
I do not believe I am a nit-picky person but the following could be cleaned once or twice a year. The plastic Venetian shade in the bathroom window directly across from the toilet was very gross looking, covered with dust & (water?) droplet stains. Just needed a good washing. Laying in bed I noticed dust accumulated on top of the ceiling fan so thick it was hanging over the blades like moss from a live oak treebranch in a Louisiana swamp. The lovely, heavy old-fashioned curtains had thick creases that looked like they could also have used a some light vacuuming.
Along one entire wall of their lovely garden courtyard area the Menger has a covered patio with several white rocking chairs. Very relaxing place to sit in early mornings sipping free coffee (coffee cart is located just outside the dining room). Their outdoor pool area was also very nice with what looked like a newer hot tub area.
We dined in the Menger's Colonial Room restaurant one evening; both the service and food were what one would expect of a quality establishment. Also worth visiting is the Menger's Rough Rider bar. It was built 1887 and has a beautiful, long dark cherrywood/beveled mirror bar, an upstairs balcony, paneled wood ceilings, brass spittoons and the usual wild animals busts hanging on the walls give it a real Old West atmosphere. Literature on the Menger infos Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 1859 hotel next to Alamo, 1 block from Riverwalk. Originally built in 1859, The Menger Hotel is located in central San Antonio, one block from the famed Riverwalk, the Children's Museum, and the Buckhorn Museum. Nearby points of interest also include the Rivercenter Mall, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and San Antonio Central Library. The hotel's Colonial Room Restaurant serves American regional cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. The historic Menger Bar, a replica of London's House of Lords Pub, features cherry paneling and booth seating. Room service is also available.The Menger Hotel's tropical courtyard garden looks out onto an outdoor heated pool. On-site recreational amenities also include a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility with cardiovascular equipment. The full-service Alamo Plaza Spa offers spa treatments including massages, scrubs, facials, and a Finnish sauna. More than 11,618 square feet of flexible function space accommodates up to 750 guests and includes the Plaza Ballroom, 9 meeting and conference rooms, poolside rooms, and a terrace that overlooks the Menger Court. Valet parking is available (surcharge). Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered in all public areas. The Menger Hotel is a smoke-free property.Built in 1859, the five-story Menger Hotel is next to the Alamo and just one block from the Children's Museum and the shops at the Riverwalk; the arts community of La Villita is four blocks away. The hotel features the Colonial Room Restaurant and the historic Menger Bar, a replica of London’s House of Lord’s Pub. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a spa offering European-style treatments. ... more less
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