We had a family get together at the historic Menger over Memorial Day weekend and were very disappointed by the lack of updating that this old hotel needs desperately. We booked a King Suite and did get the largest suit in the Hotel, the General Sherman Suite. However if he slept in this room it hasn't been updated since then. First thing was the room was moldy smelling and even had a portable air purifier in the room. The 2 bathrooms had tons of mold in the shower curtains and the tile around the tubs. The carpet was dirty and dint look like it had been vacuumed in days, in fact pieces of link and paper that were there the first day were still there the second day after the maids had supposedly cleaned the room. The many reports of the showers lack of consistent temperatures are very true. You can not stand under the water flow very long with out getting scalded and cold every time someone turns on a sink or flushes a toilet. It was impossible to keep a constant shower temperature for more than a few seconds. The amenities in the bathroom did not include any hair conditioner, only shampoo and moisturizer which when used up did not get replaced on the second day by the maids. The TV's could also be updted to new wide screen versions.
For what the room cost we could have stayed at the Marriott or Hyatt on the river and paid way less for parking our car. The Menger charges $28 per night plus tax for parking while most of the other river walk hotels charge less than $20.
We did love the beautiful lobby and atrium and the Menger bar was great and uncrowded for late night drinks.
MY advice is stay at one of the new modern riverwalk hotels and visit the Menger to see all the history associated with this hotel.
- 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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