About the Menger

The Menger – The Most Historic Hotel In San Antonio

Just twenty-three years after the fall of The Alamo in 1836, German businessman, William A. Menger, opened his luxury hotel right next door on the abandoned site of Texas’s first

brewery. With the extraordinary Menger Bar as its centerpiece, the elaborately designed hotel soon became a favorite among Texas titans of industry, commerce and politics. Exorbitant cattle sales and oil deals were sealed over handshakes and shots of rye at the bar. This is also where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his famous Rough Riders cavalry brigade.

Today, after over 150 years of refinements and enhancements, the Menger stands as the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. The hotel is renowned for its exquisite architecture, including a stunning 3-story lobby and a meticulously restored wing adorned with 19th-century Victorian panache, rare antique furniture, and paintings. Stately columns rise from the burnished lobby floor, and antique furnishings, light fixtures, and artwork lend an air of historic luxury. Many cherished traditions continue to this day, most notably the Colonial Room’s famous mango ice cream – once made fresh from the mangos growing in the courtyard garden. This very same ice cream was served at both of President Bill Clinton’s inaugurations.

As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel has preserved much of the architecture and artifacts from its early days, including priceless antiques and paintings, purchased by Mr. Menger on trips to New York and Europe in the 1870s. Along the walls of the main lobby, you'll see photos of some of the most prominent guests of the hotel, from Teddy Roosevelt to baseball great Babe Ruth. Guest rooms are elegant yet completely modernized, with rooms in the older part of the hotel featuring lofty ceilings and views of the garden.


In addition to being the closest hotel to The Alamo, the Menger is adjacent to the Rivercenter Mall and a two-block walk from San Antonio’s vibrant River Walk. Also next door, the Alamo Plaza Spa offers a rejuvenating menu of facials, massages, and body treatments. Closer to home, for guests wishing to obtain a memento of their visit, the upscale shops of the Menger lobby promenade include J. Adelman Antiques, which showcases one of the largest selections of antiques and vintage jewelry in Texas.