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Welcome To The Historic Menger Hotel

With tradition and style befitting the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi, the elegant Menger Hotel welcomes guests with a nod to San Antonio’s colorful past intermingled with its cosmopolitan present—all just steps from famous World Heritage Site—the Alamo.

Step into our exquisite Victorian lobby and be transported back to a time when Theodore Roosevelt gathered his Rough Riders in our very own Menger Bar. This long-rooted landmark is renowned for its refined architecture, museum-worthy mementos, and esteemed history—including a long line of honored guests.

Our Spanish courtyard garden, filled with palm trees, azaleas, and a three-tiered fountain, is one of the most peaceful in town; and our gracious service and modern amenities (including the largest heated pool in San Antonio), promises an extraordinary experience all around. Frequent guests tell us it’s like coming home.

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Historic timeline

1809

La Villita is developed, becoming one of San Antonio’s first neighborhoods.

1809

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1836

On March 6, 13 days after Santa Anna's entry into the city, the Alamo falls. 

1836

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1859

William and Mary Menger build a two-story, fifty-room hotel for their brewery guests. It’s so popular that a three-story addition is built soon after.

1859

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1871

After a little over a decade of running the Menger Hotel, William Menger passes away. His wife and son continue to run the hotel and brewery.

1871

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1881

The Menger Hotel is sold to Major J.H. Kampmann, who adds a three-story addition to the north and an east wing with a cherry-wood bar modeled after the House of Lords Club taproom in London.

1881

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1909

Noted architect Alfred Giles makes extensive changes to the hotel. An ornamental marquee is added to the exterior, and the original (south) lobby is embellished with a new marble floor and Renaissance-revival style details.

1909

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1949

Air conditioning is installed in the hotel along with a new lobby and a four-story, 125-room addition. The bar is moved to the Crockett Street side.

1949

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1975

The Menger Hotel is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

1975
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