As one of the largest cities in the United States, you could spend days upon days exploring all of the subcultures that reside here. We’ve spent many years on the opposite side of town for the mere reason that downtown was “too far of a drive”. This is completely understandable, especially when you find yourself on the outskirts of 1604. When we started Twenty Something SA, Jacqueline and I decided to toss our comfort zones aside; no part of the city was off limits, especially downtown. As we began driving to and from, we thought to ourselves, “We should vacation here – a staycation, perhaps.” And the staycation was born.
During the month of August, Jacqueline and I decided to have a staycation at the St. Anthony in central downtown San Antonio.
Since it’s grand opening in 1909, the St. Anthony has recently undergone a renovation to restore all the beauty of the original hotel. Gorgeous furnishings, glimmering chandeliers and stunning pieces of art made up the lobby of the St. Anthony. As you walked down the hall, different colored furniture in a variety of styles and bright colors popped out at you. You could spend the whole day switching between different chairs, couches and coffee tables.
One of the most exciting new renovations at the St. Anthony are the bathrooms. All 277 flawlessly decorated guest rooms now have glass and granite bathrooms. I couldn’t resist spending a good hour lounging in the extra large bathtub with a glass of sparkling water. Luxury at it’s finest.
The guest rooms are enticing with grey hues, beautiful headboards, lush curtains and vintage chairs accented with pops of emerald. Upon our arrival, we heard a ringing and quickly ran to the door. The St. Anthony greeted us with a hand written card, a charcuterie plate and bottle of red wine. Our staycation was off to an amazing start!
Jacqueline and I were thrilled to have a haunting cocktail at Haunt, the newest bar inside the St. Anthony. It’s no secret that I am a huge Halloween buff, so when I found out there was a bar in San Antonio named Haunt, I knew I had to be there. The decor was fitting with dark lights accented by colorful undertones and a crystal skull in the entrance. Haunt features unique drinks including the Emerick, a ghost whiskey drink mixed with rose water, simple syrup, amarena and cherry juice, and the Pixie, a drink made up of gin, blackberry liquor, a sugar cube and a few, fresh lime squirts.
After lounging around Haunt for a while, we found ourselves on the sixth floor at the outdoor pool. Surrounded by cabanas and a an outdoor bar, the pool makes the St. Anthony an ideal place to unwind in the water. Also, the view of downtown San Antonio was just as satisfying as the pina colodas served cabana side.
After a dip in the pool, cocktails at haunt and room service, the morning arrived quickly, however it was not unwelcome. The sun came in through the windows and seemed to gently awaken us with it’s bright rays. Beyond the sun was a loud sound coming from one of our phones. Oh yes, an alarm. That must’ve been what truly woke us up. I’m usually not excited to set alarms on a holiday, but we didn’t want to miss out on the extravagant breakfast taking place in the sun-room off Peacock Alley in the lobby. I ordered a classic dish – lox and bagels – while Jacqueline enjoyed the breakfast buffet made up of stuffed French toast, waffles, fresh fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, breakfast potatoes and lots of coffee. Another successful staycation!
We would love to extend an invitation to you. The St. Anthony wants you to celebrate the grand opening of an iconic San Antonio hotel, newly renovated. Reserve a stay during the grand opening offer and receive: Double Starpoints® per stay, two signature cocktails, the infamous St. Anthony history book and a concierge led history tour of the property. This offer is valid for stays through December 31, 2015.