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San Antonio: Marriott Plaza by Hemisfair to Undergo Major Renovation

Feature Illustration (above): Concept rendering of the bar lounge for The Otis Hotel San Antonio. Courtesy: White Lodging Services.

Posted: 3-12-2020

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Antonio (Bexar County) — An Indiana-based team of luxury hotel developers are planning a major renovation and rebranding of a well-known downtown San Antonio hotel.

White Lodging Services and Marriott’s Autograph Collection announced today plans for a complete transformation of the Marriott Plaza San Antonio into  The Otis Hotel San Antonio, Autograph Collection.

Drawing from the city’s culture and the property’s rich history, The Otis Hotel will be the choice for easygoing luxury in the Alamo City.

Concept rendering of a guestroom in The Otis Hotel. Courtesy: White Lodging.

The existing 251-room property will become the first Otis Hotel/Autograph Collection. This is Marriott International’s collection of more than 180 distinctive hotels around the world. The Otis Hotel San Antonio would be the second of its namesake, with the first opening in Austin in late February next to the University of Texas.

White Lodging and REI Real Estate Services acquired the property in August 2019 and committed to renovating the hotel.

The Marriott Plaza, 555 S. Alamo St., is expected to close in August 2020 to undergo the renovation, which will include the exterior, porte cochere, resort pool, lobby, meeting rooms and all guest rooms. In addition, a destination spa and new restaurant and bar will be added.

The companies are also exploring the development of additional hotels on the six-acre site, including a new boutique hotel featuring 290 rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, and new restaurant. VBX reported on White Lodging’s plans for a 9-story boutique hotel that would incorporate the historic German-English School at 423 S. Alamo St. in this Dec. 2, 2019 article. See also Project ID 2019-8E37.

VBX will track the Marriott Plaza conversion on Project ID 2020-228C.

Illustration of the renovated patio area of the historic German-English School section.

“This area is uniquely situated and bridges the rich history and revitalization of this area of San Antonio,” said Terry Dammeyer, White Lodging’s president and CEO of Investments and Development. “Guests are close to everything and can discover some of San Antonio’s authentic hidden treasures off the River Walk, including the Southtown Arts District, Hemisfair Park, the King Williams District and the La Villita Historic Arts Village.”

Constructed in 1979, the Marriott Plaza was formerly known as the Four Seasons. The building area is about 183,000 square feet, with a 17,140-square-foot detached patio, and it’s located at the northwest corner of South Alamo Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. It has an assessed market value of about $22 million.

The Otis Hotel San Antonio

In a press release issued March 12 by White Lodging, the company said, “Guests will be inspired by The Otis Hotel’s luxurious contemporary design, which is perfectly juxtaposed with the property’s historic grounds and urban, oasis-like setting.

“Upon arrival, Guests will immediately feel welcomed with a transformed space that brings new energy and experiences. The porte cochere and lobby highlights the use of natural materials throughout to provide an authentic and contemporary San Antonio experience. The modern lobby boasts a new bar and lounge seating where guests get the opportunity to connect and recharge.”

Each oversized guestroom measures more than 360 square feet, and those facing the landscaped courtyard take advantage of the natural light and views with a bed, desk and soft seating situated directly in the center of the room.

Most rooms will feature a sliding glass door and a private balcony or terrace.

Referring to the 19th century German-English School, White Lodging added that the two historic buildings will be repurposed from meeting and event space into a new day spa. The third historic bungalow will be used as a one-of-a-kind bridal suite.

The historical and architectural significance of the bungalow exteriors and paver walkways guiding you through the gardens will be retained as part of the renovation. The pool area will be reimagined with an outdoor bar and semi-private cabanas.

In addition to the nearly 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, additional outdoor event areas will be situated among the urban oasis – perfect for weddings, cocktail receptions and business events.

Google Streets view of the Marriott Plaza Hotel as it stands today.


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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