Thompson San Antonio opened, ushering in a contemporary new vision to a dynamic Texas destination

Thompson San Antonio opened, ushering in a contemporary new vision to a dynamic Texas destination

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Thompson San Antonio, a new 162-room lifestyle hotel, opened in San Antonio Texas’ dynamic Arts District, along the city’s celebrated River Walk. Bringing modern sophistication to the Texas Hill Country, the 20-story Thompson Hotels property captures the vibrant contemporary spirit of this historic Texas city.

“We are thrilled to offer our guests a timelessly original experience in San Antonio that marries the energy of the Thompson Hotels brand with the allure of this charismatic Texas destination,” said Ted Knighton, general manager, Thompson San Antonio. “A modern-day interpretation of the River City, Thompson San Antonio offers sophisticated experiences inspired by the rich history and culture of the area. We are delighted to introduce guests and the local community to a new style of hotel in San Antonio, with elevated culinary offerings, exceptional service, a sought-after social scene and jaw-dropping views of the city skyline.”

Nestled in the bustling North River Walk neighborhood, Thompson San Antonio is situated steps from the city’s most sought-after attractions, including the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the historic Alamo and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Thompson San Antonio’s prime location allows guests to explore the city by foot and engage fully with this charming cultural hub.

Tailor-made Luxury that Welcomes and Engages
Inspired by the intricate fabric of contemporary San Antonio, designer Mariana Valero of Mexico-based interior design firm Amass & G created a magnetic, inviting gathering place where travelers, locals and neighbors can be inspired. Thompson San Antonio’s unapologetically stylish design pairs handcrafted materials, including natural parota wood and custom handstitched leather, with lavish furnishings and Texas-inspired touches. Residential-style indoor and outdoor spaces feature bold design elements, intriguing materials and textures, bespoke furniture and the curated works of internationally renowned artists and photographers. Captivating paintings, installations and sculptures are featured throughout the property, including original sculptures by Jeff Koons and Koray Akay, a limited-edition piece by Lucio Carvalho, photography by Lynne Douglas and a 3-D acrylic ink on aluminum painting from San Antonio-based artist, Eric Breish.

Serving as a refreshing and unexpected contrast to the sparkling River Walk, Thompson San Antonio’s lobby welcomes guests to an environment of tailored design and rich textures. Dark flooring is softened with subtle abstract-patterned rugs, and black granite and rusted Corten steel contrast with natural wood walls paneled in a chevron pattern. A custom-designed floating staircase with vertical handrails wrapped in handstitched leather makes a statement as it draws the eye upward. Lighting is intimate, furnishings are layered for a residential feel, and rich touches, such as a bookcase surrounding a fireplace and large circular columns wrapped in artisan brass belts, tempt all who enter to get comfortable and stay awhile.

Thompson San Antonio’s 162 guest rooms include 33 suites, offering floor-to-ceiling views of the urban horizon and the rolling Texas Hill Country beyond. Ranging from 350 to 2,400 square feet, guest rooms feature refined furnishings, such as custom sofas; sleek equestrian touches, including brown leather and buckle pillow-back headboards in some rooms; entirely bespoke case goods and entertainment centers; wet bars in suites; and spacious stone and glass bathrooms with rainfall showers, plus sculptural free-standing soaking tubs in suites.

Noteworthy in-room amenities include luxurious D.S. & Durga bath products, an espresso and coffee bar and a beverage and snack bar featuring regional makers such as Dallas-based Ranch Water and craft-distilled Saint Liberty Bertie’s Bourbon Whiskey from Austin. Designed for entertaining, the Penthouse Suite features a pool table and private terrace, for a private playground unlike any other in San Antonio.

Dynamic Collection of Culinary and Bar Concepts
Four restaurant and bar destinations cross indoor and outdoor spaces, offering unparalleled culinary and beverage options. Landrace, a new destination restaurant helmed by James Beard Award finalist and beloved San Antonio chef Steve McHugh, honors the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time. McHugh’s seasonal menus celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home. McHugh’s charcuterie-focused venue Cured helped put San Antonio on the culinary map when it opened in 2013. With Landrace, McHugh shifts his focus to heritage and place, collaborating with an extensive list of Texas farmers and growers for ingredients ranging from quail eggs and cabrito to black garlic, edible flowers and Bloody Butcher corn. A collection of Landrace’s dishes will be prepared on the coals, courtesy of an impressive Grillworks wood-fired grill.

Overlooking the River Walk and adjacent to the hotel, the 200-seat Landrace features a 40-seat riverfront terrace and a distinctly independent mood, with a light color palette, soaring ceilings and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. The setting evokes a warm mid-century feel with upholstered banquettes and chairs and custom-designed patterned screens in rose gold. A showstopping bar and a semi-open kitchen showcasing the wood-fired grill add to the ambiance. Landrace also offers two expansive private dining rooms, one of which features views of the River Walk.

Floating high above the River Walk is The Moon’s Daughters, an enchanting indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar that dazzles from its 20th-story perch over the city. Inspired by the Greek goddess of the moon, the 300-seat restaurant and bar – opening mid-March – offer indoor-outdoor spaces with twinkling city lights and all the excitement of starry San Antonio nights. Here, some of the city’s best live music will elevate the mood. With programming scheduled around the lunar cycle, The Moon’s Daughters will offer live music and DJ sets every Friday and Saturday night, in addition to pop-up events such as a Super Full Moon party, tarot card readings and aerial performances.

A Mediterranean-inspired menu from Executive Chef Robert Cantu, a San Antonio native and an alum of The Angad Arts Hotel’s Grand Tavern by David Burke and The Cheshire Hotel in St. Louis, Mo., features flavorful dishes that conjure a sun-soaked holiday along the Aegean Sea. A compelling selection of small plates features ingredients such as charred and preserved lemon, local honey, roasted pistachios, local eggplant, fried mint and Marcona almonds. Entrees encompass meat and fish dishes, as well as vegetarian Stuffed Leek Kebobs. Side dishes range from roasted local squash and mushrooms to labneh, artichoke hummus and marinated olives. The Moon’s Daughters is open for happy hour, dinner and late-night dining.

In addition to Landrace and The Moon’s Daughters, Thompson San Antonio also offers two venues for dining and imbibing. A bustling lobby bar designed to ignite conversation among guests and locals alike and an al fresco bar on the fourth-floor pool deck that is exclusive to hotel guests and residents of the adjacent Arts Residences.

During their stay, guests have access to Thompson San Antonio Tastemakers, ultra-connected insiders who can help curate under-the-radar experiences locally. Guests of Thompson San Antonio also receive priority booking for Landrace and The Moon’s Daughters.

Elevated Guest Amenities & Immersive Experiences
Thompson San Antonio features an expansive pool deck on the fourth floor, offering panoramic city views. This serene oasis, exclusively for hotel guests and residents of The Arts Residences, features a 2,000-square-foot swimming pool, inviting lounge areas, a pool bar, lively performances on the weekends and private luxury cabanas with lush greenery, a water-ledge, TV and dedicated VIP service. During their stay, guests can experience day parties and a nightlife scene on the pool deck.

Guests will enjoy pampering and relaxation therapies at Thompson Spa, the hotel’s 5,000 square-foot full-service spa featuring five treatment rooms, intimate relaxation areas, a steam room, and a sauna. Thompson Spa offers an extensive menu of facials, peels, body treatments, massages, scrubs, and is the only hotel spa in downtown San Antonio to offer the HydraFacial, a replenishing and hydrating treatment that features a combination of hyaluronic acid and patented Boletus extract to reactivate skin’s natural hydration levels and reveal a more youthful complexion. Thompson Spa’s menu also features regionally inspired body treatments, including the multisensory Texas Orange Blossom and Cedar Wood manicure and pedicure. Guests in the know can unwind with secret off-menu experiences, such as artistically crafted skincare treatments, which change regularly. Creative fitness classes include Drop the Beat Yoga, which pairs mood-elevating yoga with rhythm and sound. A 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center allows guests to squeeze in a workout when it’s most convenient for them.

Each Thompson San Antonio guest receives a personal water bottle during their stay that can be refilled at multiple hydration stations throughout the property. Thompson San Antonio also provides guests with a Thompson safety pack that includes a face mask and disposable wipes.

Versatile Meeting & Social Event Venues with Downtown Views
Thompson San Antonio’s nine indoor and outdoor venues span more than 10,000 square feet and feature a versatile selection of layouts. The flexible space encompasses three unique outdoor venues steeped in the natural beauty of the River Walk. Interior event spaces include: a 2,574-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that is poised to be the city’s go-to venue for weddings and important events; a 2,111-square-foot foyer filled with natural light; and a 678-square-foot executive boardroom with advanced videoconference technology.

Anchored by a curated collection of original artworks, Thompson San Antonio features an original Red Balloon Dog sculpture from Jeff Koons and a large wall sculpture from Koray Akay titled Push in the corner. Made from wood, Push in the corner is a large sculpture created with mixed painting techniques that consists of 6,000 pieces and took Akay two and a half months to complete.

Nightly rates at Thompson San Antonio start at $349. For more information or to book a stay, please call 210.876.1234 or visit Guests who book the Grand Opening Offer will receive a complimentary upgrade, late check out, a $25 spa credit, daily cocktail toast and a Thompson San Antonio-branded gift.

Thompson San Antonio joins recently opened and announced Thompson Hotels properties, including Thompson Dallas, which opened in November 2020, as well as Thompson Savannah, Thompson Buckhead, Thompson Hollywood, Thompson Austin and Thompson Denver, which are slated to open in 2021.

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Brant Foy

Brant E. Foy is a reporter for Business Journal.  He has previously worked for the Waco Star Journal.  As a contributor to Business Journal, Brant covers emerging business developments, legal and trending technology related stories.