The Queen of San Antonio

From the time it opened as San Antonio’s first true luxury hotel in 1909, The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, has set trends, hosted celebrities and thrown celebrations that left an indelible mark on the city.

With its reopening, the “Queen of San Antonio” again assumed her crown and a peek into some of the hotel’s storied past leaves little doubt as to why it has such a special place in the heart of anyone who has enjoyed a stay.

Originally, a richly furnished, 430-room hotel boasting mahogany furniture and fine tapestries, it went through a renovation in 1936 to install air conditioning making it the first fully-functioning air-conditioned hotel in the world. Determined to make The St. Anthony into an even classier hotel, a “magic eye” door that opened automatically as people approached was also installed making it the first such door of its kind in any building in Texas.


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