Unique blending of historical elements with modern references.
Welcome to Hotel Emma, a delectably unique 146-room hotel with seven top-floor suites, a handsome bar and club room, an excellent restaurant, a purveyor of fine foods, and public spaces reminiscent of fine old hotels in far-flung locales. Comfortable and unconventional, the hotel’s historical ambiance proclaims a new standard of South Texas luxury and geniality. The hotel’s design firm, Roman and Williams, is known for work that is distinguished by its unique blending of historical elements with modern references and finely balanced tension between past and future.
Hotel Emma rooms offer a wide range of cordial experiences. From the extraordinary rooms in the original Brewhouse tower to the subtle luxuries of the more contemporary River Cellars, every stay at Hotel Emma can be a revelation. Roman and Williams’ design revels in the contrasts between industrial history and South Texas nuance, creating an environment that encourages delightful discoveries. At Hotel Emma we believe your stay should make an indelibly lovely impression. Suites offer niceties, surprises and moments verging on the sublime with pleasing features such as private dining areas, two-story terraces, and original stonework and vaulted ceilings. Custom-designed furniture and original artwork will make you feel both at home and wholly in another place as you enjoy your time at Hotel Emma.
If it’s true that “god is in the details,” then Hotel Emma is divine. You’ll savor Hotel Emma’s little extras… locally-sourced civilities that imbue your stay with comfort, cordiality and delicious surprise. We acquired the 3,700-volume library of Sherry Kafka Wagner, a San Antonio icon, novelist, historian, Harvard Fellow, and cultural anthropologist. It is housed in one of the Brewhouse’s vaulted rooms, which we have furnished with club chairs and lighting designed to seduce you into whiling away an afternoon with a good book. Browse to your heart’s content and check out your books using the library’s old-school card system.
The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.