It is not unusual for Woodbine projects to have a story—but Hotel Emma is unique because it was brewing for a long, long time. The Pearl Brewery (originally “City Brewery”) opened near downtown San Antonio in 1883. Over the following century, the brewhouse and the surrounding neighborhood, the Pearl District, saw many ups and downs—among them unprecedented growth, prohibition, a name change, a buy-out and a shut-down. In 2001, revitalization returned through the vision of Kit Goldsbury and Silver Ventures. As part of that, Woodbine was hired to serve as the development manager for the conversion of the Pearl into a 146-room boutique hotel.
Opened in 2015, Hotel Emma exhibits a historical elegance that’s striking, inviting, comfortable and unconventional—giving breath to its own brand of South Texas luxury and hospitality. Its features include an upscale restaurant and handsome bar and clubroom that delight guests and residents with cocktails, bites and a blend of farm-to-table and bistro fare. Plus, the neighborhood surrounding of the “once upon a brewery” offers walkable access to retail shops, restaurants and cafes, businesses and a twice weekly farmers market.
San Antonio, TX
Hotel Guest Rooms:
6,160 interior sq. ft.