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Destination: San Antonio/Hill Country

May 9th, 2011

There are a multitude of reasons to hold a meeting in San Antonio and its surrounding Hill Country. The city’s downtown area, where the convention center and major hotels are located, is walkable, the people are incredibly friendly and eager to please, and a wealth of attractions—the River Walk, The Alamo, 18th-century missions and celebrations thrown at the drop of a sombrero—make attendance numbers soar. One of the best places to stay in San Antonio? Emily Morgan hotel.

The building housing the 177-room Emily Morgan Hotel, located adjacent to the Alamo, opened in 1929 as the Medical Arts Building, which served as a hospital and home to doctors’ offices.  The hotel, with 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, is ideal for meetings ranging in size from 50–70 attendees and gets a lot of pharmaceutical, corporate and military business, says Chris Johnson, the hotel’s general manager. The property just launched a $2 million renovation of the guest rooms, as part of a project scheduled to be completed by mid-October.

What sets the Emily Morgan apart, according to Johnson, is that it is the official hotel for the Alamo. The hotel has established an arrangement with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the nonprofit organization that operates the Alamo and raises funds for its upkeep. “We can do lunches, dinners or meetings at the Alamo,” Johnson says. “There’s a 4,500-square-foot room inside, and it’s possible to do an event for 5,000 outside. We can also do private tours.”