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Destination San Antonio/Hill Country: THE EPICENTER OF TEXAS PRIDE

Date: 
6-22-2011

[In San Antonio]... Hotels of all sizes play host to meetings, with most of them stating that 75% or more of their business is groups.

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.”