Originally published by Hospitality Design.
By Kathleen Kervin
San Antonio’s St. Anthony hotel, originally opened in 1909 and revamped last year, also part of the Luxury Collection, was a labor of love for its owners BC Lynd Hospitality. Led by founding principals and San Antonio natives Clyde Johnson IV and Brandon Raney, the company acquired the hotel in 2012 with a major repositioning strategy, says Johnson. “The St. Anthony holds a special place in the San Antonio community,” adds Raney, who enlisted the help of local architecture firm Overland Partners and Dallas-based ForrestPerkins to bring the property back to life. “The long history deserved to be revived.”
The 277 guestrooms pay homage to the city’s Battle of the Flowers parade—which celebrates the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto—starting with the oversized grayscale floral pattern on the corridor carpets. Inside the rooms, the hotel’s signature bright green (taken from custom china created for the hotel by renowned interior designer Dorothy Draper) and lapis blue add a pop to the neutral palette of gray tones and metal accents. The bright colors also play prominently in public areas, which “feel like special little jewel boxes,” esplains ForrestPerkins associate principal Colletta Conner, most notably in the lobby’s grand Peacock Alley, “which is really well designed from an architectural standpoint as well as the new design that we layered on top.”
While some construction finds were not so welcome (plumbing systems thought to have been replaced in 1982 were actually untouched since 1941), “many of the discoveries during the project were eureka moments,” says Raney, like 1910 mosaic tile flooring found in the St. Anthony Club bar that had been covered for 50 years by carpet, wood flooring, and concrete.
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