ForrestPerkins spearheads renovation of San Antonio’s St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony, a hotel in San Antonio, Texas, completed a two-year restoration and update to its guestrooms, public spaces and dining venues. Overseeing the renovation at the 277-key property — a member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Luxury Collection owned by BC Lynd — was Dallas-based interior architecture/design firm ForrestPerkins.

Originally built in 1909, the hotel’s new design aesthetic was influenced by fiesta, San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century. The designers added traditional fiesta floral patterns and jewel tones into decorative elements throughout the hotel, including stylized carpets, upholstery, artwork and light fixtures.

The color for the updated St. Anthony was selected from a set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by interior designer Dorothy Draper during a renovation in 1959. This shade is now referred to as “St. Anthony Green”.

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The restoration of The St. Anthony is part of The Luxury Collection brand’s $300 million dollar investment effort this year.

Other highlights of the renovation include the restoration of the lobby, known locally as “Peacock Alley”. This space now has a Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano acquired by one-time owner Ralph W. Morrison after he purchased the hotel in 1935. The lobby also has soaring ceilings, elaborate molding and sculpted columns, complemented by an authentic Calacatta marble floor and a grand staircase.

The 277 guestrooms were also remodeled. This included updates to the 72 suites. Featuring black, white, gray and gold hues, the accommodations have hints of the hotel’s shade of green. The guestrooms’ bathrooms were also expanded and modernized, with vanities, oversized showers and marble and tile detail.

The St. Anthony Club was similarly refurbished and reopened. The revived venue has the original bar designed by Draper, and authentic Venetian tile floors uncovered during the renovation.

The Rebelle restaurant and a new cocktail lounge named Haunt were also opened.

In addition, the hotel’s 31,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space was restored and updated.

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