In partnership with White Lodging, the project is turning the former Otis Hotel into Plaza San Antonio Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, a nod to the area’s roots and hotel’s past identifiers.
The 253-room property has often had ‘plaza’ in its name since it first opened in 1979 as the Plaza Nacional. The hotel and spa is slated to open in its new guise in summer 2023.
The Plaza San Antonio features three 19th century bungalows and a garden oasis in the heart of the city’s downtown. The hotel will boast oversized guest suites with modern amenities, in addition to the repurposed historic buildings that will be home to a new day spa, as well as bungalow suites.
The hotel threads seamlessly with the existing historic buildings and will reflect key elements of the city around it. A 42 ft-tall Anaqua tree, once listed in the American Forestry Associations’ National Register of Big Trees, is also integrated into the landscape. Special signage referencing the historic elements of the hotel will also be incorporated into the design for guests to appreciate.
The 4.5-acre property will come complete with a garden oasis bar, green space, a resort-style swimming pool, and modern meeting spaces in addition to a destination spa and onsite restaurant.
Joe Pagone, White Lodging regional vice president, said: “The new Plaza San Antonio will be a place where guests and locals can really connect surrounded by lush greenery in the heart of the city.
“Our goal is to remain authentic to the location and celebrate community connection, which is why it felt like the right decision to incorporate ‘plaza’ back into the name.”
The Marriott brand currently encompasses over 260 independent hotels located across 44 countries and territories.
Autograph Collection’s expansion is particularly strong in the USA, with upcoming additions including the 184-key Autograph Collection Hotel – Tempe in Arizona; Huntsville Hotel, Autograph Collection, bringing 210 rooms online in Alabama in Q1 2024; and the 145-key Autograph Collection Hotel Jacksonville, arriving in Florida in Q3 2024.