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White Lodging and Marriott’s Autograph Collection announced today that they will completely transform an existing 251-room property into The Otis Hotel San Antonio, Autograph Collection. Drawing from the city’s culture and the property’s rich history, The Otis Hotel will be the choice for easygoing luxury in the Alamo City.

The Otis Hotel is San Antonio’s first Autograph Collection property, which is Marriott International’s global collection of more than 180 inspiring distinctive hotels around the world, that are Exactly Like Nothing Else. The Otis Hotel San Antonio is the second of its namesake, with the first opening in Austin in late February next to the University of Texas.

White Lodging and REI Real Estate Services acquired the property in August 2019 and committed to renovating the hotel. The existing downtown hotel is expected to close in August 2020 to undergo a complete renovation, which will include the exterior, porte cochere, resort pool, lobby, meeting rooms and all guest rooms. In addition, a destination spa and new restaurant and bar will be added.

The companies are also exploring the development of additional hotels on the six-acre site, including a new boutique hotel featuring 290 rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, and new restaurant.

“This area is uniquely situated and bridges the rich history and revitalization of this area of San Antonio,” said Terry Dammeyer, White Lodging’s president and CEO of Investments and Development. “Guests are close to everything and can discover some of San Antonio’s authentic hidden treasures off the River Walk, including the Southtown Arts District, Hemisfair Park, the King Williams District and the La Villita Historic Arts Village.”

The Otis Hotel San Antonio

Guests will be inspired by The Otis Hotel’s luxurious contemporary design, which is perfectly juxtaposed with the property’s historic grounds and urban, oasis-like setting.

Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel welcomed with a transformed space that brings new energy and experiences. The porte cochere and lobby highlights the use of natural materials throughout to provide an authentic and contemporary San Antonio experience. The modern lobby boasts a new bar and lounge seating where guests get the opportunity to connect and recharge.

Each oversized guestroom measures more than 360 square feet, and those facing the landscaped courtyard take advantage of the natural light and views with a bed, desk and soft seating situated directly in the center of the room. Most rooms feature a sliding glass door and a private balcony or terrace.

Two of the property’s on-site historic 19th century buildings will be repurposed from meeting and event space into a new day spa. The third historic bungalow will be used as a one-of-a-kind bridal suite. The historical and architectural significance of the bungalow exteriors and paver walkways guiding you through the gardens will be retained as part of the renovation. The pool area will be reimagined with an outdoor bar and semi-private cabanas.

In addition to the nearly 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, additional outdoor event areas will be situated among the urban oasis – perfect for weddings, cocktail receptions and business events.

White Lodging, established in 1985, has evolved into one of the country’s largest privately held hospitality companies focused exclusively on highly curated urban and lifestyle properties. The company develops, owns and manages a portfolio of brands in destination-driven markets, including Austin, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Indianapolis, and Louisville. With a focus on elevated and experiential service, White Lodging’s portfolio consists of more than 50 premium hotels; a private collection of world-renowned luxury ranches; 40 locally relevant, award-winning restaurants; and 10 market-leading rooftop bars. White Lodging focuses on hiring and developing hospitalitarians that are committed to exceptional service and fostering meaningful connections. White Lodging is the second highest in the 2021 J.D. Power Guest Satisfaction Benchmark for third-party management companies, and has been near the top since the first benchmark was published. For more information about White Lodging, visit www.whitelodging.com or follow the company on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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