SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 14, 2023) - Zachry Hospitality is pleased to announce it officially broke ground on the highly anticipated Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in downtown San Antonio. The new 200-room, 17-story boutique hotel located at Hemisfair has officially been named The Monarch San Antonio. The Monarch is set to open in early 2026.
Named for the Monarch butterfly that migrates through the San Antonio region each winter, the hotel is designed to be a convergence point for visitors and locals alike, drawing people together through enlivened interiors that reflect the journey of the butterfly. The hotel will welcome guests into Hemisfair with open spaces to gather, retail spaces, numerous food and beverage concepts and more. Sustainable design elements can be found in the native stone, lush vegetation and water features integrated throughout the design, reflecting the natural elements created by the Balcones Escarpment that runs through the region.
“We are extremely excited to begin building this project on the edge of Civic Park, a one-of-a-kind destination in our downtown,” said Zachry Corporation CEO and President David Zachry. “In 1968, my grandfather built a hotel across the street from our site; with planning and creativity, the Palacio del Rio hotel was built in just 202 working days. With our new project, the same attention to the details has been at the forefront of what our team is about to begin constructing. We are working with our architects, designers, and contractor to develop a unique destination in an urban setting, overlooking a beautiful new downtown oasis in San Antonio. We look forward to opening our project in early 2026 to share our vision of luxury and style, creating memorable experiences in one of the newest settings within our historic downtown area.”
In addition to luxury guest rooms, the hotel will feature a modern full-service spa, a terrace pool, five food and beverage concepts with indoor and outdoor service, including a rooftop restaurant and bar and a basement speakeasy, as well as a garden area, fitness center and approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The curved tower is oriented to provide guests with panoramic views of the park to the east and city views overlooking the River Walk, La Villita, the Tower of the Americas and the coming entry to the Alamo and museum.
“The Monarch San Antonio will mark the exciting debut of Curio Collection by Hilton in this historically rich city, and we look forward to seeing it come to life in partnership with Zachry Hospitality,” said Jenna Hackett, brand leader, Curio Collection by Hilton. “With its remarkable narrative and distinct design, The Monarch San Antonio will offer a bespoke experience that nods to the neighborhood and immerse guests in one-of-a-kind moments.”
The Monarch will sit on approximately 1.5 acres of land across the street from the famous Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel that was built in record-breaking time by Zachry in time for the World’s Fair in 1968. As was the case with the Hilton Palacio del Rio, Zachry will both own and operate The Monarch. San Antonio-based architecture firm Overland Partners was brought in to help design the hotel and The Gettys Group was tasked with the interior design and branding of the hotel. Zachry has engaged Whiting Turner Construction as the general contractor.
"Today, we stand amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Hemisfair to celebrate not only the construction of a remarkable building, but the realization of a dream to blend the rich history, native ecology and vibrant culture of San Antonio with innovative, sustainable design,” said Overland Project Principal Michael Monceaux, AIA. “The new Monarch Hotel is designed to connect guests to each other, to the park and to the surrounding community, embracing the true essence and hospitality of this great city to create lasting memories."
The Monarch will be located at 222 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, at the intersection of South Alamo and Market streets in downtown San Antonio, within walking distance to the convention center, Hemisfair, the Alamo, La Villita, the River Walk and numerous other San Antonio attractions.
“We could not be more excited for Zachry Hospitality to break ground on the newest addition to the Hemisfair District,” said Hemisfair CEO Andres Andujar. “This hotel clearly delivers on the benefits of a mixed-use district, and also delivers on the expectation of a beautiful addition to the San Antonio skyline. Our sincere congratulations to Zachry Hospitality on this important milestone.”
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ABOUT ZACHRY HOSPITALITY:
As an affiliate within the Zachry family of companies, San Antonio-based Zachry Hospitality is rooted in nearly 100 years of family values and service. A proven leader in the development, management, and ownership of hotel and hospitality properties, Zachry Hospitality has a reputation of excellence for our commitment to creating extraordinary guest experiences and lasting memories tailored to the specific needs of our guests. We are a company of dreamers and builders, and in the business of turning dreams into reality. For more information, visit www.zachryhospitality.com.
ABOUT CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON:
Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 145 individually remarkable hotels hand-picked to immerse guests in one-of-a-kind moments in the world’s most sought-after destinations. Each hotel in the Curio Collection evokes a bespoke story through distinctive architecture and design, world-class food & beverage and curated experiences, while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Experience Curio Collection by Hilton by booking at curiocollection.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Curio Collection by Hilton at stories.hilton.com/curio, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC) was created by City Council in 2009 to redevelop the former site of the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio, Texas. HPARC is dedicated to the transformation of Hemisfair into a sustainable, self-funded urban district with residences, local businesses, unique programming and three parks—Yanaguana Garden, Civic Park (Phase II) and Tower Park (Phase III). Hemisfair is where San Antonio meets: it is a vibrant gathering place for a day with friends and the city’s biggest celebrations. HPARC is a 501(c)3 local government corporation, supported in part by the Hemisfair Conservancy, an independent 501(c)3. For more information, visit hemisfair.org and follow @hemisfair.
ABOUT OVERLAND PARTNERS:
Overland Partners delivers dynamic, comprehensive design services in architecture, master planning, and urban design throughout the world. With offices in Dallas and San Antonio, Overland’s notable spirit of collaboration brings their clients’ wisdom to center stage, integrating technology, art, and craft to create world-class, innovative, and sustainable solutions for highly complex projects. For more information, visit www.overlandpartners.com.