Earlier this month, I stepped into the Thompson San Antonio, pausing as my eyes adjusted to the dimly lit lobby. Mariana Valero of the Guadalajara-based design firm, Amass & G, echoed the exterior’s brutalist influences throughout the space. Overhead, gilded light fixtures glowed against the slate gray interiors and a striking staircase with orange leather handrails commanded my attention.
Inside my Studio Suite, sunlight flooded in through a curved, floor-to-ceiling glass window overlooking the city and surrounding the surrounding Hill Country. My senses eased as I took in the plush bed with crisp linens, the sitting area with its warm mix of mid-century modern-inspired furnishings, and the fully stocked wet bar. In the bathroom, I saw luxe D.S. & Durga amenities set out on the vanity and knew I was in for a night of comfort.
Throughout the 162 guest rooms and 33 suites at Thompson San Antonio, a masculine, edgy and eclectic energy pervades, with wide-plank wood floors and cabinetry layered with leather furnishings, cow hide rugs and dark paint colors offset by wide windows. Every floor has a refreshment station with sparkling and still water, fresh fruit, and newspapers.
After dropping off my luggage, I headed downstairs to the Thompson Spa for my first Hydrafacial, a four-step treatment that leaves the skin luminous and hydrated. The property’s full-service spa features five treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, and relaxation areas—not to mention a beauty salon with manicure and pedicure stations complete with copper soaking tubs. “We’re a very intimate spa,” said Amy Burcham, the hotel’s director of spa and wellness. She shared that their “Sanctuary with a Secret” concept is expected to set the tone for all future Thompson Spas. Before leaving, I peeked inside the prized couple’s treatment room with its vast views of the San Antonio River and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
Thoroughly relaxed, I returned to my room and dressed for a memorable dining experience at Landrace, the landmark restaurant helmed by James Beard Award finalist Steve McHugh. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the restaurant celebrates regional Texas ingredients along with farmers and growers close to home. The cocktail menu is full of swanky concoctions with libations like Phoenix Rising, Liquid Silk, and Sink and Smoke. I sipped on one called Pequin Your Interest– a cross between a paloma and a margarita – while marveling at the view from my riverside perch. Over the evening, a feast of grilled snapper crudo, BBQ oysters and savory chicory Caesar salad arrived at my table, followed by lamb sirloin, filet mignon and wood-grilled broccoli rabe.
In addition to Landrace, the hotel has other foodservice offerings, like at its Cenote Pool Deck (exclusive for hotel guests and residents of The Art’s condominiums), where the menu is complemented by a lively bar, private cabanas, and dedicated VIP service. The Moon’s Daughters will also be opening on the 20th floor in just a few weeks. This highly anticipated rooftop restaurant and sky bar boasts Mediterranean-style cuisine with live music and event programming inspired by the lunar cycle, along with an unmatched view of the city skyline.
As the sun set over San Antonio, I took in the views from the sprawling rooftop terrace. Though I was born and raised here, the Thompson transports the senses, making locals and visitors alike feel far away—and yet somehow right at home in this fast-changing, vibrant city on the rise.
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