The St. Anthony Hotel was opened in 1909 by three ambitious cattlemen – B.L. Naylor, F.M. Swearingen and A.H. Jones. The men believed that San Antonio was destined to become a vibrant tourist destination, and history soon proved them right.
It didn’t take long for visitors to discover St. Anthony. Not only was it the first luxury hotel in the city, but in the early days it was also the only inn with air-conditioning, a drive-up registration desk and sophisticated automatic doors and lights. In fact, St. Anthony was so technologically savvy that it was considered among the world’s most modern hotels.By 1915, the hotel charged guests $1.50 per night, and booming revenues allowed the owners to double capacity to 430 guestrooms.It was only a matter of time before American icons began visiting St. Anthony. Eleanor Roosevelt, President Eisenhower, General Douglas McArthur, Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco have all enjoyed drinks in The Hotels "Peacock Alley".The hotel has welcomed “Golden Era” Hollywood stars, such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire, Betty Hutton and Greer Garson. Personalities like John Wayne, Gregory Peck and Rock Hudson have also dined in our St. Anthony Club. The celebrity tradition still continues today with modern stars like Arnold Schwartzenegger, Maria Shriver, Patrick Swayze, George Clooney, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Matthew McConaughey. So many have chosen the luxurious getaway in the heart of San Antonio.
The Texas politician Robert L. Bobbitt lived in the St. Anthony for the last year of his life prior to his death in 1972.
In 2012, the hotel was selected to be the site for the "Arena Football University", an event where AFL teams can meet with vendors and league officials to discuss the upcoming season.
Famous quotes containing the words hotel, saint and/or anthony:
“Consider his life which was valueless
In terms of employment, hotel ledgers, news files.
Consider. One bullet in ten thousand kills a man.
Ask. Was so much expenditure justified
On the death of one so young and so silly
Lying under the olive tree, O world, O death?”
—Stephen Spender (19091995)
“A few hours mountain climbing turns a rogue and a saint into two roughly equal creatures. Weariness is the shortest path to equality and fraternityand liberty is finally added by sleep.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“White men have always controlled their wives wages. Colored men were not able to do so until they themselves became free. Then they owned both their wives and their wages.”
—Susan B. Anthony (18201906)