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 San Antonio Landmark The Emily Morgan Hotel
Opened by Westmont Hospitality Group and
General Manager H.L. "Scooter" Yates Jr. 
SAN ANTONIO - Aug. 2, 2002 - The Emily Morgan Hotel, one of the country's foremost "lifestyle" hotels, officially re-opened with a lavish, gold-themed party following an extensive multi-million-dollar interior renovation. 
And just in time for the festivities, the Texas landmark was designated as a "style" hotel by Utell, the prestigious hotel representation firm, making it the only property of its class in the state of Texas.
Owners Westmont Hospitality Group and General Manager H.L. "Scooter" Yates Jr. welcomed more than 600 guests to "Emily's Golden Night," where they enjoyed a "Midas Touch" of sights, sounds and tastes. 
Among the touches were "freeze" models adorned in gold paint from head to toe and sporting custom-made golden bikinis, gold lame curtains and bunting, exotic floral arrangements in huge golden urns, live music, romantic vignettes staged by professional models in several rooms and at poolside, and fine cuisine and cocktails from the Emily Morgan's new restaurant, ORO -- created by cb5 Restaurant Management Group of Greenwich, Conn.
Gothic Yet Modern

The 14-story, 177-room hotel, next door to San Antonio's most famous landmark, the Alamo, unveiled a completely transformed interior as decidedly "urban chic" as its exterior is Gothic Revival from the 1920s. This contrast of textures and appearance is a reflection of this city's love affair with its past and its dreams for the future.

"It's a totally new hotel inside," Yates said. "We've kept what's best about 

H.L. "Scooter" Yates Jr., general manager of the Emily Morgan Hotel, gets the "gold treatment" at his party to celebrate the grand re-opening of the hotel after a multi-million-dollar renovation. This golden "freeze" model was part of the fun of "Emily's Golden Night," hosted by Yates and Westmont Hospitality Group, which featured exotic golden decorations and flowers, live music, a lavish buffet, golden martinis and romantic vignettes staged by professional models in various rooms of the hotel.
Emily and enhanced the rest. We have created an experience that is the personification of a mysterious Texas legend.  This will be the destination of choice for travelers who want a unique and very personal San Antonio experience."

Utell's "style" designation is by invitation only and reserved for "exclusive and individually designed hotels and historic properties that offer guests a unique hotel environment, each with a character of its own."

That character includes a totally re-done lobby, from the glistening polished stone floors to the coarse composition of the Texas limestone walls. A double-sided fireplace is built into the limestone wall above the majestic main staircase. Throughout the lobby, dark mahogany and burnished brass frame contemporary furnishings in shades of tan and taupe are true to the building's history and at the same time comfortable and inviting.
Many of the Emily Morgan's rooms and suites feature feather-top beds and spectacular views of the Alamo and the San Antonio skyline. Contemporary amenities include two-line speakerphones with data ports, work desks, sitting areas and in-room refreshment centers. There is a fitness center with heated pool and spa on the hotel's second floor. And as a special touch, all guest rooms receive a complimentary copy of the daily New York Times -- and fresh Starbucks coffee each morning.
The hotel offers more than 2,500 square feet of renovated meeting room space with high-speed Internet access. It also offers catering services and audio/visual equipment.
With its grand re-opening, the Emily Morgan Hotel publicly unveiled its new, upscale restaurant, ORO, conceived by the famed cb5 Restaurant Management Group of Greenwich, Conn., noted for critically acclaimed dining concepts across the country. 
A menu of modern Italian cuisine is presented in a setting of understated elegance of soft lighting, secluded tables in dark woods, and high-backed chairs and banquettes upholstered in a deep orange-gold fabric. Tall windows look out at the gardens of the Alamo, just a few steps away. ORO's centerpiece -- a large, square bar topped entirely by imported Mexican onyx, and underlit to exude a warm golden glow -- already is attracting locals and visitors alike with its relaxing aura and signature cocktail, the "Oro-tini."

 Emily Morgan Hotel
San Antonio
Ken Slavin
210/930-2315, ext. 143

Also See: The $4 million Makeover of the Emily Morgan Hotel in Downtown San Antonio Includes Repostioning as an Independent Hotel / April 2002
San Antonio Report / 2002 National Lodging Forecast / Ernst & Young LLP / Feb 2002

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