Hotel Contessa in San Antonio
|November 17, 2005 - Over 150 of San Antonio's most prominent business
and civic leaders--including representatives from the San Antonio Area
Tourism Council and San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau-- gathered
for the dedication and a private preview of the city's newest landmark
property, Hotel Contessa, on Monday morning, November 14, 2005. A
riverfront ceremony included speakers Dave Lagarce, Hotel Contessa General
Manager; Jack Spector, President/Director of Hixon Properties Inc.; Roger
Flores, San Antonio City Councilman; plus former two-term Mayor, Judge
Nelson Wolff. Councilman Flores and Judge Wolff praised the property as
a dynamic addition to the city's downtown core and a symbol of the area's
continued urban renaissance.
After the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to sample light bites from the highly-anticipated Las Ramblas restaurant and adjacent Cork Bar while touring San Antonio's first Personal Luxury Hotel from Benchmark Hospitality, including a selection of the hotel's 265 luxurious guest suites with separate living/work and bedroom areas, rooftop pool and fitness center and 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities.
Later that morning, Benchmark Hospitality CEO, Burt Cabanas, welcomed the property's first paying guests. The 240,000-square-foot, 12-story hotel was completed in approximately 18 months and is located on a tranquil stretch of San Antonio's famed Riverwalk at 306 W. Market. A full-service rooftop spa is scheduled to debut in Spring 2006.
|Also See:||In San Antonio, The Benchmark Managed Hotel Contessa the Only Luxury Hotel Scheduled to Open in 2005 / August 2005|
|Benchmark Appointed Operator of the 265 room Hotel Contessa, San Antonio; Appoints David G. Lagarce General Manager / November 2004|