The boutique hotel will be a Curio Collection by Hilton
The hotel is projected to open in early 2026
SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 15, 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.”