San Antonio hotel named second best in US by TripAdvisor

Hotel Emma at the Pearl came in at No. 2 on the list

GMSA producer Roslyn Jimenez looks into the history of Hotel Emma in this week's edition of History Untold.

SAN ANTONIO – TripAdvisor recently released its Travelers’ Choice 2023 list of favorite destinations, hotels, restaurants, and things to do around the world and a San Antonio hotel took second place for best hotels in the U.S.

Hotel Emma at the Pearl came in at No. 2 on the list.

“These accolades are a testament to the incredible experience and hospitality that guests enjoy at Hotel Emma, demonstrated by thousands upon thousands of glowing and well-deserved reviews,” said Mesha Millsap, CEO of Pearl. “Since its inception, Hotel Emma has served as a crown jewel of Pearl, a place where people gather. We could not be happier for our five-diamond luxury hotel partner as they receive such apropos recognition.”

Travelers said they most loved the pool, the spa and the fact that the hotel is family-friendly with activities nearby for children.

“Each winner has passed our rigorous trust and safety standards. Fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best, signifying the highest level of excellence in hospitality,” according to the travel site.

Two other Texas hotels made the list, including The Lancaster and Hotel ZaZa Memorial City, which are both located in the Houston area.

The Hotel Emma building was originally part of the Pearl Brewhouse, which was built in 1894.

According to the hotel’s website, the brewery eventually shut down in 2001 before it was purchased a year later and renovated by Silver Ventures.

See before and after photos of the building where the hotel is located:

TripAdvisor isn’t the only best-of list Hotel Emma has made in recent months.

Several San Antonio area hotels were recognized by the U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s 2023 Best Hotels Awards, which was released in March. Hotel Emma and The Thompson both made the list of best hotels.

Editor’s note: The video attached to this article is from a previous report.

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.