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Hodges Ward Elliott Represents Owner in Sale of Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hodges Ward Elliott (“HWE”), the premier boutique real estate capital markets advisor, arranged the sale of Hotel Contessa, a 265-key, all-suite luxury hotel asset located at 306 West Market Street in San Antonio, Texas.

An HWE team composed of John Bourret, Managing Director, Austin Brooks, Director, and David Auer, Associate, represented ownership in the sale. Lawrence Britvan and Pete Fehlman, both Managing Directors with HWE, advised the buyer on the financing structure for the acquisition as well.

“This was a rare opportunity to acquire an ideally located, all-suite, Riverwalk hotel with a consistent history of strong and efficient performance,” said John Bourret from Hodges Ward Elliott. “Hotel Contessa is also currently operating independently of any hospitality brand which offers the new owner additional flexibility in future branding and operations. HWE generated a number of offers on the asset from a variety of buyers and we’re pleased to announce the close of the sale.”  

Built in 2005, the 12-story Hotel Contessa boasts a premier location directly on San Antonio’s highly sought-after Riverwalk and is centrally positioned near the area’s strongest demand drivers including The Alamo, San Antonio’s Central Business District, and many of the region’s other top cultural destinations.

Hotel Contessa also offers 10,000 square feet of function space, a rooftop pool, a full-service restaurant/bar with Riverwalk views and access as well as a full-service spa.

About Hodges Ward Elliott:
Hodges Ward Elliott (“HWE”) is the premier boutique real estate capital markets advisor, empowered to deliver exceptional results across a broad spectrum of business lines and product types. HWE’s multi-disciplined platform includes commercial, hotel and debt capital markets teams, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington D.C., and London. As a privately held company, HWE is dedicated to cultivating long-term client relationships and takes pride in the reputation and track record established over its 45-year history. HWE has closed over $70 billion of transactions, including more than $26 billion over the past 5 years. For more information, please visit https://hodgeswardelliott.com/.

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San Antonio Parks and Recreation art lesson teaches kids how to make a mandala

It’s said that coloring mandalas — circular and symmetrical geometric designs — brings feelings of peace and relaxation.

Here is a mandala making lesson adapted from a San Antonio Parks and Recreation quick craft video taught by educator David Jimenez.

— Ingrid Wilgen

What you need

Paper, a pen, scissors, markers for coloring, and templates for tracing circles — a paper plate or bowl for a big circle, for example, and a roll of masking tape for the smaller circle.

What to do:

Using large plate or bowl as a guide, trace a circle on a piece of paper and then cut it out.

After cutting out the circle, make folds to create symmetrical lines running from the center to the edge, similar to pie slices.

First, fold the circle in half, then fold it in half again. Fold in half one more time. Because the paper will be thick, you can do it in two steps: Pick up the free corner and fold that section first, making sure the flat edges line up; then flip the paper over and complete the fold on the other side.

Unfold the paper back into a circle; it should look like a pizza cut into eight equal slices.

Place the roll of tape on the center of the paper circle. Using a pencil or marker, make dots on each creased line using the inner circle of the tape as a guide. Now it’s time to doodle.

Draw any design you like, but make sure that the same design is in each pie slice, like a mirror image.

Once the mandala design is complete, add some color.

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New San Antonio luxury hotel to open in January; it’s the city’s first in more than five years

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Hotel Thompson San Antonio — the first new luxury hotel in the city in more than five years — is scheduled to open downtown on Jan. 27.

The 20-story hotel on the River Walk, near the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, will feature 162 rooms and 33 suites, and charge some of the highest room rates in San Antonio.

The city’s hospitality industry likely will still be struggling when Hotel Thompson open its doors. Many business travelers are staying home, and San Antonio’s convention business is nearly at a standstill.

One of 162 guest rooms. Interior designs include wood and rustic metal accents unique to the San Antonio property. Early preview of the Thompson San Antonio hotel, a Hyatt property, in the heart of downtown San Antonio on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

Nevertheless, visitors are trickling back, though mostly on the weekends.

Hotel Thompson originally was scheduled to open in late October or early this month, but its owners decided early next year would be a better time to launch.

“We decided to push it back a little obviously because of the pandemic,” said Ted Knighton, the hotel’s general manager. “But we’re ready to introduce it now.”

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Knighton said a standard room will go for $300 a night during the week and $400 on the weekends. Rates jump to $2,500 a night for the hotel’s 2,100-sq.-ft. penthouse suite, with two bedrooms, a dining area, a living room with a pool table and a private terrace.

Exterior view of the Thompson Hotel as seen from the Tobin Center. Early preview of the Thompson San Antonio hotel, a Hyatt property, in the heart of downtown San Antonio on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

Among San Antonio hotels in the downtown area, only Hotel Emma at the Pearl generally charges higher rates. The hotel’s website lists a standard room for $475 a night on Wednesday, Jan. 27, the day Hotel Thompson is scheduled to open.

Hotel Emma opened in November 2015.

The Thompson chain, part of the Hyatt Corp., is aiming for excitement, with “celebrity chefs” — Knighton said the hotel will identify them at a later date — anchoring its restaurants, art exhibits and disk jockeys playing music poolside.

The cavernous meeting room. Early preview of the Thompson San Antonio hotel, a Hyatt property, in the heart of downtown San Antonio on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

“There really is not a hotel in San Antonio that will have the nightlife scene like we will have,” Knighton said.

The $130 million building housing the hotel also includes 59 condominiums, called the Arts Residences at Thompson San Antonio.

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Residents of the condos, which priced from the low $500,000s to more than $4 million, will share the pool deck and workout room with hotel guests. They’ll also have access to hotel services, such as 24-hour room service.

Condo owners started moving in last week. Fifty-two of the 59 units are sold.

The Hotel Thompson provides a view of the San Antonio skyline.

Amid the COVID-19 downturn, which has forced most hotels to cut workers, Knighton said one factor in Hotel Thompson’s favor is the limited number of luxury properties in San Antonio.

“San Antonio is different,” the general manager said. “It doesn’t have a surplus of luxury products.”

He said guests in the luxury market are traveling sooner than expected. The hotel,

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Kids can make gnome homes from recycled materials following this lesson from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Departement

Here is a fun way to create a fairy tale world filled with castles and gnome homes built from recyclables. This project is adapted from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s “Quick Crafts Cardboard Castles and Gnome Homes” lesson taught by educator David Jimenez in a video on the City of San Antonio YouTube channel.

Ingrid Wilgen

What you need

Hot glue, tape, white glue, scissors, construction paper, cardboard scraps, markers, pencils, cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel or wrapping npaper rolls, recycled disposable cups, bowls and plates.

What to do

First, play around with the recycled materials, stacking bowls on cups or cups on tubes, to discover shapes that will work for your gnome home and castle construction. Let your imagination soar by combining materials to create new shapes.

A small disposable bowl glued to the top of a paper cup, for example, becomes a mushroom-shaped gnome home.

You also can create cones from construction paper to make a pointed roof for a toilet paper tube tower.

Place a a small bowl with the rim facing down onto a piece of construction paper and trace a circle around the bowl with a pencil. Once done, cut the shape out. Try making circles with different diameters, using bowls and cups of various sizes.

Using a ruler, draw a line across the center of the paper circle. Measure the length of the line. Divide the resulting number by two. Using a pencil, mark the halfway point determined by your calculation with a dot. Cut along the line, stopping at the dot.

Next, overlap the cut edges of the circle to form a cone shape. Use glue or tape to secure the shape. Place the cone on top of a disposable cup or cardboard toilet paper tube to create a gnome home.

Now it’s time to create a castle. You’ll need cardboard and cardboard tubes to make the walls — make sure that the tubes are taller than the cardboard you are using to make the walls.

Cut four rectangular walls of equal height out of cardboard (walls opposite each other should be the same length, too.) Castle walls often have a pattern of rectangular notches across the top, where archers can fire their arrows; add those, too, if you want.

You can join the walls using four paper towel tubes. Starting at the bottom, cut two slits in each tube 90 degrees apart that are the same length as the castle walls’ height.

Using four paper towel rolls, cut a single slit from the bottom to the top of each roll up to the castle walls’ height. Slide the tubes onto the castles’ four corners using the slits you cut.

Make as many structures as you want to complete your vision. Using hot glue is the fastest way to see your creation come to life, but if you don’t mind the drying time, white glue also gets the job done. When the glue is dry, use markers to decorate your

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San Antonio Vacation Packages featuring Deals for Hotels near SeaWorld, Hotels on the Riverwalk, Discounted Seaworld and Six Flags Tickets, and other San Antonio Attractions


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