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St. Anthony Hotel Celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of its Grand Reopening with an Eye Toward Shifting Needs of Guests

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — November 19th marks the fifth anniversary of the meticulous 30-month restoration and renovation to the hotel often called “the Queen of San Antonio,” The St. Anthony Hotel. The anniversary is not the only celebration of note for the historic property as Marriott International announced in late October that The St. Anthony Hotel was awarded the 2019 Marriott Hotel of the Year in the Distinctive Luxury category.

“Although 2020 is not the year any of us could have anticipated, we have found ways to address safety and the changing needs of our guests while retaining the distinctive customer service delivery embodied by the St. Anthony team,” noted Brandon Raney, CEO of BC Lynd Hospitality. “Our thoughtful restoration five years ago taught us that despite the current challenges, there are many things that remain important to our guests. We’ve worked to continue delivering exceptional service, infuse luxury in the customer experience, and embrace our history while meeting contemporary expectations. Each of these elements makes a difference now like never before.”

The St. Anthony Hotel’s grand reopening in 2015 did more than update and renovate a property that has been the center of upscale events and celebrations in the city for more than 110 years. The approach taken by owners Clyde Johnson and Brandon Raney focused on managing a delicate balance between grand luxury and contemporary tastes. This approach is evident throughout the hotel from the classic chandeliers and hundred-year-old Steinway to the clean lines of renovated suites and lounges with a modern flair.

Strolling through the hotel you will discover the designers and owners went through great lengths to maintain several historic elements of the property. Restored Venetian tile flooring dating back to 1910 alongside an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings; old-world textile design paired with contemporary color palettes; and even doors with no doorknobs integrated into the project as an elegant response to modern demands. Since the renovated and updated suites needed more spacious bathrooms, the required the number of rooms shifted – but the number of doors remained in order to maintain the character of each corridor. The sixth-floor outdoor infinity pool has a contemporary feel while the rooftop lounge preserves historic hand-painted tile.

In an effort to offer a level of support and accommodations to guests responsive to the current travel climate, The St. Anthony Hotel family has adapted and adjusted, much as it did during its renovation. Historically The St. Anthony Hotel has catered to generations of large weddings, sumptuous special events, and served as a stunning backdrop for celebrities and VIPs who have made their way into San Antonio. Today The St. Anthony Hotel is serving as a venue for a wide range of gatherings. Small, intimate weddings are now

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Americans shifting travel and commuting budgets to home repairs during pandemic

There’s no place like home in 2020 – and Americans who are spending more time in the house continue to invest in their living spaces during the pandemic.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020, according to a new State of Home Spending: 2020 report by HomeAdvisor, a marketplace that lets people find and vet home service professionals.

Home improvement spending amounted to an average of $8,305, while home maintenance spending totaled $3,192 and spending on at-home emergency projects like leaking pipes or flooding came to $1,640, the survey suggests. The average homeowner also upped their home projects to 11 this year, up from 8.1 in 2019 — a 23% increase.

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020. (iStock).

The average household spending on home services such as maintenance, landscaping and cleaning projects jumped to $13,138, up from $9,081 on average in 2020. (iStock).

The boom in home-buying this year is what seems to have spurred consumer spending on renovations and projects around the house, the survey suggests. And the top three most completed projects involved bathroom remodels, interior painting and installing new flooring.

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“A greater cultural focus on home design and home entertainment, an aging housing stock and a shortage of new home construction — among many other fundamental factors — were already resulting in more spending on home improvement, home maintenance, and home emergency repair, and also continued this year,”  said Mischa Fisher, chief economist at HomeAdvisor.

The top reason for home improvement spending was to make the home better suit lifestyle needs, according to 41% of all consumers surveyed. By contrast, in 2019, the No. 1 reason for home improvement was to replace or repair damages, defect or decay, suggesting that the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s lifestyle and spending habits. 

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“Those factors, combined with a shifting range of needs for households as a result of coping with COVID-19, such as 27% more outdoor living needs, 40% more home entertaining, 50% more working from home, and 70% more home cooking, resulted in a shift in spending patterns,” the report notes.

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The survey also found that more Americans were shifting their budgets from spending money on experiences such as dining out, trips or even commutes, to more tangible goods. Indeed, 33% shifted commuting budgets; 48% shifted vacation budgets, and 54% shifted restaurant budgets into home services, the report said. 

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