With a raving review on the website, Hotel Emma and its restaurats and bars made the critics "never want to leave the premises".
Hotel Emma is a historic re-development of the Pearl Brewhouse built along the San Antonio river, into a 150 room specialty boutique hotel. The projects consisted of approximately 87,000 square feet of renovation and restoration work inside the existing Brewhouse, continuously built from 1893 through the 1950’s. The Brewhouse is constructed of cast-in-place concrete frame with free standing multi-wythe brick interior/exterior common walls. In addition to restructuring the Brewhouse, there was 75,000 square feet in the form of a new seven–level tower built adjacent and connected to the old structures via corridors on each level. The new tower is cast-in-place post tensioned concrete structure with an integrated back of house basement and tunnel connecting to an existing site parking garage. Other special features included a roof top pool and terrace, open air courtyards, restoration and preservation for many of the existing manufacturing equipment as artistic pieces, exposed original structure and load bearing masonry walls.