Mokara Hotel & Spa Unveils Renovations, New Meetings Spaces with Local Flair

Upscale hotel gets a breath of fresh air while staying true to its heritage

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (Oct. 18, 2018) – Mokara Hotel & Spa’s newly renovated lobby and meetings spaces take inspiration from the luxury hotel’s rich history, celebrating it through new modern designs. Formerly the L. Frank Saddlery Building, the spirit of Mokara’s previous life can now be seen through a modern lens with fresh interiors and commissioned artwork.

The use of indigenous materials throughout, like leather sofas and cowhide throw pillows, along with custom touches like metal cap details on the restaurant banquettes, pay homage to the hotel’s 19th-century roots, with an elevated sense of luxury. New Axminster carpets feature sienna colors found in red clay and gold to mimic sunsets and creams that represent the limestone walls on the River Walk, tying the hotel to its natural surroundings. The small details, down to the rope, saddle and stirrup used in the custom carpets, bring the hotel’s former life into modern times.

Mokara is also pleased to announce the opening of the Tejas Boardroom, a new, 222 square-foot space for meetings inspired by the Spanish history of San Antonio. The room features rich, tall-back Spanish-inspired carved leather chairs gathered around a state-of-the-art conference table with power sources and connection to a new large screen television.
“All elements of the renovation connect the guest to the history of the L. Frank Saddlery building and surrounding landscape, transporting them back in time to when the Saddlery was in operation,” said Laura McKoy, creative director + vice president of interior design for Omni Hotels & Resorts.
Led by Sypult Rogers Studio, the interior design now showcases custom pieces, including new Axminster carpets, antiques and objects, many of which are native to Texas. Particularly unique and on display in the new ballroom is a custom-commissioned metal 3D sculpture of an open framed saddle, further strengthening the rich ties to the property.

“We hope that these freshened rooms and inviting spaces inspire every person who walks through our doors to reflect on the rich history found within our walls,” said Rusty Wallace, area managing director and general manager for the hotel.

Mokara Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel situated on the iconic San Antonio River Walk. To book a reservation, call (210) 396-5800 or visit


The Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio’s only Forbes Four-Star Hotel & Spa, is the companion property to the illustrious Omni La Mansión del Rio, both of which have been owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts since 2006. With its stunning views of the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Mokara blends a serene setting with relaxed sophistication to bring a guest experience where the exceptional is always included. In addition to the acclaimed 17,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the property features 99 elegantly appointed guest rooms and Ostra, an unrivaled seafood epicurean experience.

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