Snap of the Day

The roots of the Sheraton Gunter Hotel date back to the first year of the Republic of Texas and hold a prominent place in the state’s history.

In 1837, just one year after the fall of the Alamo, the Frontier Inn lit its kerosene lamps and opened its doors on the corner of what was then El Rincon and El Paseo streets. It enjoyed the best location in the center of the bustling town, and quickly became a favorite among the waves of new settlers surging in from the East.

The Frontier changed hands twice before becoming The Gunter Hotel at the turn of the century, when this intersection had become a vital part of San Antonio’s business center. It was then that Jot Gunter and a group of investors had decided that the state’s most progressive city needed a palatial new hotel. So they purchased the property and added six new stories in steel, concrete and buff brick, making it the largest building ever in San Antonio. The official opening was November 20, 1909.

In 1912, in a wise promotional ploy, the owners of The Gunter invited the National Association of Advertising Men to stay for free and enjoy the new hotel. They immediately coined the phrase, “The Gunter Hotel, at the Center of Everything.” Today, with the remarkable growth and changes taking place along Houston Street, this close-to-100-year-old slogan is more accurate than ever.

Through the last century The Gunter has played host to movie stars and military generals, circus performers and society’s elite. In 2007 it was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places, forever enshrining its place in the annals of San Antonio history.

Most guests will never forget their visit to this grand old landmark. Indeed, some say a ghost still roams The Gunter, forever seeking a room for the night. But that is a story for another day. {Source: Gunter Hotel Online}

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