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Hotel Contessa Completes Property-Wide Renovation

SAN ANTONIO—The 265-room Hotel Contessa, located on the banks of the River Walk here, has completed an extensive, nine-month renovation program. 

The hotel opened in December 2005 and is owned by Hixon Properties and Silver Ventures. Benchmark Hospitality International operates Hotel Contessa as part of the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio. 

The refurbishment project included enhancements to Hotel Contessa’s 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, including the 2,277-sq.-ft. Contessa Ballroom and 10 conference rooms. 

New color palettes of subtle grays, Mediterranean blues, oranges with shades of ecru, maroon and olive all coincide in different patterns and styles throughout meeting rooms, adding a modern touch in keeping with the hotel’s Mediterranean-style architecture and ambiance, according to the hotel.

The refreshed meeting rooms and foyers received new carpeting, paint, artwork and lighting fixtures. Some meeting rooms feature hand-carved wood paneling or chair railings that highlight the new cream/ecru-colored walls. Existing features include complimentary WiFi, ergonomic chairs, glare-free lighting, soundproofing and conference tables with a non-reflective, hard writing surface. Many of Contessa’s breakout rooms feature scenic views or terraces framed by towering cypress and live oak trees that line the River Walk.

Each of Contessa’s 265 guestrooms were extensively renewed with new couches and chairs in both the bedroom and dining room, new floor lamps and lighting fixtures on the walls, window treatments, bed quilts, artwork, new coffee tables, dining room tables, dressers, TV stands, night stands and new desks. Additionally, all bathrooms received new tile and showers. Carpeting was also replaced in those suites that do not have hardwood floors.