Plus, a new garden essentials class.
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🏗️ Swanky hotel inbound
Monarch Hotel
The Monarch Hotel will be situated inside Civic Park, next to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.|Render courtesy of Overland Partners
Wake up and smell the roses y’all, a new hotel is finally on its way to Hemisfair. Zachry Hospitality unveiled the moniker of its new 200-room hotel, let us introduce you to the Monarch San Antonio.

Inside the hotel

Project leaders of the new 17-story building described the building as giving Civic Park an abrazo (Spanish for hug) because of its curvature design.

The Monarch San Antonio will sit on 1.5 acres near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at 222 S. Alamo Street, and is a product of the partnership between Zachry Hospitality + Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The hotel will also join the hotel mogul’s Curio Collection.

Here are a few details about the hotel:
  • 180 guest rooms, including 14 suites
  • Terrace pool
  • Rooftop restaurant + bar
  • Full service spa
  • 10,000 sqft of event + meeting space
Check out the full list of amenities.

Monarch San Antonio

Monarch San Antonio will have 200 rooms.


Render by Overland Partners

Fun fact: The grandfather of the Zachry Hospitality CEO + President, David Zachry, built the Palacio del Rio located across the street.

What’s in the name?

The hotel name was inspired by the Monarch butterfly that migrates through San Antonio every fall. The Monarch San Antonio’s location will have the best of everything the Alamo City has to offer, like Civic Park, the River Walk, the Alamo, and La Villita — the hotel is anticipated to become one of the city’s cultural hubs for locals and visitors alike.

The Monarch San Antonio is set to open in early 2026.
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Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Metalachi | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Paper Tiger, 2410 N. Saint Mary’s St., San Antonio | $13 | Rock out with this mariachi-loving metal band from Los Angeles.
  • Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Tech Port Center, 3331 General Hudnell Dr., San Antonio | Free | Test your knowledge with seven rounds of audio, visual + live-hosted trivia with prizes.
  • Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Savory | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-11 p.m. | Blue Star Arts Complex, 115 Blue Star, San Antonio | Free | Check out this group art exhibition curated by Vikky Jones.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Rotary Ice Rink Ribbon Cutting | Friday, Nov. 17 | 4:30-10 p.m. | Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St., San Antonio | $16.79 | Join the Rotary Club for a grand opening celebration followed by ice skating.
  • Warehouse Diner Art Show Vol. 2 | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6 p.m. | The Warehouse Diner, 125 W. Grayson St., San Antonio | Free | Browse works of art by seven local artists and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres + wine available for purchase.
  • Polar Express Viewing Party | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Tower of the Americas, 739 E César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio | $0-$21.50 | Kick off your holiday season with a screening of this Christmas movie with hot cocoa + popcorn, a pajama contest, and a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
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News Notes
Plan Ahead
  • Speaking of Hemisfair. The organization is hosting Holiday in the Garden at the Yanaguana Garden on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. This cultural event allows the opportunity to celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, and Hannukah together. Check out the itinerary.
  • The San Antonio International Airport ranked No. 2 (we’re coming for first place next year SJtoday) on the Wall Street Journal’s “Best Midsize US Airports 2023.” Out of 50 airports, we ranked the highest in reliability in the state of Texas.
  • Actor, comedian, and TV host Hasan Minhaj is bringing his “Off With His Head” tour to the Majestic Theatre on April 4, 2024. Ticket pre-sale starts today at 10 a.m., use code “HASAN” to get early access and secure your seat.
  • It’s thyme to garden. The San Antonio River Authority is hosting its next Gardening Essentials class at the San Antonio Garden Center on Monday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free — a $5 donation is suggested — and open to the public for all gardening skill levels.
  • The Faust Hotel in New Braunfels is closing for a $1 million renovation, but not without one last party on Saturday, Nov. 18. The free celebration will take place on its Magnolia Patio from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Renovations are slated to complete in April 2024.
  • The Camera Exchange is hosting its bi-annual sale beginning tomorrow through Sunday, Nov. 19. The Fall Expo includes free gift cards, giveaways, classes, and deals to level up your photography journey. The first 50 customers on Friday + Saturday will receive a goodie bag with $100 worth of merch.
Who’s ready for a Spurs party?
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Frost Plaza at the Victory Capital Center. |Rendering courtesy of Spurs Sports and Entertainment
After getting rained out last weekend, the San Antonio Spurs have rescheduled its fan fest and watch party for Friday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. The free event is open to the public and celebrates the opening of the new Frost Plaza located at the Rock at La Cantera (1 Spurs Way).

Frost Plaza is a 27,000-sqft outdoor event space that has overhead shade and vendor spaces, and is the latest addition to the complex.

Here’s what fans can expect:
  • Happy hour food + drink specials starting at 4 p.m.
  • Music
  • Games
  • 360 degree photobooth
  • Face painting
  • Giveaways + raffles
  • Balloon artists
Don’t miss: Stay for the watch party as the Silver and Black take on the Golden State Warriors. Fans can watch on a 40-foot screen starting at 9 p.m. Need more info? Text PLAZA to 210-444-5050 for complete party details.
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