Sheraton Gunter Hotel San Antonio


205 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX, 78205, United States   •  Weather:   

Local Time Phone (210) 227-3241 Hotel Reservations 888-627-9001


History of Sheraton Gunter Hotel

Steeped in the rich traditions of San Antonio, The Gunter Hotel has remained not only a prominent downtown fixture but a part of the city's unique heritage, as well.

1837 History

Just one year after the battle and fall of the Alamo, the Frontier Inn lit its kerosene lamps and opened its doors to the waves of new settlers surging in from the East. The Inn had the best location in the center of a bustling town that sprawled comfortably along the banks of the winding San Antonio River.

1851 History

In 1851, the Vance brothers purchased the Frontier Hotel for $500 and replaced the hotel with a two-story building that the Army could lease to house troops stationed in San Antonio. The facility continued to serve as a military headquarters until 1872 when the building was returned to the Vances.


1872 History

The first railroad arrived in San Antonio in 1877 and increased business 100 percent. Now known as the Vance Hotel, guests could be taken by horse-car from the train depot to the hotel for five cents. Once there, they would relax in first-class accommodations for $2 per day.

1886 History

Having arrived in San Antonio from Germany only four years earlier, Ludwig Mahncke and Lesher A. Trexler took over the Vance Hotel. Trexler had spent years as a hotelier and knew how to attract both successful businessmen and cattlemen from the Southwest to the Mahncke Hotel.


1909 History

Officially opening on November 20, 1909, the eight-story, 301 room hotel of steel, concrete and buff brick was the largest building ever built in San Antonio. The Gunter Hotel was named for its investor, Jot Gunter. In 1917, a ninth story was added. Then, in 1926, three more stories were added, with the “Gunter Roof” crowning the new annex.

1968 History

HemisFair ’68, San Antonio’s World’s Fair, opened on April 6, 1968 and began welcoming millions of visitors. HemisFair put the city’s best foot forward for all the world to see! The Gunter Hotel was instrumental in transforming San Antonio into one of America’s great cities.

1989 History

In July 1989, the historic Gunter Hotel first joined the global network of Sheraton Hotels. At the time, it was only the fourth historic hotel in the United States to join the Sheraton organization.

1999 History

Following the completion of an eight million dollar renovation, the famed Gunter Hotel was rededicated in November 1999. Hotel staff released helium balloons with a key to the hotel’s front door attached symbolizing that the Gunter Hotel would continue to provide uninterrupted service to San Antonio visitors.

2008 History

Today, the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel offers 322 guest rooms and continues to be a popular destination for visitors to San Antonio.