204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
FGI attendees can stay at the Menger hotel for the discounted room-rate of $139 plus tax (about 16.75%) per night, while availability remains. This price is for single or double occupancy. Rooms with 1 king-sized bed or 2 queen-sized beds are available. The discount is available on the nights of Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10. Each guest room includes these amenities:
- Valet parking for $18 per day (plus taxes)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms, meeting spaces, and public spaces
Reservations can be made by calling Menger Hotel directly (800-345-9285). Reference “CAFG-The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy” to receive the discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made by February 10, 2017, or until available rooms have been filled. Reservations must be guaranteed with either a credit card or advanced deposit. Reservations may be cancelled more than 48 hours prior to scheduled arrival with no penalty. After this time you will be assessed one night’s stay.
Transportation from the Airport
- GO Airport Shuttle $19.00 per person to downtown hotels or $34.00 for a round trip ticket.
- Taxi Cab Service
The Menger, established in 1859, is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi. The hotel is located next to the Alamo, the Rivercenter Mall, and across the street from the River Walk. You will find a variety of restaurants on the River Walk.
Need A Roommate?
If you are seeking a roommate, consider using the comments’ section on this post as a roommate-finding forum where interested individuals can post and/or respond to comments. If you already have a room reserved but would like a roommate, consider including that information in your post.
This post/forum is made available as a courtesy to FGI attendees who are seeking roommates. It is the responsibility of attendees to find roommates, and CAFG cannot assist in making roommate connections beyond providing and linking to this forum.
Just twenty-three years after the fall of The Alamo in 1836, German businessman, William A. Menger, opened his luxury hotel right next door on the abandoned site of Texas’s first brewery. With the extraordinary Menger Bar as its centerpiece, the elaborately designed hotel soon became a favorite among Texas titans of industry, commerce and politics. Exorbitant cattle sales and oil deals were sealed over handshakes and shots of rye at the bar. This is also where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his famous Rough Riders cavalry brigade.
General Sam Houston visits the Menger shortly after it’s opened and signs the register as “Sam Houston and horse,” General Robert E. Lee stayed at the Menger several times prior to the Civil War. The story is that he rode his famous horse, Traveler, into the Menger lobby, and he placed a gold locket around the neck of the Menger’s young daughter, Catherine Barbara. Dwight Eisenhower first visit was in 1916, he later dines as President in the Colonial Dining Room.1
The hotel has preserved its history and culture by utilizing original and reproduction furnishings throughout. Visit http://www.mengerhotel.com/photo-gallery for more examples.