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Old Posted May 20, 2019, 1:04 PM
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SAN ANTONIO │ Artista Hotel │ 8 FLOORS │ Proposed



From: San Antonio Business Journal
By Ryan Salchert – Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal
May 17, 2019, 3:32pm EDT

Developer Harris Bay is planning a 112-room boutique hotel on a 0.2-acre
downtown plot that it bought recently.

Two weeks after news broke of Essex Modern City developer Harris Bay buying a 0.2-acre plot downtown and along the River Walk, the company has released details and renderings for a 112-room boutique hotel planned for the site.

Being called the Artista Hotel, the proposed eight-story project, at 151 E. Travis St., is described as lifestyle and art-centric with a focus on celebrating the contributions of the creative community. The hotel will feature many artisan-crafted pieces such as furniture, ceramics, murals,audio and visual displays, and more. Bunkrooms are also being planned to replace some traditional hotel rooms. The hotel's lobby will be open to the public and allow access to a rooftop bar. Harris Bay said it's in negotiations on a food and beverage operator for the hotel, as well as an operations and management company to run the hotel.

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Old Posted May 20, 2019, 1:21 PM
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Great use of a tiny unused lot in a nice location.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/15...1!4d-98.491959
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Old Posted May 20, 2019, 3:06 PM
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Nice and I bet the rooftop bar will be great.
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A few additional renderings available on the architect's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BxnKdOWlfaN/

I really like the design.
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Great use of a tiny unused lot in a nice location.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/15...1!4d-98.491959
Those surface parking lots along the bend of the riverwalk are just prime for development. With everything now occurring in that area with Weston and Gray Street, we should see some exciting stuff.
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Here's the HDRC review file. It looks to be about 100 feet tall from the street.

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I really hope this gets built!! Very nice hotel!
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8 stories?! A botique hotel?! Brb apoplectic attack incoming
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8 stories?! A botique hotel?! Brb apoplectic attack incoming
Umm... What exactly is the issue here? A boutique (note the spelling) is about 10-15 stories. It's on a very small lot, so this mig be the max height for such an area, and it will fit in nicely.
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Well, the size of the lot isn't entirely a factor in restricting the height of a building, at least not to an extent. New York right now is building insanely skinny and tall skyscrapers on some ridiculously small lots. There's also a 345 foot hotel planned in Austin that will be just 40 feet wide on its narrow sides, and the lot it's planned for in downtown is smaller than the lot my house sits on, which isn't particularly large.

I think what it really boils down to is that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to build tall along the Riverwalk. Not just to appease the "no shadows!" crowd, but because if you're building a 300 foot building on the Riverwalk, hotel guests aren't really able to experience and appreciate the Riverwalk from so high up than if they're only 50 to 100 feet up. The Riverwalk is an incredibly intimate place, and to build something that couldn't really lend itself to affording that experience to its guests is kind of throwing away the opportunity.
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^^ Well said, Kevin.
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True. But it can get very loud for rooms on the River side. Ive stayed at a few Riverwalk hotels, I lie being on the highest floor, looking down from such a high floor also provides a unique perspective.
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True. But it can get very loud for rooms on the River side. Ive stayed at a few Riverwalk hotels, I lie being on the highest floor, looking down from such a high floor also provides a unique perspective.
That stretch it pretty quite though. Hardly any bars or restaurants
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