This former brewery has become a South African hotel ranked #7 best in the US

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The Emma Hotel at Pearl in San Antonio was named one of Tripadvisor’s Top 10 US Hotels in the 2022 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Built in 1894, the hotel is located in the original Pearl Brewery in downtown San Antonio and named for Emma Koehler. Emma Koehler ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl chairman Otto Koehler died in 1914, according to the company’s website, with Emma acting as CEO of Pearl after Otto’s death.

During Prohibition, Emma Koehler converted brewery operations to dry cleaning and auto repair and produced beer, ice cream and soft drinks, the page says.


The old brewery operated from 1883 to 2001, and Hotel Emma opened in 2015. The San Antonio hotel was ranked #7 overall and has been in the Travels Choice Awards top 10 since 2016.

In Tripadvisor’s top 10 national rankings, the Mark Hotel in New York took first place, followed by the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, along with the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC and The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania . on the first four, in order.

New York’s Mint House at 70 Pine is ranked No. 5, followed by Sage Lodge (Pray, Mont.), Towers at Lotte New York Palace, Oxford Hotel (Bend, Ore.), and Standard Spa (Miami, Florida), in order.

As part of the awards roundup, Tripadvisor has also ranked the best hotels on the planet for 2022.

The Tulemar Bungalows & Villas hotel in Costa Rica occupies the first place in the world ranking, followed by the Colline de France hotel in Brazil, the Ikos Aria in Greece and the Romance Istanbul hotel in Turkey, in order.

Switzerland’s OMNIA came in at No. 4, followed by Turkey’s Kayakapi Premium Caves, Maldives’ Six Senses Laamu, Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Indonesia’s Padma Resort Ubud, in order, with the BLESS Hotel in Spain completing the top 10.

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