El Tropicano Hotel Renovation

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: Fiesta Riverwalk, Ltd.
Architect: Alamo Architects
Completion Date: Spring 2006
Recognition / Awards / Publication: 2006 San Antonio Business Journal Award for Interior Design

El Tropicano Hotel opened in 1963 as a sophisticated, modern resort on the beautiful San Antonio River and instantly became an international destination for visiting politicians, presidents and movie stars. Sadly, those glory days faded and by the turn of the century El Tropicano had become a tired, dated shell of its former self.  Through a combination of restoration and invention, Alamo refreshed the look of the hotel while maintaining the vibe of an international, 1960s resort. This renovation is recognized not only as a design success but also as an important factor in the ongoing re-invigoration of downtown San Antonio. Groovy, baby!