The Hotel Contessa is a hotel in the downtown San Antonio, Texas area. Located right on the city's famed riverwalk, this wedding venue combines modern elements with traditional 20th-century Spanish style. The hotel is located a two-minute walk down the riverwalk from the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Facilities and Capacity
This venue welcomes weddings in a range of sizes, with a guest maximum of 200. Couples can marry on the distinctive Marriage Island, just steps from the hotel. Guests can watch from the riverwalk or from comfortable terraces at the Hotel Contessa. Indoor event spaces range from the grand Contessa Ballroom, with its iron chandelier and wooden accents, to the intimate Cypress Room, with the bold Spanish tile and romantic fireplace. Other rooms, such as the Anaqua, Palm and Laurel Rooms, bear terraces overlooking the riverwalk. These rooms are perfect to accommodate guests during a ceremony on Marriage Island or during a reception that makes the most of the indoor and outdoor space available. This venue is also open to hosting bridal showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners in its many versatile spaces.
Staff takes care of couple's needs for their big day, providing services such as event planning, setup and cleanup for the wedding. They can also assist with lighting and sound services, or supply the cake, at the couple's request. This venue also provides:
Full in-house bar service awaits couples at the Hotel Contessa. Delicious cuisine crafted by the venue's chefs can be served in the following catering styles:
Modern and urban design meets comfortable accommodations in the hotel's 265 guest suites. Southern artwork and exposed brick are just some of the unique decorative touches at the hotel. Each room also comes with a separate private living room area with a sofa bed for added occupancy and intimacy.
The hotel also offers spa services to couples and the wedding party before the big day, or for guests at any point during their stay at the hotel. The Woodhouse Day Spa includes spa treatments and packages to refresh or relax visitors. The Hotel Contessa also provides event rental items for a couple's wedding. This may include items such as:
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Cassaundra · Married on 10/28/2017
Everything was perfect, better than I expected. The entire staff was extremely professional and seemed genuinely pleased to help us with anything we needed. Angela was amazing! She responded very quickly, answered every question and made sure the reception was better than I envisioned. Food was delicious. Best service I've ever seen at any wedding.Sent on 11/18/2017
rob · Married on 09/02/2017
We had an incredible wedding experience. One the many Contessa highlights was the incredible brunch buffet. Guests are still raving about the entire experience. Our thanks for helping to make our wedding event so perfect.Sent on 11/25/2017
Electra · Married on 05/28/2017
I had the most amazing experience with Hotel Contessa and Angela Dean! I was very stressed and felt very overwhelmed at planning my wedding, but as soon as I put it in Angela and Hotel Contessa's hands I didn't have to worry anymore. I felt as if I was their only Bride every time I visited (and we visited a lot!) and staff remembered us! Angela made sure things went smoothly and calmly. We spent the entire weekend at Hotel Contessa and it was the most relaxing, fun weekend I've ever had! Everything was all in one place. We had our ceremony on Marriage Island and the reception in Hotel Contessa. My Husband and I went to the spa first thing in the morning and had a couples massage, breakfast in our room, and then I was able to have all my girls help me get ready in our room. They made our wedding memorable and stress free. They made sure to make us feel as if we were at home. We plan to come back every year to celebrate our Anniversary with them!Sent on 11/22/2017
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I have performed for weddings and wedding ceremonies at Hotel Contessa and this is a lovely place with excellent client service. I have also performed on Marriage Island which is just outside the Contessa Hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk. The City of San Antonio owns Marriage Island so you must book weddings on the Island through the City of San Antonio. Please note that the minister needs to bring a portable amplifier and microphone in order to be heard on Marriage Island. I can supply these things if I am performing there for a wedding. Fred Masinter, violinist 210 215 6297
Looking for a wedding that is uniquely San Antonio? Hotel Contessa can provide a beautiful and unforgettable wedding experience for you and your spouse. From the fantastic hotel staff to the incredible River view Hotel Contessa is one of the premier downtown venues for your big day.
It is always great to work with the Event Staff and Catering Staff at Hotel Contessa. It does take teamwork to have a successful event. Working with others who take great pride in their work and the end result for each person in attendance, makes me as the outside vender feel propelled to reach the bar they have set. Five Star service means your more than a number to be counted, you are family!