San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Room Refresh & Public Space Reconstruction

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Tributary bar



Build Type

13 months

Project Overview

San Antonio, TX

PWI Construction was engaged to transform the iconic 30-year-old - and third-largest hotel in the city - San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Located in downtown San Antonio steps away from the famous River Walk, the reconstruction of the lobby, restaurant, lounge, and retail areas, addition of the new M Club, and redesign of all 1,001 guestrooms and suites pays tribute to San Antonio’s vibrant culture while ushering in a contemporary, upscale feel to the landmark hotel.

To accommodate the new restaurant and bar, four lobby escalators were replaced and relocated. The modernized lobby includes new flooring, wall finishes, and updated ADA-compliant restrooms. The guestrooms and suites underwent a dramatic change with scraped ceilings, contemporary flooring and wall treatments, and king rooms featuring new bathrooms and showers.

All renovations were completed while the hotel remained open.

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter reception area
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter guest room living area

Our Solution

The daunting task of relocating and replacing the four lobby escalators paid off in spades. The now-open layout laid way the for a rebirth of the 30-year-old hotel. Walking into the hotel, there's a liveliness with an unassuming sophistication. The elite top-floor M-Club offers the best views of the city, while the first-floor lounge offers travelers and locals alike a place to relax or meet new friends. The design team paid tribute to local artists and artisans. From artwork to tiling, to the new front desk, made of locally sourced one-of-a-kind glass panels, there are bits-and-pieces of San Antonio's culture felt throughout the hotel.

Beyond the result, the project’s success can be attributed to its all-star team. Turner & Townsend, designOne studio, Parker-Torres Design, Marriott management and staff, and PWI Construction worked altogether with the utmost professionalism to quickly solve issues that popped up - as they tend to do on any construction project - ensuring the project finished on time and with minimum impact to the guest experience.

Project Awards

  • AAA Four Diamond Award

Client Story

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

The river-to-rooftop remodel sought to modernize the 30-year-old hotel while capturing the Alamo City’s artistic character.

“We are using local artists from San Antonio and placing their work in this hotel, which is important,” explains Marriott Rivercenter Hotel Manager Suzy Hart. “We are expanding the footprint, but we are also upgrading to a much more activated, luxury space. This was very well-thought-out to capture San Antonio in a modern, hip way.”

The hotel’s makeover played a large role in the revitalization of the city’s downtown landscape.

The Team

designONE studio

DesignONE Studio brought their 'uncharted value' approach to the property-wide renovation helping to solve functionality problems and optimizing the hotel's amenities and components.

Black Dog Studio

Black Dog Studio led the guestroom and suite re-design bringing a fresh and contemporary look and feel to the 1,001-key hotel.

Parker-Torres Design

International interior designer and interior architecture firm Parker-Torres Design led the public space design process transforming the overall guest experience.

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“You feel the essence of San Antonio throughout the hotel. The fusion of local influences and the premier finishes you come to expect from the Marriott brand come together to create a completely new experience for the renowned property.”

– James Reigle, PWI Construction

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