San Antonio hotels join Omni portfolio

Omni Hotels is welcoming San Antonio’s La Mansión del Rio Hotel and Watermark Hotel and Spa to its portfolio of destinations with the official transfer of ownership to the luxury hotel company.

“We will embrace the time-honored traditions and fine details that have garnered prominent status for these beautiful hotels,” said Michael Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels. “Along with exceptional service, each of our hotels reflects the distinct character of its surrounding city, and these new additions to our brand portfolio will allow us to extend this philosophy in San Antonio.”

Omni Hotels understands first-hand the inherent value created by the character of San Antonio and its popular River Walk because the company has roots firmly planted in Texas. Based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Omni has eight other hotels in the state, including two each in Houston, Dallas and Austin, one in Corpus Christi and another in San Antonio. The company also will break ground this summer on a multi-million dollar luxury hotel and condominium development in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Omni’s plans for a renovation of the guest rooms at Omni La Mansión del Rio will carefully blend with the hotel’s famous setting and ambiance.

Omni Hotels has appointed John “Rusty” Wallace to the general manager position. Supported by the strong leadership team already in place, he will ensure that guests enjoy the memorable experience they have come to expect at both hotels. Wallace is a native Texan and 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. He previously served as the general manager of the award winning Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Under his guidance, this four-diamond hotel was listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2006 Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay.

Omni will welcome the new hotels beginning this spring by offering two La Mansión signatures at locations throughout Texas. Bartenders will pour La Mansión’s legendary margaritas, hand-made using only fresh lime juice and top-shelf tequila and served in colorful, hand-blown glasses from Mexico. Each night, members of Omni’s Select Guest program also will receive a small, hand-painted box of colorful worry dolls, a charming tradition created centuries ago by the Yanaguana Indians, for a worry-free sleep and welcoming of a new day. Meanwhile, guests at Omni La Mansion del Rio will be enticed with an offer to receive one of several gifts designed to reward the senses when they book another stay at any Omni location. Each of these offerings add to Omni’s sensory branding efforts that create compelling, memorable experiences for its guests.