Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma, originally Pearl’s Brewhouse in 1894, embodies history and luxury. Designed by architect August Maritzen in the Second Empire style, it symbolizes Maritzen’s brewery expertise, with over 80 such designs. Starting as the J.B. Behloradsky Brewery in 1881, it became Texas’s largest brewery by 1916, surviving Prohibition due to Emma Koehler’s astute leadership. In 2002, Silver Ventures transformed the property into today’s vibrant Pearl. Hotel Emma, with 146 rooms, seven suites, a stylish bar, an excellent restaurant, and more, redefines South Texas luxury. Its design firm, Roman and Williams, skillfully blends historical elements with modernity. Named in honor of Emma Koehler, who sustained the brewery during Prohibition, the hotel pays homage to her enduring legacy.

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