If expansive hilltop views, marble finishes, and delicious food and wine are what your wedding dreams are made of, but a destination wedding in Italy isn’t quite in the budget, a beautiful Tuscan-inspired wedding can still be yours at San Antonio’s Éilan Hotel & Spa.
Nestled atop a hill at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Éilan offers the romance and charm of an old European estate with the modern luxuries of a boutique hotel. “We like to say that the Éilan is exactly like nothing else,” says Doreen Patino, Director of Sales and Marketing.
The Éilan Hotel & Spa is part of a collection of independent hotels and resorts known as the Marriott Autograph Collection. “No two hotels in the collection are alike,” says Susan Stricklin, catering sales manager. “And as a boutique-style hotel, we offer a variety of room styles and sizes, perfect for eclectic wedding guest lists.”
Versatility is one of the hotel’s best features. Couples may choose between a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for their festivities. European-inspired gazebos are picturesque for weddings of 10 or fewer, while the hotel’s largest ballroom Palio Hall can seat up to 400. The Cielo Terrace is perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail reception, and the elegant Incanto Ballroom offers a feature that’s often hard to find in ballrooms—gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows.
The hotel’s breathtaking features also make it an ideal venue for wedding photos. “Brides who book with us have the opportunity to take bridal portraits on both of our grand staircases,” says Susan. “In our lobby, the staircase is surrounded by intricate Italian marble columns, and on our terrace, there is a magnificent outdoor staircase that leads visitors into Éilan’s beautiful residential and retail area.”
Wedding guests will find no shortage of activities to keep them occupied. The spa at Éilan offers relaxing spa experiences and beauty services including blowouts, manicures, and makeup application to help guests get ready for the big event, while those looking for a pre-wedding workout can take advantage of the hotel’s 12,000-square-foot fitness center, tennis courts, and indoor lap pool. Nearby attractions include the Shops at La Cantera, the Rim, Top Golf, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
One of the most memorable parts of any wedding is food, and Éilan’s exceptional culinary team is prepared to take care of all your catering needs, from rehearsal dinner and cocktail hour to reception and morning-after brunch.
Sustenio, Éilan’s in-house restaurant, offers modern culinary creations by Texas’ first James Beard award-winning chef Stephan Pyles. The restaurant’s intimate private dining spaces and exceptional Texas cuisine will delight your rehearsal dinner guests. For your wedding day, Executive Chef John Herdman will create an upscale menu with artistic flair. “We can create a culinary experience for your guests that amazes from arrival to departure,” says Patino.
What truly sets this venue apart is the friendly, passionate, and capable staff. When asked why brides love this venue, Patino quickly responds, “Our amazing team! When booking a wedding, I believe that 50 percent of the decision is based on the venue itself, and the other 50 percent is about the connection made with the people they will be working with. Our sales and catering team love what they do and that shines through in the incredible weddings we host here.”
For the Éilan Hotel team, planning weddings is about building a relationship with clients and helping them make their wedding dreams a reality.
“We take a personal interest. This is one of the most important days in a couple’s lives. They trust us to make it perfect, and in the process, we make a connection with them,” Stricklin says.
Catering Manager Erica Camarillo agrees, “We celebrate with our couples and seeing their smiling faces at the end makes it all worth it.”
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