More than a century before downtown San Antonio became a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, it was home to a hardware store that was eventually transformed into one of the city’s most brilliant gems—The Pavilion by Hilton.
Set within HemisFair Park just a short stroll from the Riverwalk and Tower of Americas, this historic two-story white limestone structure has recently been beautifully renovated into a classy, self-contained wedding venue.
While the Pavilion is located right in the heart of downtown San Antonio, you wouldn’t know it from the lush trees, proximity to the park, and white stone details reminiscent of a Hill Country getaway. This premier wedding venue also just happens to boast all of your big city conveniences nearby.
Barbara Gabaldon, industry veteran and senior catering sales manager for the Hilton Palacio del Rio, the Pavilion’s parent venue, knows firsthand what it takes to make couple’s wedding dreams come true.
She understands that privacy is key when choosing a wedding venue and says, “At our Pavilion venue, couples love that it’s a completely private space. Many times hotels have a hallway or common area that separates the different ballrooms, but at The Pavilion, couples don’t have to share the space—it’s their personal canvas to paint shining memories upon.”
Not only is the Pavilion all-inclusive, it’s also incredibly versatile.
The main level features an open-floor plan that can accommodate up to 150 guests and white stonewalls that give the space a fresh and airy feel lovebirds adore. Up the beautiful oak staircase, the upper level accommodates an additional 180 guests and includes access to a balcony with a view so stunning it makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, too!
Barbara suggests hosting your ceremony downstairs and your reception upstairs. “There’s just so much you can do with this space and I’ve seen couples do it all! The staircase offers a great opportunity for brides to make a grand entrance, and the balcony showcases gorgeous views of the city and is an ideal setting for cocktails.”
With so much space to work with, the possibilities are endless. Your special day is sure to impress with the help of the Hilton's friendly and knowledgeable events team.
“Because the Pavilion is a Hilton venue, we have all of those little details taken care of that most couples may not know about—from insurance to catering to parking,” says Barbara. Couples can enjoy their special day without experiencing undue stress.
Even before you commit to booking, Barbara and her events team love connecting with new couples and try their best to be as accessible as possible. “It’s a 24/7 operation. At the Pavilion, folks are guaranteed to receive personal accommodation rather than a lengthy recording. Our friendly staff is always ready and willing to present couples with a wedding information guide and to offer tours of our property every day, by appointment.”
It’s no secret that downtown San Antonio is a melting pot of great venue options, so what makes the Pavilion by Hilton stand out from the crowd?
Besides service, amenities, and history, what really sets the Pavilion apart is passion.
“I get to see two people who love each other so much accomplish something that’s bigger than a lot of things in this world,” Barbara says. “Committing their lives to one another.”
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