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court yard contains one of the prettiest groups of banana trees in Texas. In the
season musical evenings are an attraction to its guests, and fashionable germans
are periodically held. It is impossible to state the various hotel charges.
It is perhaps sufficient to say that the charges of none are exorbitant.
It is well situated as to street car service, many of the various city
lines starting and terminating on the Alamo Plaza, viz: the scarlet line car
plying between this plaza down Houston street to San Pedro Avenue and
Springs--scarlet light. The City Hall line on Main and Military Plazas.
I. & G. N. depot and all hotels-color, orange; light, orange. The Avenue
C line to Southern Pacific depot and Government Post-color, green: light,
green. The S. Alamo, Mill street and S. A. & A. P. R. R. depot-color,
red; light red. Green cars do service from the end of E. Commerce. A hack
stand fronts the hotel.
Another good hotel is the Maverick, on Houston street. The building was
originally erected for Military Headquarters, and was used for this purpose from
January 25, '78 till 1882, being enlarged and opened as a hotel in April of that
year. As a hotel it is second in importance only to the Menger. It is very well
served by the proximity of all the important street car services of the city, many
of the lines passing its doors.
Still other good hotels are the Southern, the St. Leonard, the Central, all on
the Main Plaza, and the Mahncke, on Houston street.
Boarding and Lodging Houses, Flats.-San Antonio is not
quite so well off for good boarding houses as it might be. Probably the reason
may be found in the fact that it enjoys a number of other facilities for easy and
cheap living. Nevertheless, a number of really good boarding houses can be
reckoned. Mrs. Cole's house, on Pecan street, enjoys a first class reputation for
the excellent table that is kept and the attention paid to the general com-
fort. Mrs. Murphy's, on St. Mary's street, is noted for similar good qualities, also
Mrs. Sappington's, on Tobin Hill. Mrs. Hockett's, on St. Mary's street, has a
well-established reputation. Of course there are many other fairly good houses,
but changes so constantly come that the list mentioned must suffice. A
custom that very well suits the visitor making an extended stay is that which
many of the inhabitants have of letting for rent by the month, certain rooms, very
often the best in their houses. Such visitors can make themselves very com
fortable, and live more economically, by rooming in this fashion and boarding
where best suits their appetites and convenience. Of course, all sorts of bargains
can be made. It only requires a little searching for every class to be made
perfectly comfortable. In fine, San Antonio, if not provided specifically with a
large number of good boarding houses, is nevertheless a city in which living is
made easy, not to say delightful. Mention must here be made of two excellent
institutions, the Webb house, on Houston street-half boarding house, half hotel
-spoken of highly as a place of comfort, and the Alamo Flats, on Alamo Plaza, a
most convenient arrangement of rooms and suites of rooms, nicely furnished and
excellently well conducted under its present management.
Restaurants. -Good ones are Harnisch & Baer's, on Alamo Plaza; the
Elite, at the corner of Soledad street and Main Plaza; and Lang's Dining Room,
on Commerce street.
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Corner, William. San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History, book, 1890; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143549/m1/19/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.