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306 W. Market Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

1.866.435.0900

Meetings Guide

For additional information regarding the Meetings Guide activities and attractions below, call Hotel Contessa at:

Hotel Direct: 210.229.9222

Hearing Impaired: 888.808.1100

Visually Impaired: 866.435.0900

Best Team Building Activities: Mild and Wild

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People cooking in a large kitchen

Hotel Contessa’s fun team-building exercises that fuel a little friendly competition, while also firing up the friendships.

Get Into Guacamole

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Groups are divided into teams, given an assortment of ingredients, and then tasked with creating the best guacamole that will be judged by the executive chef. Once the competition is over, it’s time to wash down all the variations with the full bar that is ready at the waiting.

Guacamole in a stone bowl

Salsa Showdown

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Salsa and fresh vegetables

Groups are divided into teams, given an assembly line of creative ingredients (mango, corn, even strawberries), and then tasked with creating the best salsa that will be judged by the executive chef. The challenge makes for a nice segue into the main dinner event.

Mixology Masters

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Teams try their hand at inventing their own concoctions, taste all of the entries, and have their final creations judged by the resort’s resident mixologist. This is an especially great activity to do right in the lobby while guests wait for their transportation to another off-siting dining venue.

People toasting with various beverages

Chili Cook-Off

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Pot of chili with fresh ingredients around it

Ideal for larger groups since there are many more ingredients to work with, this challenge tasks teams with creating their own chili recipes. The executive chef judges the results while also providing tips and tricks as the teams work.

GPS Scavenger Hunt in San Antonio

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You could buy a guidebook to orient your San Antonio visit – or, you could let a squad of locals fill that role after booking this downtown scavenger hunt. Organized by Adventures in San Antonio, the hunts require you chat up natives to solve clues and point you to the right destinations, like the bar where Teddy Roosevelt met with his Rough Riders.

Stone walkway in San Antonio

Themed Dinners: Cuisine with Concepts

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Grilled chicken legs with roasted peppers and vegetables

The best banquet menus and creative menu items that are deliciously destination-focused.

River Boat Dinner Cruise

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Rio San Antonio Cruises offer evening dinner cruises on the San Antonio River on your own chartered river boat (accompanying 20 guests per boat). Dinner is catered by your choice of one of the many restaurants along the river, and is accompanied by a narrated tour of the San Antonio Riverwalk as you eat and imbibe.

San Antonio Riverwalk

Fiesta Dinner Menu

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Many kinds of prepared mexican inspired food

Celebrate one of San Antonio’s oldest and most favorite traditions: Fiesta! This resort menu includes many Tex-Mex favorites, great Texas beers, and, of course, margaritas. Hotel Contessa can also bring in traditional Mariachi music or a Texas country swing band for an added effect as you dine.

Hill Country BBQ Menu

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Enjoy barbeque at Hotel Contessa as only Texas does it: with a variety of smoked meats from ribs and wings to brisket and steak. Sides include mashed potatoes and baked beans, and of course, plenty of beer and wine.

Barbecue meal

Taste of Spain Menu

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Spanish rice dish

This buffet menu of Spanish cuisine features paella valencia, chicken asado, and riojan leg of lamb to name a few. Hotel Contessa can also bring in acoustic Spanish guitar music for an added effect as you dine.

Texas State Fair Menu

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Expect all of the traditional favorites from the Lone Star State Fair on this menu, like fried chicken and waffles, corn dogs and beer-battered onion rings, chili con queso mac and cheese, and, of course, deep- fried Twinkies.

Fair stand selling drinks and corn dogs

Meeting Technology and Amenities: Simple to Smart

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Hotel staff giving a guest a hotel key card

Offerings – from high-tech highlights to just plain ingenious add-ons – that make holding a meeting at Hotel Contessa unlike anything else.

Outdoor Terraces

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The private outdoor terraces overlook the Riverwalk, an ideal backdrop for Texas-style receptions and dinners.

Hotel Contessa from the riverwalk

Rooftop Pool

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A great way to relax after a day of meetings, the rooftop of the hotel boasts a beautiful heated outdoor pool surrounded by a sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. An adjacent 24-hour fitness room is also available.

Woodhouse Day Spa

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Sign for the Spa at Hotel Contessa

Also situated on the hotel's rooftop, the 1,700-square-foot spa includes four treatment rooms, where guests enjoy various types of massage, body wraps, aromatherapy, and facial and body treatments.

AV Technical

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Most of the 10,000 square feet of event space – including 11 meeting rooms and the Contessa Ballroom – are equipped with built-in presentation screens and overhead projection.

Conference Concierge

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Think of this on-site meeting expert like your personal genie during your stay. Want to book a last-minute lunch out on the town? Or need audiovisual help, more bottled water, or just want some snacks? No need to go hunting for these items on your own – just go to your concierge.

Off-Site Meeting Venues: Landmarks to Live It Up

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The Alamo historic site

Meetings become lifetime experiences when hosted in one of San Antonio’s most unique meeting venues.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

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This modern museum housing American West art and artifacts is home to San Antonio’s newest event venue: The Jack Guenther Pavilion. A versatile space, it features three floors of venue space and an outdoor courtyard – all ideal for elegant sit-down dinners, cocktails and dancing, business luncheons, or company presentations.

Briscoe western art museum

Tower of the Americas

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Located in Hemisfair Park (southeast San Antonio), this 750-foot-tall tower provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Two private dining rooms are located on the fourth-level Observation Deck and are catered by the Chart House Restaurant (the tower’s revolving restaurant).

Witte Museum

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San Antonio's premiere museum of South Texas history, culture, and natural science offers several unique settings for your event: two auditoriums, a native plant garden, a courtyard with covered veranda lined by majestic oak trees, and several historic buildings from the Spanish Colonial period to the late 1800s.

Dixie Dude Ranch

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Located in Bandera (a little over an hour away from San Antonio), this 725-acre working dude ranch offers the most authentic cowboy dining experience. Whether here for a reception of just a business luncheon, you have your choice of a family style meal in the friendly atmosphere of the big chow hall, barbeque outside on the ranch, and a cowboy breakfast out on the range.

The number one tourist attraction in Texas is also probably one of the most memorable backdrops for your group’s event. Several venue spaces are available for private meetings and dinner receptions, including the Alamo Church with its iconic and world-renowned façade and the South Gardens, a sprawling lawn of tall Texas trees ideal for large groups.

Event Themes: Prepare to be Inspired

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Party lights

A few of Hotel Contessa’s corporate party ideas that your team will be talking about well into next quarter.

Fiesta Dinner Menu

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Celebrate one of San Antonio’s oldest and most favorite traditions: Fiesta! This resort menu includes many Tex-Mex favorites, great Texas beers, and, of course, margaritas. Hotel Contessa can also bring in traditional Mariachi music or a Texas country swing band for an added effect as you dine.

Tortilla chips, guacamole, beans, and fresh ingredients

Hill Country BBQ Menu

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Enjoy barbeque at Hotel Contessa as only Texas does it: with a variety of smoked meats from ribs and wings to brisket and steak. Sides include mashed potatoes and backed beans and of course, plenty of beer and wine.

Taste of Spain Menu

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This buffet menu of Spanish cuisine features paella valencia, chicken asado, and riojan leg of lamb to name a few. Hotel Contessa can also bring in acoustic Spanish guitar music for an added effect as you dine.

Texas State Fair Menu

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Expect all of the traditional favorites from the Lone Star State Fair on this menu, like fried chicken and waffles, corn dogs and beer-battered onion rings, chili con queso mac and cheese, and, of course, deep- fried Twinkies.