Our History

1987

In the early years PHG built its reputation by taking under-performing properties in their specific markets and turning them positively around, beginning with the historic Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, TX.

Within two years the Gunter Hotel earned Four Diamond recognition, completed a very successful Chapter 11 reorganization and affiliated with Sheraton Hotels. Other hospitality clients during the “Distressed ’80s” include the Crockett Hotel, El Tropicana and Deluxe Inn in San Antonio; the Doubletree Hotel in Austin; the Grand Hotel at the Galleria in Houston (Currently known as The Derek); Carefree Inn and Resort, Carefree, AZ; and several distressed hotels in other Southwestern markets.


With each of these assets, the PHG team developed a vision, directed renovation and repositioning, provided management and timely sale of the hotels. In each case, they successfully coordinated affiliations with secure, profitable national hotel franchises, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton, Radisson and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

1990

In 1990, Karena Hotels Texas, formed by a London-based hotel investment company, hired PHG as director/operator for its US hotel ventures and invested $50 million in Texas hotels (…)

including the development and opening of the Radisson Hotel San Antonio Market Square, the 325-room Holiday Inn Riverwalk North (formerly El Tropicana), the 211- room Holiday Inn Express (formerly Deluxe Inn) and the Sheraton Grand Hotel at the Galleria in Houston, Texas.

As CEO, McClure simultaneously directed the management of five hotels in Florida and development of the new Holiday Inn Maingate Disney World in 1991 owned by the London investment firm. The Radisson was completely retrofitted from an existing shell building to a 250- room full service hotel. PHG provided all development and pre-opening services for this $9.2 million project. The Holiday Inn Riverwalk North was closed and completely renovated to include the Holiday Inn franchise. PHG provided all development and pre-opening services for this $7 million project. PHG developed and managed the renovation of the Holiday Inn Express including the Holiday Inn franchise. This was a $2.5 million project. The Sheraton Grand was also completely renovated under PHG’s direction. This was a $9 million project. PHG was instrumental in converting a 198-room independent suite hotel in Austin, TX to a Summerfield Suites by Wyndham and converting a 200-room suite hotel in Houston, TX to a Springhill Suites by Marriot. These were both $3 million projects. Under Phoenix’s direction, each of these hotels completed multimillion dollar renovations and repositioning, resulting ultimately in the profitable sale of these assets. During the years 1990-1993 PHG provided management, marketing and development support to the $350,000 per room Holiday Inn Kensington in London, England and the new Holiday Inn Crown Palace in Lisbon, Portugal. PHG’s success is a result of its hands-on focused operating style fueled by experience and expertise. In order to maintain PHG’s formula for past successes, and in response to demand for PHG’s management and consulting expertise, a policy/philosophy was implemented in 1993 that PHG only accepts projects in which it has a profit participation or equity interest.

The first venture under this philosophy was the Guadalupe River Ranch, a 360-acre exclusive resort ranch and seminar / conference center in the Texas Hill Country, in which PHG acquired 50% interest. It was originally operated in the early ’90s as a private retreat center that was rented to groups only. Under PHG this Hill Country ranch was opened to the public and developed into a resort that featured gourmet food and a complete resort experience. During the 6+ years of PHG’s ownership and management, the Guadalupe River Ranch achieved many milestones including revenue growth from $300,000 to $3 million annually; a net operating income in excess of 20% in each of the last 3 years; and national acclaim for food, wine and service featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Gourmet, and Wine Spectator (Award of Excellence in 2000). PHG successfully sold its interest in the ranch in March of 2000 in order to facilitate future growth.

2000

In 2000 PHG’s next venture was another boutique project, acquiring the historic Ye Kendall Inn in Boerne, TX a state and national historic landmark built in 1859.
From the acquisition in 2000 to the selling of their interest in 2012, Ye Kendall Inn blossomed from humble beginnings as a 17 room Bed & Breakfast, to a bustling 36-room Inn, Conference Center Award Winning Restaurant and AVEDA Lifestyle Spa. PHG developed and managed the award winning Limestone Grille, which achieved many accolades & national acclaim for food, wine and service. Limestone Grille featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Gourmet, and Wine Spectator (Award of Excellence in 2000 – 2012). Ye Kendall Inn became one of the top and most sought after destinations for small group/corporate retreats, and celebrity weddings (Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert), The Inn hosted many of the groups who sought the gourmet food & resort experience from the Guadalupe River Ranch. Ye Kendall Inn was also know and sought after as the pre-eminent wedding destination in the Texas Hill Country and Boerne, for both locals and celebrities. PHG sold its interest in the Inn in 2012, again in order to facilitate future growth. 2008 began a focus on new development, with the construction of the 130 Suite Homewood Suites by Hilton at Stone Oak, which opened in August of 2008, and would be the first of many PHG ventures with Hilton.

2010

In 2010, PHG developed and managed the successful conversion of the Radisson Market Square Hotel (which PHG had managed since 1992) to the new 250 Room Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Hotel, bringing the hotel to new life, and a renewed management and license agreement.

2013

The years 2013 – 2017 PHG continued its focus on new and future development, and a deeper relationship with Hilton hotels.
The years 2013 – 2017 PHG continued its focus on new and future development, and a deeper relationship with Hilton hotels.

2016

PHG next developed a Hotel/Convention Center project in Live Oak, TX (North San Antonio) with the construction of the 138 room Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center.

PHG is the General Partner and manages this hotel. This venture was the first of many public/private partnerships for PHG and local municipalities developing hotels with conference centers. The Hilton Garden Inn Live Oak opened in January 2016.

2017

In their second public/private partnership venture, PHG developed the 156 Suite Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center at Brooks City Base

The landmark project was visionary and pioneering; the first of what will be many projects in a partnership with Brooks Development Authority to bring additional investment to San Antonio’s Southeast Side. The hotel features 23,000 square feet of meeting space, a salon, and world-class spa with Salt Cave. The Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa at Brooks City Base opened in May of 2017.

In November 2017, PHG acquired the Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk. PHG is General Partner and manager of the property, which will undergo significant upgrading, repositioning of food & beverage to be a premiere “arts” hotel in the burgeoning upper/Pearl channel of the famed San Antonio Riverwalk. The Indigo is location between two former PHG projects, the El Tropicana and the Hotel Havana.

2018

PHG assisted in the acquisition of the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, and is the developer for the 30-million dollar renovation and re-introduction of the historic El Tropicano on the San Antonio Riverwalk as a Tapestry Collection Hotel by Hilton

PHG assisted in the acquisition of the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antoniois is the heading

2019

PHG developed the 120 Room Bevy Hotel Boerne, a Doubletree by Hilton and was awarded the New Build of the Year Award for North America by Hilton.

New Build of the Year Award for North America by Hilton.

2020

PHG completed the complete renovation and reintroduction of the Hotel Indigo on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Hotel Indigo on the San Antonio Riverwalk​

2021

Future development projects are underway and include a New boutique lakefront hotel in Marble Falls, Texas

Future development projects are underway

Over 25 years of experience in hotel management

Elisa McClure has more than 25 years of experience in hotel management, including eight years with Marriott Hotels and over 26 years as a special projects partner in her husband Ed’s hotel ventures. Elisa oversaw the day-to-day management of the Guadalupe River Ranch Resort and is directly involved in all phases of Phoenix Hospitality project development, including interior design and concept development of each property.

Elisa (Dr. E.) is a Doctor of Naturopath, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Certified Natural Health Professional, Certified Aromatherapist, Author, Blogger, Research Chef, Cooking Instructor, Radio Show Host, Speaker, Health & Wellness Educator, Organic Gardener, Backyard Farmer and Hotelier.

ELISA MCCLURE

Principal, Design & Development

HILTON GARDEN INN LIVE OAK

HILTON GARDEN INN LIVE OAK

Set off I-35 and Loop 1604, Hilton Garden Inn San Antonio-Live Oak Conference Center
places guests just 20 minutes from the Riverwalk, the Alamo and downtown San Antonio.
Reach Randolph Air Force Base, SAT Airport and New Braunfels in 12 minutes. Our new hotel
is also near family-family attractions like SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Schlitterbahn
Waterpark

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON SAN ANTONIO BROOKS HOTEL & SPA

7610 SOUTH NEW BRAUNFELS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 78235, USA

Discover contemporary comforts in historic San Antonio at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Downtown.

Set in San Antonio’s central business district — less than 15 minutes from San Antonio International (SAT) Airport and offering easy access to major interstates — this hotel in San Antonio is convenient to the Alamo, the River Walk and surrounding Texas military facilities. Park out of the Texas sun in our shaded lot and ride this hotel’s complimentary shuttle throughout downtown. Enjoy a warm cookie and a warm welcome always.
So Frio Bistro & Wine Bar offers casual indoor and outdoor dining with a pub-inspired menu. Enjoy local craft beers, cocktails, and a selection of wines.

HOTEL INDIGO SAN ANTONIO-RIVERWALK

830 NORTH SAINT MARY’S, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 78205, USA

HOTEL INDIGO SAN ANTONIO-RIVERWALK

Our upscale, beautiful boutique hotel is appropriately located on the Museum Reach of the world-famous River Walk. Situated between financial and medical districts, the Hotel Indigo® San Antonio River Walk hotel is a grand, Spanish-style villa located directly on the River Walk in our thriving arts community.

Our hotel’s local artwork showcases the area’s symbolic bridges, while the outdoor pool, terrace and guest room balconies offer views of the river that shaped our neighborhood. Our event spaces host 80 guests or venture out and hop aboard a water taxi right behind our hotel to meander downstream.

We’re near many of downtown’s popular attractions, including the Alamo, with easy access to the Blue Line Trolley.

EL TROPICANO RIVERWALK HOTEL

110 LEXINGTON AVE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 78205

EL TROPICANO RIVERWALK HOTEL

Our Mid-century modern boutique-style hotel will feature a new restaurant and bar along the Riverwalk, and a world class spa. We look forward to serving you. We are not ready to book but we do want to answer your questions about our rooms or services. We’ll be happy to help

BEVY (NOUN): A COLLECTION OF UNIQUE & CURIOUS THINGS

101 HERFF ROAD , BOERNE, TEXAS 78006

THE BEVY HOTEL BOERNE, A DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

The Bevy Hotel, a 5-story, 120-room full-service, state-of-the-art hotel and conference center is the latest addition to the DoubleTree family, one of Hilton’s 15 market-leading brands. The Bevy is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just minutes from Downtown Boerne’s charming Hill Country Mile. It is also close to some of the state’s best wineries, state parks, and less than 15 miles from the city of San Antonio.


The modern hotel features guest rooms and suites with Texas-style decor, fixtures, and finishes that are entirely American-made. Furthermore, the mill work throughout the hotel from the ceilings to the furniture and bars is handmade locally and installed by local craftsmen.


The hotel is a “collection of unique and curious things” that embodies a “Bevy”
– a virtual cornucopia of all things people come to the Texas Hill Country for,
including incredibly diverse food, artisan beverages, authentic regional finishes,
and true Texas Hospitality.

Over 33 years in the Hospitality Industry

Charles Stallcup has over 33 years of hospitality experience, starting as a doorman at San Antonio’s St. Anthony Hotel. Joining Phoenix Hospitality in 1994, Charles has held various positions with the company during his tenure including Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management, Operations, and assisting in Development.

Most recently, Charles has taken over the day-to-day operations at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Hotel. Charles oversees the hotel team ensuring we provide the best customer service while maintaining a focus on cost control and property performance.

Additionally, Charles is incredibly well known in the San Antonio Hospitality community serving as PHG’s community relations and government affairs contact. Charles sits on the board of the Tourism Public Improvement District as well as Executive Leadership roles on the board for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Wells Conservancy.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Charles Stallcup

VP/Managing Director DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio, Community Relations & Government Affairs

Over 6 years in the Hospitality Industry

After receiving a degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University, KC Flach began her career in Environmental Services within hospital systems. KC oversaw all Risk Management and Human Resource functions for an employee force of over 13,000 housekeepers nation-wide.

In 2016, KC made the transition, joining Phoenix Hospitality as the Corporate Director of Human Resources. KC’s responsibilities focus on our human capital and how we can have the best team in the business. She focuses on supporting hiring and training of all team members as well as maintaining all compliance requirements for all PHG properties.

KC’s goal is to be an advocate and resource to the ‘front line’ employee, supporting their performance and career growth within Phoenix Hospitality Group.

KC Flach

Director of Human Resources

Over 16 years in the Hospitality Industry

Dan’s early management career began at Johnson & Wales University completing the management development program. This university is acknowledged as having one of the leading hospitality programs.

During this time, Daniel received a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality with a concentration in Entrepreneurship as well as a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Dan joined PHG in 2010 as Corporate Controller shepherding the portfolio through monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reporting.

Excelling with PHG, Dan’s role was expanded to include Project Management working closely with Ian McClure. Dan not only handles accounting and budgets for our projects but also on development and project analysis for future opportunities.

Daniel Vinhais

Corporate Controller & Director, Finance

Over 12 years in the Hospitality Industry

From humble beginnings in the kitchen as a dishwasher as a very young man to becoming Project Manager by age 22 opening the Homewood Suites San Antonio in 2008, Ian has literally grown up in the business.

In 2009, Ian left to join the United States Army. Ian returned in 2012 and served in the US Army National Guard until 2017. In 2012, Ian worked as a contractor in the oil fields being hired as a field operator for Marathon Oil in 2013. For Marathon, Ian ran their second largest production facility in the Eagle Ford Asset.

In 2014, Ian returned PHG as the Corporate Development/Project Manager and Facilities Maintenance. He oversaw the renovation of the Embassy Suites McAllen to the DoubleTree Suites McAllen, the DoubleTree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown as well as the development and building of the Hilton Garden Inn Live Oak, Embassy Suites Brooks Hotel & Spa, and the Bevy Hotel Boerne, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

All total, Ian has overseen $110 M in development projects since returning to PHG. Ian oversees all current development, construction projects, and ongoing operations.

Ian McClure

Director of Development/Project Manager

Over 25 years in the Hospitality Industry

Taylor McClure-Covington literally grew up in the business. She began her career at the renowned Guadalupe River Ranch Resort in the guest services and food and beverage before opening the award-winning Limestone Grille at Ye Kendall Inn as Manager. Taylor evolved to Director of Sales and Catering and ultimately Innkeeper/General Manager, excelling in the luxury, niche, boutique hotel market.

Since 2011, Taylor has immersed herself in the Hilton System and their family of brands. Taylor oversees Human Resources, QA, and Guest Satisfaction and Standards Compliance in addition to taking on operational management situations as needed.

Experience in each aspect of hospitality from the ground up provides Taylor with a solid foundation and unique skill in delivering excellence.

Taylor provides oversight and support to all Executive team members at each PHG property, as well as overseeing administration, ownership and brand relations for all current operating and development projects.

Taylor McClure Covington

Director of Administration

Over 24 years in the Hospitality Industry

Shelley grew up in North Texas graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management from Stephen F Austin State University. Jumping right into the hotel industry, Shelley learned from the ground up starting with the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas, Tx. Setting her sites on sales, Shelley joined Bristol Hotels in 2000 then Radisson Hotels in 2002 taking on more and more progressive roles. Looking for change, Shelley joined Hilton Worldwide Sales in 2005. During her tenure, Shelley rose to the role of Director Of Sales, Worldwide Accounts leading a team focused on optimizing business from the Government. In 2013, seeking a new challenge, Shelley transitioned onto the Full Service Brands team at Hilton crafting Commercial Strategy for the DoubleTree by Hilton Brand. In 2015 Shelley was promoted to a Senior Leadership role taking over Brand Commercial Strategy for all full service – over 1200 hotels. After almost 15 years with Hilton, Shelley joined Phoenix Hospitality Group in late 2019 accepting the role of Vice President leading all commercial teams and immediately went to work restructuring the sales organization and optimizing commercial performance. Shelley sat on the National Board of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals and recently joined the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business Customer Experience Advisory Panel.

Shelley Mann

Vice President
Commercial Performance

Over 40 years in the Hospitality Industry

EJ brings extensive and impressive experience and expertise to his role with PHG. EJ in fact began his career with Phoenix Hospitality Group as the first employee in 1987, and we are excited to have him return to his roots in this leadership role. EJ has worked in multiple facets of the hotel industry and has held top positions with some of the most celebrated hospitality companies.

Prior to returning to PHG, EJ served as President and CEO of Alliance Hospitality – A Top Ten US Management Company and President and CEO of Divi Resorts Group – Largest Developer and Operator in the Caribbean.

Preceding Divi Resorts, EJ held senior management positions with Remington Hotels, Extended Stay America, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Mountain Springs Resorts, and Vail Resorts.

EJ SCHANFARBERP

President and Chief Operating Officer