US-based private equity group Harris Bay has announced plans to construct a 112-room boutique hotel along the San Antonio River Walk.

Harris Bay acquired the site in April this year to build the new Artista Hotel.

The Artista Hotel, which will feature unique artisan crafted pieces such as furniture, ceramics, murals, audio and visual displays, will emphasise on authentic local culture.

Harris Bay managing partner Jake Harris said: “Nationally, we don’t see people paying attention to what is happening on the horizon for Downtown San Antonio with USAA, Frost Tower, San Pedro project and UTSA campus as just a few.

“But, with Opportunity Zone investment we could take a longer lens focus on the city and felt that a downtown lifestyle boutique was underrepresented in one of the top tourism cities in the world.”

Artista Hotel features a lobby that is open to all and a restaurant and a rooftop bar that offers all day eating and drinking.

Architectural firm CREO will serve as the lead designer on the project and explore some unique design and programme features including bunkrooms replacing some of the traditional suites.

CREO design principal Kris Feldmann said: “This project is an opportunity to create a destination for locals and visitors that share a common pursuit of unique experience, artistic inspiration, and a realization that every day and night calls us to live life to the fullest.”

Harris was quoted by mysanantonio.com saying in an email that the company is holding negotiations with companies to manage and operate the proposed eight-floor development.

Harris Bay plans to break ground on the Artista project later this year.