San Antonio seamlessly combines sepia-tone snapshots of the Old Southwest with hauntingly beautiful missions and thoroughly modern nightlife. Take a few cues from the easygoing San Antonio River and go with the flow of street musicians’ melodies and savor the slow dip of the sunset from the balcony of beautiful San Antonio lodging. Speaking of the magic hour, when adventure calls to you, much like it beckoned to the cowboys of the wild west, ride off into the sunset in search of caverns and wildlife ranches, or simply settle in at a local pub for stories and a big plate of Texas barbecue.
Where to Stay in San Antonio
Without a doubt, some of the best places to stay in San Antonio are sidled up to the Riverwalk, but that’s what you’d expect with a nickname like River City. Whether you have your heart set on a trip to the Alamo or you crave the quiet corner of a waterfront café on a warm afternoon, stay at one of these guest-recommended San Antonio hotels and add some luxury to your vacation in the Lone Star State:
- Hotel Valencia Riverwalk: When you want your getaway to start with a grand entrance, book the hotel’s limo service to shuttle you from the airport to the historic corner of Houston Street and St. Mary’s Street. Love the performing arts? Dress in your evening’s finest and walk a block to the Majestic Theatre one night and stroll two blocks south to the Aztec Theatre the next night. Or when you need a night in, enjoy the comforting combination of a crisp, contemporary aesthetic and dark neutral tones in the hotel bar or with a delicious in-suite meal on a private balcony.
- Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk: Even the name speaks to your inner nobility, and once you see the bold décor you’ll want to strut your stuff right down to the riverbank, which will take about 30 seconds. Channel your inner count or contessa in the garden and exhibition halls of the Briscoe Western Art Museum, located right across the street or make several wishes on the fountains at nearby Hemisfair Park. If your wishes involve handcrafted gifts and one-of-a-kind art, then stop and peruse the antique shops and galleries at La Villita Historic Arts Village.
- Omni La Mansion del Rio: Warm your spirit with the earthen tones of the Spanish colonial-inspired setting in the botanical courtyard or in your own suite. Tucked away along a quiet curve of the river, the Omni La Mansion del Rio only feels like one of the most secluded hotels in San Antonio, but don’t worry—it’s still within walking distance to the Alamo and the city’s top theaters. Experience the ultimate escape when you leave the energy of the city for the rejuvenating in-house spa. Sure, the Alamo is rustic, but San Antonio is also the perfect place to be pampered.
- Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk: On the east side of the Riverwalk—with the Alamo in your sights—stay at the Hyatt Regency for the exquisite rooftop amenities and proximity to both casual and fine dining. When you aren’t in awe at the Alamo’s architecture or the exhibitions at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, then take advantage of the nearby Tex-Mex cuisine options. Steak tacos and guacamole are comfort food at its finest.
After a long day exploring San Antonio’s vibrant arts scene, soak away the day like you’re rinsing the paint from brushes that just brought color to your masterpiece. And by that we mean, take a dip in the hotel pool and add spirits in the form of a classic cocktail at the poolside bar.
San Antonio is warm, so you’ll be as cozy as a kitten in the sunshine when you climb under the whisper-light down comforter that covers your bed. If you need to ride out a heat wave, remember that there’s a pool on the roof…
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