One of Texas’ most celebrated attractions, the San Antonio River Walk winds two and a half miles through the center of the 200-plus-year-old city. Strolling along the sidewalks that hug the river, you pass under towering cypress trees and by lush foliage, as well as past hundreds of hotels, restaurants and shops. Hotels on the River Walk often rank from moderately expensive to very expensive, and many charge high rates for parking, but you could not ask for a better location from which to explore the city’s vibrant downtown.
La Mansion Del Rio Hotel
A jewel of a hotel tucked into the center of the River Walk, the four-diamond Omni La Mansion Del Rio captures the spirit of Old San Antonio. Originally built as a school in 1852, the six-floor hotel does not afford River Walk views, but the Spanish colonial-style architecture and historic detailing, such as wrought-iron balconies and low-beamed ceilings, more than compensate. Spacious guest suites blend luxurious fabrics with rustic furnishings and overlook quiet, cozy courtyards. After a busy day of sightseeing, dine at the hotel’s AAA four-diamond restaurant, Las Canarias, which serves up “American Refined” cuisine, such as Berkshire pork prime rib and warm sticky toffee pudding.
Built in 2005, the classy yet intimate Hotel Contessa snuggles into a bend in the River Walk behind an immense cypress tree. A soaring central atrium with glass elevators and gentle, natural lighting compliment the hotel’s chic yet comfortable modern décor. Suites afford striking river or city views, and have spacious parlors and comfortable, Southwestern-detailed furnishings. Choose a room on an upper floor for the best downtown views and to enjoy a quieter stay, as noise travels easily throughout the hotel’s foyer and lower floors. Relax poolside at the heated rooftop pool before heading to the hotel’s Las Ramblas and Cork Bar for specialty drinks, intimate dining and occasional Salsa lessons.
Hotel Indigo San Antonio Riverwalk
Tucked away from the main hub of the River Walk, the Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk provides pleasant, quiet lodging. The hotel overlooks lovely river views, and offers over-sized suites with fully-equipped kitchens and spacious patios or balconies. Amenities include a small fitness center and pool, free high-speed Internet access and a hearty, complimentary breakfast buffet. To reach downtown restaurants and attractions, take your car, hail a cab, hop on a river taxi or enjoy a winding, 15- to 20-minute walk among the lush growth and distinctive architecture of the River Walk. Finish your day with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves up locally sourced south Texas cuisine.
Drury Inn and Suites Riverwalk
Situated on the River Walk a few blocks from the Alamo, the Drury Inn and Suites River Walk draws convention travelers and vacationing families with comfortable accommodations. The hotel occupies a renovated Petroleum Commerce Building dating from the 1920s, and evokes that bygone era with marble flooring, embellished windows and sparkling chandeliers. Modest-sized suites have high ceilings and expansive windows with understated, warm-toned furnishings. Kids love the free popcorn and soda available every afternoon in the lobby, while adults appreciate a number of other perks, such as an ample, hot, complimentary breakfast, free 5:30 Kickback appetizers and drinks, free wireless Internet, free local calls, and a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool.
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