Hotels on the Riverwalk in Texas

by Allison Westbrook
Riverboats cruise the canal system that flows through downtown San Antonio.

Riverboats cruise the canal system that flows through downtown San Antonio.

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The San Antonio Riverwalk is a waterway that flows through the midst of downtown San Antonio below the main street system. Shops, nightlife and patio restaurants line both sides of more than two miles of the waterway, and riverboat tours and dinner cruises glide along the water regularly, making it an attractive destination for vacationers of all ages and interests. Travelers wishing to visit the Riverwalk can book a room in one of the many hotels located just steps from the water.

Luxury Accommodations

Hotel Valencia is rated one of the top 100 hotels in North America by Conde Nast Traveler, and is easily one of the most luxurious hotels on the Riverwalk. Guests will notice the classic Spanish architecture upon arrival, but may be surprised to find chic and modern decor throughout the interior of the hotel. After a long day of shopping and dining by the water, hotel patrons retreat to designer bed linens, 42-inch flat-screen televisions, faux mink throws, lights on dimmer switches, marble bathrooms and soft bathrobes. The 24-hour concierge staff can help make dinner reservations or book tickets to games and concerts at the nearby convention center. Valet parking, laundry service and area shuttle transportation are available upon request.

Historical Hotel

Built in 1859, The Menger Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in San Antonio. Guests have included Theodore Roosevelt, Babe Ruth and Ulysses S. Grant. The interior of the hotel features original architecture and many old artifacts. Hotel staff is available to supply guests with the tales and rumors of ghost hauntings associated with the hotel. The Menger is located next door to both the Alamo and the Riverwalk for convenient shopping, dining and sightseeing. Guests also have access to a swimming pool, fitness center and spa. Additionally, The Menger is home to the Colonial Room Restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Most Convenient

The Riverwalk Plaza Hotel is perhaps the most conveniently located hotel on the Riverwalk. Not only do guests step out the front doors of the hotel and immediately into the middle of Riverwalk attractions, but the backside of the hotel opens up across the street from the world-famous Alamo, allowing guests to tour San Antonio's top attractions without renting a car or taking public transportation. Guests of The Riverwalk Plaza Hotel have access to a 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool, high-speed Internet and covered parking.

Economical

The Best Western Sunset Suites offers an alternative to Riverwalk guests who want affordable accommodations without sacrificing convenience. Vacationing families in particular are drawn to the hotel because of its low nightly rates, spacious suites and free parking -- all amenities that are difficult to find at downtown hotels on or next to the Riverwalk. Adding to the hotel's economical benefits, hot coffee is available free of charge 24 hours a day, as well as high-speed Internet and a hotel business center. Suites also include mini-bars, microwaves and refrigerators, allowing hotel guests the option to prepare their own food while on vacation.

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