East Houston Street runs for some six miles from the eastern outskirts of San Antonio right into the heart of the city’s downtown. Most of the hotels on East Houston are in the center of town, but one option is further out. San Antonio’s attractions include the River Walk, which, fringed by restaurants and bars, meanders its way through downtown, and the historic Alamo. San Antonio is also a convenient base from which to explore the picturesque Texas Hill Country.
Emily Morgan Hotel
Set on the downtown section of East Houston Street, right by the Alamo, the Emily Morgan Hotel is housed in an ornately decorated 1920s skyscraper with 13 floors. This luxury hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a sundeck surrounded by mature trees, and there’s also a fitness room. The hotel’s Oro Restaurant serves regional Texan cuisine in a room with atmospheric lighting and contemporary decor. The Emily Morgan makes a particular point of welcoming pets and even has a pets’ menu.
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Built in Tex-Mex hacienda style and overlooking San Antonio’s River Walk, the Hotel Valencia features contemporary designer interiors. The hotel has a fitness center and an on-site spa offering beauty and relaxation treatments. Set on the River Walk, the hotel’s Citrus Restaurant serves modern regional dishes and regularly exhibits work by local artists. The Vbar serves cocktails and tapas in an informal setting. Nearby restaurants include Acenar, serving Mexican cuisine, and the Dolores del Rio Italian Restaurant.
Hotel Indigo at the Alamo
Just across the street from Alamo Plaza, the Hotel Indigo is housed in an early 20th-century building. Set in a well-lighted room with bright colors, the on-site 1909 Bar and Bistro serves Texan and Mexican specialties. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Tower of the Americas, which soars 750 feet into the sky and features a viewing platform and restaurant. The shops and restaurants of the Rivercenter Mall, which also includes a cinema and a comedy club, are a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Days Inn San Antonio/AT&T Center
Set near the eastern end of East Houston Street, the Days Inn San Antonio/AT&T Center is a 10-minute drive from downtown San Antonio. This budget property offers free parking and features an outdoor pool. Willow Springs Golf Course, open to visiting players, is a couple of minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast; for other meals, nearby options include the Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, a branch of fast-food restaurant Sonic Drive-in and Virginia’s Tex Mex Restaurant.
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