San Antonio, Texas, is probably best known for the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, which is an apt starting point for an exploration of this vibrant city that is rich in colonial heritage. River Walk, the pedestrian promenade that stretches for miles along the San Antonio River, provides a central artery for diving into the city’s cultural history. It is dotted with hotels ranging from the opulence of Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa to the subtle elegance of The River Walk Vista Inn, a 17-room historic boutique hotel. Distinctive urban bed & breakfasts abound, and Texas Hill Country resorts never fail to please. Here are 25 of the best inns and hotels in San Antonio.
© Hotel Emma
Hotel Emma is a historical hotel located on the 22-acre Pearl mixed use space that has become North San Antonio’s cultural and culinary destination. The 146-room riverfront hotel exudes an ambiance of Texas warmth and charm. Guestrooms come in five styles and suites in an additional six styles that include seven top-floor suites. This distinguished hotel offers a variety of culinary delights that include Supper, its signature restaurant, Larder, a distinctive specialty store, and Sternewirth, the hotel’s intimate tavern and club room. Guests can also dine in-room, or rely on the expertise of the hotel’s culinary concierge.
136 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-448-8300
2.San Antonio Noble Inns
© San Antonio Noble Inns
Visitors to San Antonio who are looking for a romantic getaway have the choice of three fantastic bed and breakfasts in the King William Historic District, all located on or near Riverwalk. Oge House is an antebellum mansion right on Riverwalk with the characteristic white columns, balconies running the width of the house, and large windows. It has 10 luxurious guestrooms on three floors. Pancoast Carriage House is a secluded property near Riverwalk with a suite and two guestrooms and an outdoor pool and spa. Jackson House is a historic 1894 Victorian home near Riverwalk with six guestrooms that feature fireplaces and marble bathrooms. Jackson House also has a spa pool.
209 Washington Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-223-2353
3.Arbor House Bed & Breakfast
© Arbor House Bed & Breakfast
History buffs will appreciate a stay at Arbor House Bed & Breakfast. It is comprised of separate structures built in 1903 and 1904. They have been welcoming visitors to San Antonio for over 30 years. Arbor House décor is inspired by the estates of Texas Hill Country and features antiques and Old Texas accents. Each of the seven suites is uniquely decorated – no cookie cutter accommodations here. Suites are named in honor of San Antonio historical heroes. A central courtyard with lush landscaping, a water fountain, and plenty of shady places to rest, eat, or play provides guests with relaxing outdoor space away from the hustle and bustle of Riverwalk.
109 Arciniega Street, San Antonio, TX
4.Inn on the Riverwalk
© Inn on the Riverwalk
Inn on the Riverwalk is a compilation of three early 20th century homes nestled together at the end of a cul-de-sac along Riverwalk. The century-old main home houses the dining room for the inn, the check-in desk, and seven suites and a penthouse suite. Cottage House is a Craftsman-style home with four suites, and a wraparound porch facing Riverwalk. The third house is the inn keeper’s residence with the Mockingbird Suite above it. A full, hot, made-to-order breakfast is served in the main house at a set time each morning. Guests can expect everything from French toast to eggs benedict, plus an organic coffee bar.
129 Woodward Place, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-225-6333
5.Brackenridge House Bed and Breakfast
© Brackenridge House Bed and Breakfast
Brackenridge House Bed and Breakfast, built in 1901, is a lovely antebellum-style home in San Antonio’s Historic King William District. It features three rooms and three suites with Victorian décor, comfortable beds, and modern amenities. Each room and suite has a private entrance and an ensuite. Other room amenities include a microwave, coffee maker, a mini-fridge, and lots of gracious touches like bonbons and cream sherry at bedtime. Stays at Brackenridge offer guests relaxing spaces on the front porch, upper veranda, and backyard hot tub and garden. Breakfast here includes a three-course meal with mouth-watering choices like their wildly popular Baked Eggs Benedict or Apple Baked French Toast. Guests are even able to purchase the B&B’s souvenir cookbook.
230 Madison Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-271-3442
© Menger Hotel
Self-described as “the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi,” the elegant and Historic Menger Hotel is the epitome of Southern style and warm hospitality. This opulent Victorian hotel has a long and storied past that includes such prestigious guests as Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. There are 316 guest rooms, all with historic charm and décor that come in five types. Guests can choose from among Deluxe King, Deluxe Two Queens, Deluxe Two Doubles, Victorian Standard, and Menger Petite guestrooms. Hotel amenities include a Spanish courtyard garden, a rocking chair porch, San Antonio’s largest heated pool, a hot tub, poolside fitness center, and access to Alamo Plaza Spa.
204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-223-4361
7.Hotel Valencia - Riverwalk
© Hotel Valencia - Riverwalk
Situated along San Antonio’s famed River Walk, Hotel Valencia is a blend of Modern Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial design with a contemporary edge. The hotel offers 213 sophisticated rooms with amenities that include custom-made signature beds, luxurious bed linens, Italian marble bathrooms, cozy robes, California Modern bath products, complimentary Wi-Fi, leather club chair, honor bar, and in-room spa services. There are seven room styles, junior suites, and a Presidential Suite. Guests at Hotel Valencia will also appreciate the complimentary FIT breakfast and open-air courtyard. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Dorrego’s, serving Argentinean-inspired cuisine. Naranja is Valencia’s trendy bar and lounge.
150 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-227-9700
8.Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa
© Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa
Epicurean travelers may want to choose San Antonio’s only four-star hotel, Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa. Located on the famous River Walk, this hotel offers stylish accommodations in a sophisticated ambience. Tastefully appointed Premier rooms offer 400 square feet of luxury with four-poster beds, soaking tubs for two, and signature bath amenities. River View rooms add 50 square feet of space, king beds, and private balconies. Spa rooms are located on the spa level and feature king beds, whirlpool soaking tubs for two, hardwood floors, and expansive arched windows with views of River Walk. Suites and ADA accessible rooms are available too.
212 West Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-396-5800
9.The Westin Riverwalk
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The Westin Riverwalk is a Spanish Colonial hotel located on San Antonio’s scenic Riverwalk. This hotel offers guests 473 spacious rooms featuring their signature Heavenly Beds. Guests can choose from five room styles and four suite styles, including the 1,560-square-foot Luxury Suite. Hotel amenities include a state-of-the-are fitness studio, outdoor heated pool, and Woodhouse Day Spa. Zocca Cuisine D’Italia is the hotel’s signature restaurant serving sumptuous Northern Italian fare. Diners can enjoy a meal in their soft-lit dining room or on the riverfront terrace. Other enviable hotel perks include Westin Kids’ Club, concierge desk, and 24-hour business center. The hotel is also pet-friendly.
420 Market Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-224-6500
10.The Hotel Contessa
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Another superb choice along the famed San Antonio Riverwalk, The Hotel Contessa is a waterfront all-suite hotel. Each of these 265 suites has a loft ambience with a brick accent wall, bold fabrics and colors, dramatic contemporary artwork, floor-to-ceiling window, and modern amenities. Suites have vibrant full living rooms with sofa beds and separate private bedrooms. Bedrooms have either a king bed or two double beds with ensuites. Las Ramblas is Hotel Contessa’s signature restaurant overlooking Riverwalk, and Cork Bar is the hotel’s wine bar, also serving cocktails and beers. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and a rooftop pool and hot tub.
306 West Market Street, San Antonio, Phone: 210-229-9222
11.Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
© Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Visitors to San Antonio looking for a one-stop vacation will find it at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. Located on a historic 300-acre ranch, this resort hotel has something for everyone in the family. Resort amenities include an epic five-acre waterpark with waterslide, wave machine, lazy river for tubing, and multiple pools. There is also a 27-hole championship golf course, and full-service spa amenities at Windflower Spa. The 392-square-foot rooms come in three types: Standard with a king or two double beds, Accessible with a bevy of ADA amenities, and Deluxe with either a patio or balcony. Guests can upgrade to one- and two-bedroom suites or a free-standing guest cottage.
9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-647-1234
12.The St. Anthony
© The St. Anthony
San Antonio visitors who value the marriage of opulence and technology will certainly enjoy their hotel stay at The St. Anthony. This iconic luxury hotel is located in downtown San Antonio, and is a national historic landmark that has been meticulously renovated. With a long history of serving dignitaries and celebrities, it has earned award-winning status. The hotel is a mere three blocks from River Walk and the Alamo. Guests can choose from among Superior and Deluxe rooms or Junior and Superior suites. The St. Anthony offers a variety of culinary choices including breakfast at Loggia, and brunch to dinner at award-winning Rebelle. Guests can enjoy libations at Haunt and The St. Anthony Club. Things to Do in San Antonio
300 East Travis Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-227-4392
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13.Hilton Palacio Del Rio
© Hilton Palacio Del Rio
Hilton Palacio Del Rio, located across the street from the San Antonio Convention Center, is a great choice for business travelers. Twenty-five meeting rooms offer a collective 27,000 square feet of business space, plus a business center. Families will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to River Walk’s entertainment and dining epicenter, including river boat tours that pick up outside the hotel. Palacio Del Rio has 485 guestrooms featuring Wi-Fi, HDTV, and mini-fridges. Guests will love the serene setting of River’s Edge Café and Patio Bar, as well as the excitement of Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar. Famed Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub always offers a good time.
200 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-222-1400
14.Elian Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
© Elian Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
There’s nothing quite like Texas Hill Country, and Elian Hotel & Spa in La Cantera offers their guests epic views of its serene natural landscape. Guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the vista and luxurious marble bathrooms. Elian’s signature restaurant Sustenio serves Southwestern fare, utilizing locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, served in a modern chic setting. The hotel’s spa offers pampering treatments, including mani-pedis, facials, and Swedish massages. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a resort-style outdoor pool, the convenience of a golf simulation room, and the luxury of an Autograph Collection boutique hotel.
18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-598-2900
© Crockett Hotel
History buffs and those who swoon over a good dose of urban culture will find their dreams fulfilled at Crocket Hotel. This 100-year-old historic landmark hotel sits where Davy Crockett and other Texas settlers fought to defend the Alamo. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures. The six-story hotel was painstakingly restored in 1982, and rooms and suites were renovated and updated in 2007. Hotel amenities include complimentary WiFi, a complimentary scrumptious hot breakfast buffet, an outdoor pool, spa services next door, and relaxing evenings at Ernie’s Bar. The pet-friendly hotel also provides welcome treats for furry, four-legged guests.
320 Bonham, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-225-6500
16.Omni La Mansión del Rio River Walk
© Omni La Mansión del Rio River Walk
Omni La Mansión is a hacienda-style hotel that sits along downtown San Antonio’s historic River Walk. Guests will appreciate the Spanish colonial architecture and European elegance. There are 338 rooms and suites at the Four-Diamond luxury hotel. Rooms range from 250 to 400 square feet, suites with either river or downtown skyline views are 800 square feet, and a penthouse Presidential Suite sits atop the hotel at 1900 square feet. Hotel amenities include a full-service spa, a courtyard with heated pool, and Las Canarias, their signature restaurant. Guests can schedule a tour of the property, cruise the river, or take in the tourist attractions along River Walk.
112 College Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-518-1000
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17.San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
© San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Situated on 600 acres of rolling hills featuring mature oak trees, a nine-acre waterpark, and two PGA-certified golf courses, San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway for the entire family. Accommodations include eight styles of luxury rooms and suites with modern amenities and sleek style. Lantana Spa offers Latin American Curandero inspired treatments and a full service fitness center. Cibolo Moon is the resort’s signature restaurant serving Tex-Mex cuisine. Five other eateries serve guests on the property. You will find a children’s pool, spa pool, adults-only infinity pool, and Lazy River slide and pool.
23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-276-2500
18.The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a Double Tree
© The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a Double Tree
This Gothic revival-style historic hotel was built in 1924 on Alamo Plaza. The thirteen-story tower was originally a Medical Arts Building, and guests can still see the gargoyles representing medical ailments that surround the building. Sixty years later it was converted into an upscale hotel and in 2012 received a multimillion-dollar renovation. Now among Historic Hotels of America, it offers seven styles of luxury guestrooms and suites. Hotel amenities include award-winning Oro Restaurant & Bar, a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool, and easy access to local highlights like the adjacent Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, Majestic Theatre, and San Fernando Cathedral.
705 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-225-5100
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19.La Cantera Resort & Spa
© La Cantera Resort & Spa
La Cantera Resort & Spa sits atop one of the highest points of San Antonio’s Texas Hill Country. The establishment has been a recipient of a Condè Nast Reader’s Choice Award, and resort accommodations include deluxe rooms, pool view junior suites, one-bedroom suites, luxury and presidential suites, villas, and private access to Seven – 7th floor adults-only rooms with sweeping views of Texas Hill Country. Loma de Vida is the resort’s full-service spa offering signature treatments indigenous to San Antonio. The main dining room, Signature, serves classic Texas cuisine with a contemporary twist. There are eight other culinary choices on the resort. The Resort Course at La Cantera is their 36-hole PGA championship golf course.
16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-558-6500
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20.The River Walk Vista Inn
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The River Walk Vista Inn resides in the original 1883 Dullnig Building, built by one of the city’s founding fathers, George Dullnig. It’s one of only three remaining buildings that represent San Antonio’s thriving early 19th century. This elegant hotel is situated downtown along the famed River Walk. A boutique hotel, The River Walk Vista Inn has 17 rooms and suites with polished wood floors, oversized windows, and sophisticated San Antonio character. Hotel amenities include complimentary breakfast and afternoon cookies and lemonade or a glass of wine, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a small business center. Guests also have access to the pool and fitness facilities at El Tropicano.
262 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-223-3200
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21.Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk
© Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk
Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk is a Spanish inspired villa located along River Walk between the medical and financial districts. This area is a little quieter than others along River Walk. Guests can choose from three types of accommodations – guestrooms, club level rooms, and suites. Hotel amenities include a self-serve business center, an onsite fitness center, WiFi, outdoor lounge area, and pool. You have convenient access to gondola-style water taxis from the hotel terrace. Across the street from the hotel, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts hosts San Antonio’s symphony, ballet, opera, and children’s chorus. Bridges Bar & Bistro is the hotel’s restaurant.
830 North Saint Mary’s, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-527-1900
22.Marriott Plaza San Antonio
© Marriott Plaza San Antonio
Marriott Plaza San Antonio is located on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds two blocks from River Walk. Guests will appreciate palm and cypress trees that shade the property, the serene landscaped pool, and colorful Asian pheasants and peacocks that roam the courtyard. Modern rooms with earth toned décor and balconies offer city and courtyard views. Some have connecting rooms, sofa beds, and sitting areas. Anaqua Restaurant & Grill is the main hotel restaurant serving contemporary regional cuisine. Other hotel amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool, lawn croquet, and a garden gazebo.
555 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-229-1000
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Hotel Havana is for the romantic who yearns for a simpler past. This 1914 Mediterranean Revival-style hotel features 20-foot ceilings, pine wood floors, large colonial shuttered windows, beautiful terraces, and meticulous attention to historic detail. Wi-Fi is complementary, as is morning coffee in the lobby. Rooms have cool throwback SMEG refrigerators with minibars, high-tech amenities, custom robes, and Red Flower bath products. Ocho Restaurant, Hotel Havana’s signature restaurant, is situated in a glass conservatory that opens up to River Walk views. They serve pan-Latin fare with Mexican, Cuban, and Texan influences in this light and airy restaurant.
1015 Navarro Street, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-222-2008
24.O'Casey's Boutique Inn
© O’Casey’s Boutique Inn
O’Casey’s Boutique Inn has a long history of welcoming guests to San Antonio. In fact, it was a favorite getaway of Dwight Eisenhower during his time in the military. The historic boutique inn has seven guest accommodations. Clare Cottage has a king bed and separate room with a twin daybed, Carriage House is a studio with queen bed, and Kerry Suite is a two-room suite with king bed and two twin beds. Kilkenny Suite features a queen bed and two twin beds. The two-room suite has access to the front balcony. Londonderry Suite has a queen bed, two twin beds, and a beautiful sitting area. Galway and Dublin rooms accommodate three and two guests respectively.
225 W Craig Place, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-738-1378
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25.Bullis House Inn
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The 1909 Bullis House Inn is named after General John Lapham Bullis, a decorated American soldier and entrepreneur. It is a mansion built in the neoclassical style, and located within walking distance of the serene Fort Sam Houston quadrangle. Rooms at the inn have 14-foot ceilings, and are individually designed with period furnishings, antique reproductions, and jewel tone color palettes. Many also have wood-burning fireplaces and French windows for the perfect cozy ambiance. Inn amenities include a beautiful outdoor pool with pool deck, lounge chairs, and umbrellas, and a fresh continental breakfast prepared daily. Guests can take breakfast in the historic dining room or on the expansive veranda.
621 Pierce Avenue, San Antonio, TX, Phone: 210-223-9426
Where to Stay in San Antonio - 25 Best Hotels & Inns
- Hotel Emma, Photo: Hotel Emma
- San Antonio Noble Inns, Photo: San Antonio Noble Inns
- Arbor House Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Arbor House Bed & Breakfast
- Inn on the Riverwalk, Photo: Inn on the Riverwalk
- Brackenridge House Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Brackenridge House Bed and Breakfast
- Menger Hotel, Photo: Menger Hotel
- Hotel Valencia - Riverwalk, Photo: Hotel Valencia - Riverwalk
- Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa, Photo: Omni Mokara Hotel & Spa
- The Westin Riverwalk, Photo: The Westin Riverwalk
- The Hotel Contessa, Photo: The Hotel Contessa
- Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Photo: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
- The St. Anthony, Photo: The St. Anthony
- Hilton Palacio Del Rio, Photo: Hilton Palacio Del Rio
- Elian Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, Photo: Elian Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection
- Crockett Hotel, Photo: Crockett Hotel
- Omni La Mansión del Rio River Walk, Photo: Omni La Mansión del Rio River Walk
- San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Photo: San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
- The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a Double Tree, Photo: The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a Double Tree
- La Cantera Resort & Spa, Photo: La Cantera Resort & Spa
- The River Walk Vista Inn, Photo: The River Walk Vista Inn
- Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk, Photo: Hotel Indigo San Antonio River Walk
- Marriott Plaza San Antonio, Photo: Marriott Plaza San Antonio
- Hotel Havana, Photo: Courtesy of Atiketta Sangasaeng - Fotolia.com
- O'Casey's Boutique Inn, Photo: O’Casey’s Boutique Inn
- Bullis House Inn, Photo: Courtesy of whyframeshot - Fotolia.com
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