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San Antonio

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About San Antonio

Thirty-two million people a year visit the city of San Antonio in Texas, drawn by both its evocative history, and contemporary culture. The best places to stay in San Antonio are mostly situated within easy reach of the pedestrianised River Walk.

Shaded by trees, River Walk runs through the city, along the San Antonio River. It links museums, galleries, parks and open spaces, cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping. The walk is pedestrianised but hotels have their own parking or can recommend a parking garage nearby.

For those interested in art and nature, to the north end of River Walk is Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea garden and the Witte Museum with exhibitions highlighting Texas' history. South of this area is the San Antonio Museum of Art with collections from Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and South America. In addition you'll find Asian art and contemporary American and Texan art plus special exhibitions.

San Antonio's iconic fort, The Alamo (a World Heritage Site commemorating the tragedy and heroism of the siege which was a turning point in the struggle for Texan independence from Mexico), is an absolute must-see.

South of San Antonio the River Walk is being extended with hiking and cycling trails which run through woodland and riverbank habitats, and access four stone-built 18th century Spanish colonial missions. Further out of town are horse riding stables, offering trail rides to riders of all ages and experience levels.

San Antonio's famous past is coupled with an exciting present where art, culture and good eating vie for the visitor's time. Whether you want outdoor activity, history, culture, shopping - there is something for everyone - so use our list of the best places to stay in San Antonio to plan your trip!

For History Buffs

The Alamo is situated in the middle of the River Walk area, in the downtown area.

  • The Riverwalk Vista Hotel is a five minute walk from the Alamo and also is right in the downtown area with shops, restaurants and Arts venues nearby. The building dates from 1883 and rooms have antique furnishings and floor to ceiling windows with great views.

For Downtown Dining, Shopping and Entertainment

For food, relaxing with a drink and a view, or some retail therapy, stay in the central downtown area.

  • The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is a contemporary hotel right on the River Walk with restaurant and bar. Catch a Broadway show at the Majestic Theatre next door.
  • Hotel Havana offers a stylish mix of light modern decor and antique furniture. There's a pan-Latin inspired bar and restaurant overlooking the river, and an intimate candle-lit basement bar.

Still not sure? Browse our list of the best places to stay in San Antonio; or if there's nothing here, you can search further afield by checking out all our Texas recommendations, or contact a friendly guru for advice.

Best Hotels in San Antonio

  • The Riverwalk Vista 16 rooms from £144

    San Antonio

    Historic elegance meets bustling San Antonio in this stylish redbrick 19th century building. Each room has a view looking out over the city, and a mix of antiques, exposed brickwork, original floorboards and floor-to-ceiling windows give this hotel a comfortable yet classy feel.

    Local exploring  -  An ideal location for getting to know San Antonio whether you're here for culture, nightlife or both.
    Sights nearby  -  The Alamo, Tower of the Americas, Paseo del Rio
    Swimming Pool  -  At sister hotel next door
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  • Hotel Havana 27 rooms from £154

    San Antonio (Texas)

    This Cuban chic Riverwalk hotel offers contemporary decor with classic Latin elements. The comfortable rooms’ range is size, all light with mod-cons and private bathroom. Ocho pan-Latin restaurant is a greenhouse setting overlooking the Riverwalk. The Bar is notorious across town.

    Sights nearby  -  Cathedral of San Fernando.
    Full of character
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Valencia Riverwalk 213 rooms from £184

    San Antonio (Texas)

    This contemporary and stylish hotel offers prime location on the Riverwalk. Vibrant rooms are modern and spacious and with San Antonio views. Citrus Restaurant works with locally sourced produce and Vbar mixes up some delicious cocktails. Great place to stay for the local haunts, or relax at the spa

    Local markets  -  Check our Market Square and El Mercado,the largest Mexican style market place outside of Mexico.
    Sights nearby  -  Rio San Antonio Cruises-riverboat water taxi tours departing from river side of the hotel.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Hotel Emma 146 rooms from £342

    San Antonio (SAN ANTONIO)

    A hip hotel set in a converted brewery. Reception rooms keep the buildings character with large open spaces, exposed brick and enormous windows. Rooms are spacious and elegant. The restaurant does not disappoint with a gourmet fresh menu hitting the spot. A winning choice.

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to access the city's tourist spots, restaurants and shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Cathedral of San Fernando.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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