The San Antonio Riverwalk or Passo del Rio is a popular 2.5 mile pedestrian park along the winding waterway of the San Antonio River. The creation of the park was due to the daming of the river after a terrible flood in 1921. The result is a popular area with shops, restaurants, hotels and art displays along the the riverfront. Whether visiting San Antonio, Texas for fun, relaxation or business, the Riverwalk is the perfect spot to stay.
Here are the top 5 San Antonio Riverwalk hotels.
The Hotel Valencia was built in 2003 and underwent a $10 million renovation last year. The boutique style hotel offers a charming place to stay while visiting the San Antonio boardwalk. Renovations include a grand foyer and charming staircase as well as remodeling of the 213 boutique style rooms including Italian white marble baths and sleek stainless steel sinks as well as luxurious bedding. The Hotel Valencia reminds one of old world Argentina. The hotel features a romantic wedding venue and 7000 square feet of meeting space including an open air courtyard. Guests have access to the on site fitness room and spa as well as the hotel pool. Dorrego's offers fine Argentinian style dining, and Noranga is a sleek upscale bar.
Mokara Hotel and Spa provides luxury in the heart of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Mokara is an Omni hotel featuring 99 guest rooms. Guest rooms feature high ceilings and wood and marble finishes and luxurious bathrooms. Mokara Hotel has its own world renown spa. The hotel offers fine dining at the seafood restaurant Ostra which features riverside views. There is also a relaxing open air Rooft op Café alongside the rooftop pool. Mokara has 4500 square feet of meeting space which includes 6 rooms and features a romantic space for weddings and events including a 3726 square feet banquet room.
The companion hotel of Mokara Hotel, La Mansion del Rio is across the river. La Mansion del Rio was originally built by the Society of Mary as a school in 1852. It was turned into a hotel for the 1968 World Fair. The Spanish Colonial architecture is charming and romantic. The hotel features 338 rooms and suites each with comfortable over sized furnishings and luxury amenities. Suites feature beamed ceiling and wood framed French doors. Guests of La Mansion del Rio Hotel have access to Mokara's spa as well as an on site fitness room. There is a courtyard pool and pool bar. Las Canarias offers riverside dining and provides a champagne brunch. El Colegio is the hotel bar and Morsels offers fresh coffee and an a la carte menu. La Mansiion del Rio Hotel has 18,000 square feet of meeting space including 16 rooms. The hotel offers 4 different wedding and event venues.
Hotel Contessa is a luxury hotel located on a quiet lot of the San Antonio Riverwalk yet close to all the action. Hotel Contessa has an on site luxury spa, The Woodhouse as well as a fitness center and a rooftop pool with views of downtown San Antonio. The hotel has 265 guest suites. Each features modern decor with loft-like brick walls and vibrant colors. Each suite features a private bedroom decorated with luxurious fabrics. The hotel is charming and grand at the same time. Local Texas fare is featured on the menu at Lass Ramblas. Cork Bar serves fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Hotel Contessa has 10,000 square feet of meeting space with 11 rooms and the bet technology. There is romantic event space including a wedding venue along the river front.
"Hotel to the Arts", El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel transports visitors to 1960's Acapulco. The hotel was built in 1962 and retains its retro vibe. Guests are welcomed by the open terrace located off the airy lobby. There are 308 sleek and modern guest rooms in the 9 story building. The hotel features Mango's restaurant, Tiki's Lounge and Expresso's Café. There is a fitness studio and an outdoor pool for guest's of El Tropicano. The hotel has 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Centrally located along the Riverwalk, El Tropicana is the perfect location for business or leisure. In 2014 artist Barco Vazko was commissioned to paint a 5 story mural on the South Tower of the hotel depicting its iconic history. The hotel has hosted celebrity guests including Rock Hudson, Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and The Rolling Stones.
Written by Garrett Parker
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