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The Best Hotels in San Antonio, Texas and Fun Things to Do

shutterstock_465814394.jpgLocated in southern central Texas, San Antonio is an old city, rife with Colonial histories.  Remember The Alamo?  Find this historical monument in San Antonio, complete with informative plaques, tours—both professional-led and self-guided, and nature paths.


Alongside the historic reminders of yester-year, San Antonio is home to the romance of classic Flamenco music, the western feel of cowboy legends, and lots of country vibes with open fields, big farmlands, and a booming inner city. Find peace and quiet in nature in the mornings and afternoon. Then head into downtown San Antonio to hop strings of bars and nightclubs that are thriving with nightlife until the wee hours.


San Antonio boasts over 4,000 restaurants to satisfy any craving or foodie curiosity


Some restaurants in the area are local favorites, owned by generations of San Antonio families. Whereas, other restaurants are new, modern, and still popular, with a contemporary, often upscale flare that makes you want to wear your best dress to eat there.


shutterstock_138480707.jpgChris Madrid’s nachos and burgers are the former—a restaurant that has been around for quite some time, serving up an awesome fusion of American and Mexican cuisine. Every element is homemade, from the burgers, to the nacho chips, to the cheesy dips.


The outdoor patio is a pleasant place to eat in the summertime. According to past guests via TripAdvisor, the best menu items include the tostada burger with aged cheddar cheese, mango margaritas, fresh-cut fries, and loaded nachos with cheese, peppers, onions, and chili.


Other top San Antonio restaurants to consider:
  • Bliss - American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan, Gluten Free options
  • Pollos Asados Los Nortenos - Mexican Latin, Spanish, GF
  • Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse - Steakhouse, Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, GF
  • Wildfish Seafood Grille - American, Seafood, Grille, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan, GF
  • Cured - American, Spanish, GF
  • Bella on the River - Mediterranean, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan, GF


You'll adore San Antonio's attractions!


A lot of the activities and attractions in San Antonio are outdoors and family-friendly. Just remember to bring along some comfortable walking shoes and layer your clothing for weather changes.



The San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk, often called whimsical and romantic, is an iconic, cobble stoned walkway alongside a beautiful river.


There are numerous stone bridges, several nearby cafes and bars, a few hotels, and souvenir shops right next to the River Walk.  Take a boat ride on the river. Or, simply stroll the walk to observe nature around you. In some cases, people have run into celebrities walking the same paths.


As a matter of fact, much of the walk is famous, as it was featured in a scene from the movie Selena—a story about a Mexican-American songstress with a tragic end.


Visit the lovely zoo!

shutterstock_93598702.jpgOne of the latest zoos in the nation, the San Antonio Zoo, located North Saint Mary’s Street, boasts over 3500 animals of 750 amazing species. The exhibits here are spacious and built to mimic the nature-made habitats that animals would have in the wild. Some of their animals are famed with names so the public can remember them, such as Boo, Nicole, and Lucky—the pack of Asian elephants.


There are A to Z animals, from anacondas to zebras, and a small petting zoo with farm animals, like baby goats and alpacas. Adventure-wise, kids and adults alike will love the interactive shows, where they learn and get the opportunity to touch some of their favorite animals. You can even feed sugar water to the parakeets in an exotic bird exhibit.


No trip to San Antonio is complete without remembering The Alamo!


Free to families, school groups and everyone to visit, the Alamo is the state's most visited landmark.  The spectacular Spanish mission turned fortress is open year round to visitors.  


Take a one-hour guided tour with a narrative headset around the Alamo Plaza, for $15 for adults and $10 for members of the military.  Children will not receive a headset unless purchasing an adult ticket.  

Take home a memento from the gift shop to commemorate your visit.


Relax in the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden


Need peace and serenity before you head home? Take some time to walk, relax, and ponder in the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden.


Sit by the waterfall, watch the fish in the koi ponds, and have fresh-brewed, nerve-unwinding hot tea at the Jingu House Café.


Ready to find the perfect San Antonio accommodations?

If you plan to book a stay in San Antonio, here are a few top-ranked hotels to consider—Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Marriott Rivercenter, and Drury Inn & Suites.


Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Fair-priced and beautiful, the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, located on East Houston Street, is a San Antonio favorite for lovers of history and old-fashioned boutique décor. Situated alongside the famous Riverwalk, this property offers both the basics and a few luxuries for the duration of your stay. For instance, their most notable hotel accommodations include friendly customer service, a majestic on-site theater, valet services, room service, an on-site café, bar, and lounge, and in-room mini bars. You never have to leave the facility to have a good time.


Grand Hyatt San Antonio

shutterstock_144310435.jpgA big choice for business professionals to the downtown convention centers, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio offers simplistic accommodations and excellent services, coupled with gorgeous views. While this property serves all kinds of travelers, it is most notably geared toward hosting large conferences, complete with a business center, meeting rooms, and high-speed internet access. Other features include a bar and lounge, a heated indoor swimming pool, a well-equipped tennis court and fitness area, and an on-site restaurant with room service options.


For fun, take a walk to the Tower of Americas—an artsy waterfall installation that culminates in a 750-foot tower observation deck, constructed in 1968, and offering panoramic views of San Antonio.


Marriott Rivercenter

Artsy, modern, and sophisticated, the Marriott Rivercenter is an upscale property with a premium location in Downtown San Antonio. There are views of the San Antonio River, as well as walking distances to numerous shops, restaurants, businesses, and activities. Ranked one of the best business facilities in the city, the Marriott is all about class and luxury. Guests are treated like royals, with superb customer service, 24-hour room services, a concierge lounge, and plush down-feather mattresses on king-size beds. Other accommodations include a business center, free high-speed internet, free daily breakfasts, and an indoor heated swimming pool.


shutterstock_677326138.jpgFor good food and a memorable happy hour away from your hotel room, head to Maria Mia Mexican Bistro for delicious, homemade margaritas in your choice of fruity flavors.  Dine inside for a lively and festive atmosphere or request to be seated under the tree-lined canopy right on the river.


Save room for dessert — flan, churros,  Mexican bread pudding with rum sauce, fried ice cream, sopapillas and cheesecake.  Sample a few!



Drury Inn & Suites

Drury Inn & Suites is located on North Saint Mary’s Street, right alongside the famed Riverwalk of San Antonio. Ranked among the top ten list ofSan Antonio lodging, the Drury Inn is a classic, with old-fashioned décor, modern accommodations, and friendly, reliable customer service. Guests can expect the basics, such as comfortable, queen-sized beds, spacious suites, clean towels, fresh linens, and extra toiletries upon request.

But there are also a number of luxuries, such as a beautiful rooftop swimming pool, free hot breakfasts, an on-site bar and lounge with regular happy hours, and a hot tub. Some of the suites are equipped with balconies for gorgeous views of the San Antonio River.


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Topics: Texas