These Top San Antonio Luxury Hotels Guarantee an Unforgettable Stay!

San Antonio's best hotels just keep getting better, especially with the addition of the new Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, with its upscale yet eclectic ambiance, rooftop pool complete with private cabanas and incredible fine dining offerings, including Landrace by a James Beard nominated chef, along with gorgeous views of the city from the rooftop bar and restaurant, The Moon's Daughters. Throw in a full-service spa and it's unlikely you'll ever want to go home!

Also located downtown, Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is another stunner and has been a popular go-to for tourists for many years. They never cease to impress with their excellent service, decor, guest rooms, in-house Argentinian restaurant and thrilling events, such as Tango in the Courtyard, which showcases talented dancers twirling in romantic reverie for these special guests. 

For those needing options on the northside, Estancia del Norte is just waiting to sweep you away with their own Spanish inspirations at this spacious boutique hotel near the airport. Estancia is surprisingly affordable and has a wonderful palm tree-studded courtyard, complete with pool, along with an in-house bar and restaurant offering thoughtfully-curated cocktails and mouthwatering dishes. 

Keep reading to discover more top San Antonio hotels and start packing!






The St. Anthony, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
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The St. Anthony, a luxury collection hotel, was recently renovated and features a new upscale restaurant, Rebelle, and popular bar named Haunt after the ghosts that are said to walk the halls here. The St. Anthony is conveniently located in downtown San Antonio, close to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum, the river walk and the Alamo. Built in 1909, this grand hotel features modern rooms with Italian linens, minibars, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Gorgeous suites with a separate living room are also available. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, private cabanas and a bar, as well as an exercise room, a business center and 15 meeting rooms as well as an elegant ballroom.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This lovely downtown hotel still captures the beauty of its time and is home to San Antonio's premier seafood restaurant, Rebelle.

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Menger Hotel
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The Menger is probably the most charming hotel to be found in San Antonio, and also possesses a long and impressive history. Located next to the Alamo, they have played host to such prestigious guests as Theodore Roosevelt, who is said to now make ghostly appearances on occasion. In fact, for ghost hunters, this is the place to go. The on-site bar has been recognized as one of the hot spots apparitions like to visit, which is no surprise, since this beautiful, hard-wood covered hang-out is an ideal place for a nightcap. Along with the anticipated modern updates to the Menger, you'll enjoy original the neoclassical Victorian lobby, fine antiques and artwork, a stunning courtyard garden, historic photographs, and a century-old guest registry.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Menger Hotel offers classic old-world elegance. A must for history buffs!

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Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa
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For the best of the best, unwind at the stunning Eilan Hotel & Spa, in surroundings inspired by Tuscany, overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country. They have an award winning resort pool with private poolside cabanas, perfect for families to play and couples to relax. If you prefer some pampering, their world-class spa offers 10 private treatment rooms including two VIP couples rooms with private balconies. Step into an atmosphere that is filled with vibrancy and fun. The Eilan Hotel & Spa is alive with energy, vitality and activity. Eilan is all about beauty and elegance, from fine dining in their Sustenio restaurant to strolling amount the fountains outside. You feel like you're overseas, not just in San Antonio.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you're from L.A. or New York, the Eilan Hotel might just be your ideal hotel for premium luxury.

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JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa is the kind of resort that you dream about. Romantic for couples, engaging for adults of all ages and a really big plus: kid friendly! Adults and children will want to spend time floating and splashing through the resort's incredible water experience. River Bluff is kept at 82 degrees year round and there are slides and a nearly 1200 foot river to float in. The resort is beautifully designed and a popular wedding destination. The resort boasts seven different dining venues and each of them offer fresh, creative selections. There is an emphasis on fresh sustainable ingredients. Lantana Spa is on site and offers a variety of services including facials, body treatments, and customized massage. As for accommodations? Guests are offered the utmost in comfort and amenities. All guest rooms are designed with vibrant colors designed to bring to mind the sunset.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This Marriott has seamlessly combined Hill Country hospitality with the ultimate relaxation experience and a top San Antonio spa.

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Hotel Havana
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This stunning hotel, situated on a quiet stretch of the North Riverwalk known as the Museum Reach, is almost a century old and offers elegant accommodations, from the studios to the Penthouse Suite. Each of the 27 rooms at the Hotel Havana is unique and designed for relaxation. Each room features original Bastrop pine floors and are decorated with antique furniture, Turkish rugs, and vintage Cuban artwork. You'll feel as if you're vacationing at a popular Caribbean Island city, as the Hotel Havana is inspired by their lush riverfront surroundings. Ocho, the on-site restaurant and lounge space serves drinks and food downstairs in the lower level and upstairs on the riverfront. We highly recommend this little gem!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Havana makes you feel like you just stepped in a time machine. You'll love their speak-easy basement bar!

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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
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The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa has a very Texan feel to it. Upscale meets Ranch Style. The staff is professional and remembers your name. Whether it is the valet bringing your car or the concierge, guests feel important here. The property resides in a picturesque setting which is enhanced by the beautiful Windflower Hill Country Spa. It is hard to remember you are in the city. Surrounded by a plush golf course and a four acre water playground for all ages, it is sure to be one of your favorite hotels. All resort rooms feature first class amenities. Approximately 10 minutes from Sea World and 20 minutes from the downtown area.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This Hyatt is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate with loved ones or all by yourself!

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Hotel Emma
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Located at the Pearl Brewery, every detail of the guest experience at Hotel Emma has been thoughtfully considered, and that comes through in all aspects of the hotel, down to the cup of complimentary coffee. Hotel Emma has truly done an outstanding job of preserving and utilizing the original space, a 19th-century brewhouse, thanks largely to their designers, New York's Roman and Williams, who have artistically blended historical features with modern aesthetics. Each of the 146 rooms is unique because of their efforts to maintain the original architecture. The top-floor suites are very large, mostly two-story accommodations with full kitchens and large dining tables that encourage a memorable culinary experience. In fact, Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, including at its restaurant Supper; the bar and clubroom Sternewirth; and Larder, the curated market.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Located at the Historic Pearl, Hotel Emma is such a unique hotel with the building's history thoughtfully-integrated into every aspect.

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Estancia del Norte San Antonio, Tapestry Collection
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Estancia del Norte San Antonio is an affordable boutique-style hotel conveniently located just minutes from the airport and offers a touch of class along 410. The hotel comes with all of the amenities and excellent service you expect from Hilton's Tapestry Collection, not to mention free parking. Their spacious courtyard comes with a pool and is the perfect place to lounge the day away with some tasty cocktails from the Paseo Bar, which also offers an extensive bourbon selection. For dinner, take advantage of the in-house restaurant, LANZO, which showcases a Spanish-inspired menu. Dive into the succulent Duck and Huitlacoche Tostadas or Shrimp Campechana before digging into a juicy ribeye or absolutely delicious Seared Striped Bass dish that will knock your socks off!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Estancia del Norte offers luxury, affordability and fabulous dining near the airport.

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The Valencia is one of those places you go to make yourself feel special and sophisticated. This modern hotel is one of the finest the San Antonio Riverwalk has to offer. The European-style d├ęcor is sleek and beautiful, the staff are always on point and the amenities, such as the turn-down service, on-site spa and in-room dining, make this hotel worth every penny. The hotel's restaurant, Dorrego's features superb Argentinian inspired cuisine and has a stunning patio that overlooks the bustling Riverwalk. The good news is the Valencia offers a little more solitude than most hotels located on the river. You can be sure to enjoy every moment of your stay here. Make sure to ask about their Tango in the Courtyard Packages, which come with an evening of unforgettable Argentinian-Inspired Entertainment.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Hotel Valencia is a local's favorite for a sexy, modern hotel and fine dining.

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Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk
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San Antonio is thrilled to be home to a hotel as magnificent as the Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk, which is the newest hotel to open its doors downtown. Located behind the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the Thompson has everything you could want to ensure a luxurious and relaxing stay, including well-appointed guest rooms, a stunning pool with private cabanas, a full service spa with a sauna and steam room and impeccable service. This upscale hotel is also home to two of the newest culinary hot spots in town. Landrace, located next to the lobby, is led by James Beard Award finalist, Chef Steve McHugh, and offers seasonal dishes that celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home. Moon's Daughters rooftop bar and restaurant is ideal for a sultry evening meal or a few craft cocktails in the lounge or on the patio. You simply can't beat the view here!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk is the newest gem to grace the city and its offerings easily rival any metropolitan city.

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