From Texas Hill Country Getaways to Historic Gems

There's no question that San Antonio has some stunning hotels, many of which are also affordable, at least when it comes to pure luxury.

To get a true taste of Texas hospitality, not to mention beauty, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa tops the list. Located in the Texas Hill Country, with gorgeous views as far as the eye can see, a full-service spa, excellent restaurant and enough amenities to keep everyone in the family happy, it just doesn't get much better than this!

For a more intimate atmosphere, fall in love with the historic Hotel Havana, located in the thick of the downtown excitement, just a stone's throw from the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This boutique hotel is both elegant and unique, with a sexy speak-easy type bar in the basement and, according to critics, one of the most gorgeous glass restaurants in the world. 

For those who appreciate urban class, the new Hotel Emma, located at the Pearl Brewery, is one of the most ingeniously designed hotels in San Antonio - merging both historic style with modern chic. They also know how to cater to their guests' needs like few others do. 




The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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The Emily Morgan styles itself The Official Hotel of the Alamo and it's easy to see why. Its architectural design stands out next door to the Alamo. Enjoy luxury accommodations, Aveda skin care and all the amenities. A former medical building, it's reputed to be haunted and ghost hunters from near and far visit in hopes of spooky apparitions. However, most guests simply enjoy the Emily Morgan for its convenience to all things San Antonio. Within walking distance to countless restaurants, the River Walk, the Alamo, La Villita and more, you cannot go wrong choosing this hotel for its excellent location.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Emily Morgan is a stately, old-world historic hotel, ideally located next to the Alamo.

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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 is all about history, ghosts, elegance, convenience. What more do you need?

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The Valencia is one of those places you go to make yourself feel luxurious and sophisticated. This modern and elegant hotel is one of the finest the San Antonio riverwalk has to offer. The European-style décor 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 bar is popular among locals and is occasionally host to hip local art shows where you can drink fine wine and discover new and talented artists. The good news is the Valencia offers a little more solitude than most hotels located on the riverwalk. You can be sure to enjoy every moment of your stay here!

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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Grand Hyatt San Antonio
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The Grand Hyatt is one of San Antonio's most recent hotel additions to downtown and the riverwalk. It is a massive architectural feat and a stunning structure to behold. For those visiting for a conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this is the perfect place to stay as it's literally a stone's throw away. If you're lucky enough to get a room with a view of the Tower of the Americas, it feels as if you can almost reach out and touch it. Of course, most popular downtown destinations, as well as shops and eateries, are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Be sure to step into the bar for a drink to mix with some of the locals who frequent this snazzy bar joint.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt is a mammoth hotel that is at the top of the list for business travelers.

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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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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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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: With the new renovations and the addition of the upscale restaurant, Rebelle, The St. Anthony is a premier hotel in San Antonio.

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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: The new Hotel Emma is the "it" hotel right now for relaxed luxury, decadent cuisine and a unique curated experience.

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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 stepped in a time machine. You'll enjoy their speak-easy basement bar!

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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 luxury.

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