San Antonio's Top Hotels Span the Gamut from Modern to Historic

With an abundance of choices at San Antonio's best hotels, you might find it a fun challenge deciding which one suits your needs. Do you want a relaxing stay in the Texas Hill Country or perhaps you're here for a convention and you need to be in the midst of all the downtown hubbub, or maybe you desire a one-of-a-kind historic hotel. Good news is San Antonio has it all!

The Crockett Hotel is so beautiful and rich in history that everyone's excited about their recent re-opening, showcasing the extravagant multi-million dollar renovation. Located near The Alamo, The Crockett is actually an official landmark, now featuring a new atrium and 138 well-appointed guest rooms. Be one of the first to experience this updated downtown hotel. 

On the other end of the spectrum, is the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa for those who need a retreat from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. There is no better place to recharge than at the resort's exceptional spa, which comes with a divine outdoor area with day bed-like swings and an outdoor pool of its own, not to mention a wide variety of amenities. This place takes your chill to thrill!

Keep reading to find the right hotel for you!  



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 practical choice, particularly if you're visiting the convention center.

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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 ultimate luxury.

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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: This lovely downtown hotel still captures the beauty of its time and is conveniently located to top attractions.

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Omni La Mansion del Rio
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The Omni La Mansion del Rio, nestled along the historic riverwalk, is absolutely stunning with its Spanish-style architecture and elegantly furnished rooms. This amazing hotel is another of the most luxurious hotels you'll find in San Antonio with top-tier amenities that include a gorgeous courtyard with a heated swimming pool, a luxurious four-star spa and world-class fitness center, as well as the on-site restaurant, Las Canarias, which is known for the finest handmade margaritas in the city! Other outstanding amenities include live Mariachi performances and the Omni Sensational Kids program. Be careful, however, because you may find yourself unwilling or unable to leave!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Omni La Mansion del Rio offers elegance and history unlike any other and on the River Walk!

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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 merged 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 and chef Kirk's cuisine!

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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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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 and its spa 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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Crockett Hotel
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Newly re-opened, the historic Crockett Hotel is a superb choice for downtown San Antonio. Located in the heart of the city, right next to The Alamo, it provides easy access to all kinds of activities, nightlife, dining and fun for couples or the whole family. Truly beautiful architecture, the Crockett has operated independently for more than a century. The renovated hotel now offers an historic atrium and 138 thoughtfully-designed guest rooms along with luxurious suites. The Crockett now features the Crockett Tavern, a cowboy-themed restaurant and bar serving up great grub, as well as the Alamo Plaza Coffee Bar for grab and go meals and everyone's favorite, Starbucks coffee. Simply, a delight all around!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Crockett Hotel recently reopened after a significant renovation and is better than ever!

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