San Antonio hotels the kids will love as much as you

San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, perhaps because you can enjoy the sunshine almost all year round. The best hotels and resorts have gone all out to make sure kids and families can play and luxuriate outdoors and stay cool in the pool on those sweltering afternoons. 

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa is home to an incredible five-acre water park that includes a 950-foot rambling river, a year-round Texas pool, activity pool, kiddie pool, hot tubs and a water slide. Be careful though, bring them here and you might not see them the entire vacation. They are known to have one of the best pools, not just in Texas, but in the entire United States. 

For kids and families that appreciate something a little bit different, Hotel Emma is one of San Antonio's most unique hotels, as it was transformed from an operational brewery into the beautiful boutique hotel it is today. Having utilized or re-purposed so much of the original elements, it's a treat to explore this hotel from top to bottom. A rooftop pool and some of the best hot cocoa to start your day are just a few of the added perks. 

Your guaranteed the kids might not ever want to go home!


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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Although a business-centric hotel, you can and should bring the kids along. They'll love the pool and easy access downtown hot spots.

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Mokara Hotel & Spa San Antonio
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There isn't quite the right word than can fully express the opulence, luxury and elegance of this amazing hotel and spa located, you guessed it, right next to San Antonio's famous riverwalk, just three blocks from the Alamo. This wonderful sanctuary for weary travelers offers guests the finest in everything you can imagine. They're small compared to most hotels on the riverwalk, but this allows them to offer guests unusually attentive treatment and care. Guests can enjoy the full-service spa meant for relaxation and rejuvenation, the rooftop pool that offers excellent views of the city, a café, bar and restaurant, as well as a hairdressing salon, a currency exchange facility and so much more. Get ready to luxuriate in heaven on earth at Mokara.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Mokara has a fantastic rooftop pool with magnificent views of the city!

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Hotel Contessa - Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
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Hotel Contessa isn't only one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in San Antonio but it's just a few blocks down the street from the Convention Center. Upon entering the Contessa, you might think you're in some other metropolitan city, perhaps even out of the country. This stylish and contemporary 4-star hotel sports a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, technology support staff, and audio-visual equipment for those who need it. After an exhausting day at the convention center, be sure to also take advantage of their full-service health spa, which offers body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. They also have two on site-restaurants, including the amazing Las Ramblas, which has recently launched a fabulous new tapas menu. This is the best place to stay in San Antonio, whether you're here for a convention or not!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: With contemporary class, a rooftop pool and great food, the kids will be more than content at this downtown gem.

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Hyatt Place San Antonio - Riverwalk
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Often overlooked, the Hyatt Place San Antonio Riverwalk is actually one of the best hotels you'll find in downtown San Antonio. They're more affordable than many of the upscale hotels, but still, have all of the amenities families expect from a brand such as Hyatt. One of the perks of this hotel is its ideal location. You can hop on the riverwalk and be in the midst of all the downtown excitement within minutes, such as restaurants, riverboats and shopping or head into the quaint little arts district known as Southtown, where you'll find even more shops, restaurants and even family-friendly bars like the Friendly Spot!

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This hotel is an affordable option for families still looking for style and easy riverwalk access.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Omni is a gorgeous hotel with old-world style, not to mention one of the most amazing restaurants in town!

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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 offers fresh, creative selections. There is an emphasis on fresh sustainable ingredients. Lantana Spa is onsite 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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Both kids and adults get spoiled at this fantastic resort. Let the kids float the river while you enjoy a spa day!

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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 around the fountains outside. You feel like you're overseas, not just in San Antonio.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Eilan will be an easy favorite if you have teenagers, who will feel like they got a special vacation out of the country.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: Mom and Dad will love the elegance of this hotel, while the kids will love the convenience to the mall and other attractions.

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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 its 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 will showcase its culinary prowess in multiple ways, including at its restaurant Supper; the bar and clubroom Sternewirth; and Larder, the curated market.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hotel Emma has surprises around every corner with plenty for kids to explore. The rooftop pool is just a bonus.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: With a lazy river, three pools, water slide and a myriad of activities for kids and families, this resort is a dream come true.

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