San Antonio Hotels Perfect for the Whole Family

Family vacations start with a fabulous hotel. When staying in San Antonio, the choices for family-friendly hotels are numerous but some should not be overlooked when making such an important decision. 

J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa has it all, including a lazy river for floating and fun, beautiful pools, incredible spa, farm-to-table restaurants and a TPC golf course. The hard part will be deciding which to do first! 

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is an equally beautiful place to stay with an assortment of luxurious amenities, from a water playground to golf and a relaxing spa. It's the kind of place you just may never want to leave. 

The Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa is another wonderful resort with just about everything you could ask for in a hotel. Also located on the north side of the city, you can take advantage of the shopping destinations nearby, such as La Cantera and the Rim. Fiesta Texas is conveniently located next to La Cantera. 

If you prefer the hustle and bustle of downtown, make sure to check out Hotel Contessa and Mokara, located along the riverwalk. Both have amazing rooftop pools, where you can enjoy the city from afar! 



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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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Emily Morgan sits right next to the Alamo and offers great views of downtown!

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Its name means Palace by the River. This Hilton property is directly across from the River Walk's boat service. Take the river boat to restaurants or clubs or walk leisurely along the river banks. Major attractions are within walking distance. With nearly 500 rooms, the hotel is a milestone in San Antonio's history. Built in 1968 to welcome the Texas World Fair, each hotel room was constructed and fully decorated with furniture and amenities before arriving at the construction site. Recently, the property underwent a $27 million guestroom redesign. Visitors enjoy first-rate upgrades and great amenities. The only hotel in downtown San Antonio that features a private balcony in every room.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This Hilton is a stunning hotel with history and great views of San Antonio.

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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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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 luxury, style and a rooftop pool to-die-for, the Contessa is the best hotel to stay in if you're wanting to be downtown.

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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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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The kids are going to go nuts for Eilan's gorgeous pool and private cabanas!

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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: This hotel offers all of the luxurious amenities that any and all families will enjoy!

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: This hotel offers a true getaway that offers a little something special for everyone in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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