New and Renovated Hotels Near San Antonio's Alamodome



Many tourists find themselves needing to stay close to the Alamodome in San Antonio. As one of the largest stadium facilities in the country (it seats 65,000 people) originally built for the Spurs, the Alamodome is host to all kinds of popular events now. Within easy walking distance and certainly a quick cab drive away are dozens of great hotels that can service all your needs.

If you like to travel in style, then you'll want to take advantage of the recently-opened Hotel Emma, a boutique hotel of the highest caliber. Foodies and architecture buffs might not want to leave once they get their foot in the door, however. Hotel Emma at the Pearl is a culinary hub. You'll no doubt want to grab a bite to eat at their restaurant, Supper, before heading to your event, hat is, unless you're really craving a generic hot dog and light beer. 

St. Anthony, located downtown, is another popular hotel destination right now. Since they've recently undergone some major renovations, this hotel has been made new again, yet is as elegant as it was in its heyday. The hotel's restaurant, Rebelle, is run by the esteemed Chef Bowers, known also for his popular Southtown eatery, Feast. You'll want to take time to eat at both.

Read on to find more amazing hotels. Each one has something to offer, even if it's just an affordable place to lay your head when you're not having fun at the Alamodome!



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The Fairmount Hotel
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Although renovated, the Fairmount has retained its 1906-style classical Victorian elegance. If you're looking for regal style combined with a romantic flair, this downtown San Antonio hotel is it! Located across the street from the San Antonio Convention Center and one block from the riverwalk and the La Villita artists' shops, it's an ideal place to stay if you want to take in the city and all it has to offer. On the first floor of the Fairmount Hotel, you'll find Chef Jason Dady's (one of San Antonio's finest) chic and vibrant Tre Trattoria Downtown. This authentic Tuscan Italian restaurant offers spectacular views of the beautiful Hemisfair Park and Tower of Americas. Also within walking distance, is San Antonio's arts district, Southtown.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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.


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


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