Feel Like Royalty Next Time You Stay in San Antonio

San Antonio is growing and changing rapidly, and the tourist industry is doing its best to keep up. Some of the newer hotels are particularly inclined to offer guests a luxury experience while still maintaining the laid back essence that defines this city. 

Hotel Emma is a perfect example of this. Recently opened, this hotel was once a brewery. They did their best to maintain the building, seamlessly integrating its assets into a uniquely curated luxury. This is the kind of superlative destination you might find in Europe. 

For the ultimate wow factor, the Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa is hard to beat. You can see this lovely gem sitting on top of the hill from the highwy. In the midst of a collection of Italian-style apartments and commercial spaces, the Eilan Hotel offers guests luxury in every sense of the word, from the marble lobby to the extravagant pool and top-notch dining and spa experiences. Although it's a little north of the city, it's worth the extra drive. 

If you like staying downtown, The St. Anthony is a great choice for guests who appreciate elegant architecture and excellent service, but frankly, you can't go wrong at any of these 10 fantastic hotels!


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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Fairmount is a unique and elegant hotel in the perfect downtown location.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Omni has become a favorite for many guests, especially for their outstanding restaurant.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Menger Hotel offers guest old-world style, history and elegance.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: In the midst of the hustle and bustle of downtown, Hotel Valencia is an oasis of divine luxury.

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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 spa, which offers body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. They also feature an upscale, romantic restaurant known as Las Ramblas, known for their unique and extraordinary tapas menu. This is the best place to stay in San Antonio, whether you're here for work, fun or something in between!

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The rooftop pool with a view, spa and overall ambiance is unparalleled!

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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 Luxury Hotels because: This Hyatt offers a fabulous spa for pure relaxation and replenishment.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hotel Emma offers a unique look into the history of San Antonio in the middle of the Pearl Brewery community.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: You can experience a true taste of the Texas Hill Country in ultimate 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 Luxury Hotels because: The St. Anthony offers old-world luxury and refinement in the heart of downtown.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: Eilan is one of the most magnificent hotels with brilliant architecture and maximum service.

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