Best Resorts in San Antonio

From San Antonio oasis to hill country bliss at these resorts

As casual a city as San Antonio can be, there are a surprising number of luxury resorts and boutique hotels that offer the best of the best, from the service to the amenities. Add a dash of Southern hospitality and you've discovered the charm of good ole San Antone!

The William tops the list, as they are one of the newest luxury boutique resorts in the greater San Antonio. Located in Boerne, less than an hour from downtown, the staff at The William prides themselves on offering guests privacy, exclusivity and superb service. With only 11 rooms, they are able to go above and beyond to ensure whatever you're there for, you will leave with an amazing experience. 

If you prefer to be at the fulcrum of all the city's vibrant activity, then Hotel Emma might just be the place for you! Located at the Historic Pearl, home to some of San Antonio's best shops, restaurants and farmers market, this exceptional boutique hotel is situated along the north end of the River Walk. It features uniquely decorated rooms and public spaces utilizing repurposed materials, a rooftop pool and patio, a fabulous bar with refreshing cocktails and elevated bar eats and a next-door spa offering all of your favorite essentials.

Keep reading to discover more divine San Antonio resorts for you to explore!


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 Resort because: This beautiful historic hotel offers you a unique perspective into San Antonio's past.

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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 Resort because: You can luxuriate on top of the world at Mokara's amazing rooftop pool!

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Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa
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Walk into the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa and the essential elements that make up a true Texas experience are evident. This San Antonio resort offers a luxurious modern Texas ranch lifestyle. Soaring beamed ceilings, warm rich woods, a massive flagstone fireplace, cozy sofas, a 30-foot curved bar and wide bi-fold doors allowing in the fresh Hill Country air, all provide guests with the right ambiance to kick off their boots and stay awhile. This Hilton provides a number of unique guest services including three pools, the Hill Country Spa, it's signature restaurant Sun Spot and all-day dining in the Hill Country Bar, which serves traditional American and Texas cuisine. Located in the rolling hills dotted with centuries-old live oaks and indigenous plants, this hotel in San Antonio, TX is just twenty minutes from the airport, world-famous river walk and historic Alamo.

Recommended for Resort because: Hilton can always be relied upon to provide exemplary customer service and amenities.

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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 Resort because: Hotel Contessa offers you a spa and resort experience right in the middle of downtown San Antonio.

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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 Resort because: Hyatt offers guests exceptional amenities and unforgettable spa experience.

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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 Resort because: Eilan is one of the newest and most stunning resorts.

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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 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 Resort because: JW Marriott offers true luxury merged with the best of country living.

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La Cantera Resort & Spa
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The La Cantera Hill Country Resort is listed in The 2011 World's Best Hotels by Travel & Leisure 500. Stay in casitas (little houses), traditional rooms or book a luxury suite. The resort is recognized for its remarkable golf courses. The Palmer Course will help hone your skills and test your abilities. Created by Arnold Palmer, it's a golfer's dream come true. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and The Shops of La Cantera (referred to as La Cantera Mall by locals) are just two minutes away. Sea World San Antonio takes less than half an hour to reach. A short drive into the Texas Hill Country brings guests to boutiques, wineries and antique stores.

Recommended for Resort because: La Cantera Hill Country Resort is ideally located in one of the poshest parts of San Antonio.

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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 Resort because: Located at the Historic Pearl, Hotel Emma seamlessly blends San Antonio's past and present in ultimate modern luxury.

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The William
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Recently opened, The William is a new luxury boutique resort just outside of San Antonio. Located in Boerne, a lovely historic town that was established by German immigrants over 150 years ago, The William is the perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway or special occasion. While you'll have a great view of Main St. from your balcony, you can still enjoy all the privacy and relaxation you can imagine. With only 11 beautifully appointed rooms, The William loves to spoil their guests, and the in-house restaurant, Cypress Grille, is a good place to start, with a top-notch chef that sources local ingredients. Dishes range from Pecan-Smoked Bobwhite Quail to succulent a Buffalo Burger. Go tubing along the nearby Guadalupe River after a therapeutic acupressure massage in your own room, then wind down the day with a glass of champagne on your balcony. Life doesn't get better than this!

Recommended for Resort because: The William is a new luxury resort in the quaint town of Boerne, just outside of San Antonio with high-end amenities, impeccable service and more!

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