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Relax and Rejuvenate at the Finest Riverwalk Hotels



One of this city's charms is that it welcomes everyone with open arms. There's little artifice here. You can walk into almost any hotel or restaurant wearing shorts and chanklas (sandals), if you like, or feel free to wear your favorite dress clothes. Yet, San Antonio's best Riverwalk Hotels can easily stand up against the best of the best in Texas, even in the United States. 

As casual as this town may be, it's stepping up its game lately with hotel renovations and beautification and art projects going up all over the city. Hotel Emma is easily the star of the show, and one of the newest hotels showcasing its historic roots and architecture in the most modern, funky way possible. Located at the historic Pearl, surrounded by the hottest restaurants, bars and luxury spa, it's no wonder this hotel tops the list. 

The Westin Riverwalk just received a new make-over with marble bathrooms and comfy beds, along with all the expected amenities. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Riverwalk from your hotel balcony or veranda. All you need is a margarita in hand, and everything feels right with the world! 

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Mokara Hotel & Spa San Antonio
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There isn't quite the right word that 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 Riverwalk because: Mokara is one of the finest and elegant hotels on the riverwalk.

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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 Riverwalk because: Most recently Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List cited it as one of the best hotels in the world.

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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 King William stretch of 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 Riverwalk because: Hyatt Place is a great choice for those who want a Riverwalk view but without the hefty price.

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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 is 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 Riverwalk because: The Valencia is a modern boutique hotel with superb customer service. Their restaurant, Dorrego's features exceptional cuisine inspired by Argentina and has a lovely patio.

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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 Riverwalk because: If you love to shop, the Menger is the hotel for you as it's located right next to the Rivercenter Shopping Mall!

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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.

Recommended for Riverwalk because: The Grand Hyatt is one of the most recent additions and a popular hotel destination.

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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 Riverwalk because: Hotel Contessa has a beautiful and spacious lobby, modern art-centric rooms and a restaurant patio on the tree-lined Riverwalk.

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Hotel Havana
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This stunning hotel, situated on a quiet stretch of the North Riverwalk known as the Museum Reach, is almost a century old and offers elegant accommodations, from the studios to the Penthouse Suite. Each of the 27 rooms at the Hotel Havana is unique and designed for relaxation. Each room features original Bastrop pine floors and is decorated with antique furniture, Turkish rugs, and vintage Cuban artwork. You'll feel as if you're vacationing at a popular Caribbean Island city, as the Hotel Havana is inspired by their lush riverfront surroundings. Ocho, the on-site restaurant and lounge space serves drinks and food downstairs in the lower level and upstairs on the riverfront. We highly recommend this little gem!

Recommended for Riverwalk because: The little bar that lives underneath the Hotel Havana is like a 1920's speakeasy and a favorite for locals in-the-know!

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The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
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This newly-renovated downtown hotel is on a bend of the River Walk, within one-quarter mile of Aztec on the River, La Villita, and the Torch of Friendship Sculpture. With picturesque views of the river from your balcony or terrace, it's truly one of the best choices to take advantage of what this city has to offer. It also doesn't hurt that rooms now come with marble baths, pillow top mattress and a variety of other amenities. The hotel also features an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, fitness facility, restaurant and a bar/lounge. One of the highlights is sure to be The Woodhouse Day Spa, which provides body treatments, massages, and manicures and pedicures, among other services.

Recommended for Riverwalk because: The Westin Riverwalk offers great views of the Riverwalk from gorgeous newly-renovated rooms.

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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 Riverwalk because: A true jewel of the Riverwalk, Hotel Emma and the historic Pearl, where it's situated, is the hottest hot spot in town!

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