Arrived in San Antonio in the middle of my four city Texas trip and this hotel was excellent.
The location of this hotel is right in the middle of downtown San Antonio, which is the perfect spot for the two main attractions of the Alamo and Riverwalk. Drove right up to the front door and had valet take the car. The valet cost $23 per day, but this was not bad for a couple of reasons. First, the hotel is in walking distance of the main attractions so a car is not needed and secondly, the price is comparable to other parking lots in the area for people driving to the attractions, yet not as close as the hotel. Now there are some reviews saying that the Alamo is 3-4 blocks away from the hotel. This may be true in "San Antonio" blocks, but being from NY my definition of the word "blocks" is different. The Alamo is about a 5 minute walk equal to about 1 1/2 NYC blocks. The San Antonio blocks are so short that I anticipated the walk to be much longer. A nice short walk to the historic area.
An entrance to the Riverwalk is about 150 feet away from the hotel. Perfect since you could do what you needed to do at the Riverwalk and be right at your hotel when done. There are a few shops in the area and a 2 minute walk to a nice sports bar where we watched Italy defeat Germany in the Euro Cup. The area of the hotel is very clean and very safe. After drinking at the bars at the Riverwalk until closing time (2am), we decided to take a stroll to see the Alamo at night. Very peaceful as the Alamo is guarded by armed officers 24 hours a day. Just to be in the front of the Alamo in the quiet of night is very special.
ROOM, PRICE, CLEANLINESS and COMFORT
The price of the room was about $160, but we got the biggest suite they have. The room design was a bit awkward, but I was only sleeping there, not buying the unit. You walk in and there was the bathroom to the immediate left and the kitchen setup to the right. Had a microwave, sink, fridge (all new all stainless steel), but no stove/oven. After passing the kitchen it opened up into a HUGE room. The only problem is the beds are all in the open area. There is no separate sleeping quarters. The open space had a desk, chair and flatscreen TV that the people on the couch could see and then a random piece of wall that had a flat screen for the two beds to see. Everyone was in the same room and when both TV's are on you can hear each others shows. Don't know the purpose since you could see both TV's from one of the beds.
The couch turned into a bed which was one of the more comfortable pull out beds. The regular queen beds were very comfortable and provided a great sleep. The A/C worked good, but since the beds were all the way over on the far side of the room, it seemed like the coldest area was the kitchen and desk areas because there were not any blowers near the beds. The second you check in, put the A/C on the coldest you can so the room can have the cold air move toward the beds. Remember, the bed area is much warmer than the open area. Don't be fooled. There was a window in the room but our view seemed to be a non usable enclosed hallway. Another design flaw.
The bathroom was very clean and interesting. There were not bathroom bars of soap (you have to bring it if you want it), but soap dispensers on the wall of the shower. Liquid body soap and shampoo. I actually liked this idea and thought it was pretty cool. Since I was not sure how to work it, I nearly broke one of the things trying to get the soap out. Eventually, my college degree came in handy and I figured out how to use it. I think it is much better using the gel instead of using the same bar of soap that everyone in your suite will roll over their dirty bodies. The rest of the suite was perfectly clean...no issues at all.
BREAKFAST and OTHER AMENITIES
The lobby had some sort of 24 hour soda/juice kinda thing but to be honest I really didn't listen when they were telling me so I am not sure what it was. Since this was the ONLY day on my trip I was able to sleep late, I am unable to tell you about the breakfast which they do have and did sound good from other reviews. The lobby is very open and has computers, couches, bathrooms, front desk, ATM etc. all in one big area. Access to the hotel after a certain hour was by card key only so that is good to keep anyone from coming in off the streets to use the bathroom.
I would not hesitate to use this hotel again if going back to San Antonio. Easiest location to get around, plenty of action, and plenty of good places to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in San Antonio, the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk, TX hotel features an environmentally friendly renovation with a contemporary loft design. Nestled in a vibrant, urban neighborhood, our downtown San Antonio hotel is within walking distance of the Alamo, the River Walk, Hemisfair Park and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld and San Antonio Zoo are a short drive away. Plan an extended stay at our San Antonio Riverwalk hotel when visiting the HEB Corporate Headquarters, AT&T, Deloitte and other San Antonio companies. Feel at home in a studio or one-bedroom suite with a living area, fully equipped kitchen and movable furniture. Connect to free WiFi and an iHome clock radio with iPod and MP3 docks, or watch a movie on the 42-inch HDTV. Hang out at the Oasis, enjoy a free Inspired Table™ breakfast, watch television, or surf the web on your laptop or a business center computer. Swim in our indoor saline pool or multitask at Spin2 Cycle, where you can run on a treadmill while you run a load of wash. ... more less
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- Home2 Suites By Hilton San Antonio-Downtown/Near The River Walk Hotel