We stayed at the San Antonio Riverwalk Embassy Suites in late July, 2013. Valet check-in is thorough. While it's not cheap at $27 per night, the guys here are quick and very business-like. The hotel check-in was fairly quick and efficient. Although the lobby was very crowded, we were in our room in less than 15 minutes after walking in. You do need a room key to activate the elevator, so we appreciated this security feature. As there were five in our party, we requested a corner suite for the extra room. Our suite was on the tenth floor, and had plenty of room for all of us. The two teenage girls took over the living room, while our nine year old stayed with us in the bedroom. The two queen-sized beds were very comfortable, and the living area was well appointed with a sofa bed, comfy chairs, and a nice eating/work area. There were multiple plugs for charging laptops and cell phones. There was a sink area, ubiquitous ice bucket, and mini-fridge. Each room had a flat screen television with plenty of cable tv channel options.
One of Embassy's selling features is the cooked to order breakfast. We were not disappointed with the breakfast selection. The buffet offered scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon or sausage, French toast or hot cakes, fresh fruit and yogurt. There was also an omelette bar with rapid service. Breakfast cereals and breakfast pastries and breads are also available. Coffee, or juice was also available. The coffee comes from a machine and is the most disappointing and mediocre option in the breakfast lineup. The dining area is very large and elegantly appointed. It's nice to eat on china plates with silverware instead of plastic and paper, although cups are the foam variety for the mediocre coffee. Meh. There is a coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea in the room.
Each evening, the hotel offers a Manager's reception with beer/wine/adult beverages and some finger foods. Soft drinks are available for the under21 crowd in the same eating area as breakfast. This hotel also has an onsite restaurant which we did not patronize, however it looks to be on the upscale side.
The pool was visited, and is conveniently located. It is on the small side, but no one expects an Olympic-sized pool here. The hotel is on the Riverwalk, so you are minutes away from fine/casual dining and bar-hopping. The trolley stops in front of the hotel, so you are quick five minute ride from the convention center, or a ten minute walk to the Alamo.
We had an exceptionally comfortable stay here, and we're looking forward to our next stay. Over the years, our July trips to the Alamo City Riverwalk have taken us to The Menger, The Emily Morgan, The Alamodome Staybridge Suites, The Holiday Inn Market Square, the Drury Inn & Suites, and the Hyatt Place and the Riverwalk Embassy Suites is by far the best of that bunch without question. This will be our family's hotel of choice when visiting San Antonio.
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