First off, I've stayed at worse hotels. However, it was old and dated. The bed was literally broken. I thought it was soft when I laid down on it, but it wasn't until the morning after until that I looked under the bed and saw a number of the bed frame boards busted out and sticking through the mattress! The bed skirt was dirty and I don't want to know what that stain was...
On the plus side the TV worked, the water ran hot and strong, the towels were fluffy, the AC blew cold, and the room was relatively clean. It had a cute little balcony with some dated chairs that needed replacing. I didn't try the bar or the food so I can't comment on them.
The location is good. It's about a mile walk on the riverwalk upstream to the Pearl Market and museum. Not sure how long of walk to the downtown portion but you can always catch the river taxi.
So, I've been in worse places. It was mostly clean, just dated. It would not be my first choice on the Riverwalk, but I can't really afford my first choice :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premier hotel on the San Antonio Riverwalk boasts premium amenities. Indulge yourself at the Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in downtown San Antonio. Our tropical hotel is conveniently located near many downtown entertainment and business destinations. As your family arrives at this downtown San Antonio hotel, you will be welcomed by a gleaming mosaic of over 300,000 gorgeous glass tiles, as well as beautiful Mexican art. Situated at the start of the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk, our hotel is convenient to local attractions including the Alamo, Tower of the Americas, Market Square, San Antonio Zoo and the Alamodome. You can catch the trolley from our hotel to your destination. Corporate travelers can appreciate the convenience of our San Antonio Riverwalk accommodations with easy access to the San Antonio International Airport, Henry B. Gonzales Center and companies such as Bank of America, AT & T, American Payroll, USAA, Valero Energy and Kinetic Concepts. We also provide business services including faxing, copying, printing and free high-speed Internet access. While lodging at our hotel in downtown San Antonio, see toucans in our aviary, visit our on-call massage therapist, exercise in the 3,000 square foot STRIVE Fitness Studio, swim in the out door heated pool or dine at our full-service restaurant and bar, where kids eat for free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn San Antonio
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