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“Very good experience.” 5 of 5 stars
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El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78205   |  
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Ranked #144 of 352 Hotels in San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 reviews
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“Very good experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

For years I have been recommending the Four Seasons, but in this price range El Tropicano River Walk is head and shoulders above the rest. The staff is courteous and when I would ask a question at the front desk, they would give me the RIGHT answer the first time.

The food was properly prepared (some other hotels just pour on the sugar) and served in a timely manner.

I attended a conference on August 15, 16 and 17. The sound system was proper for the size of the room. The rest rooms were clean and well supplied.

People who live in San Antonio told me with the price of gasoline they would just vacation at the Tropicano River Walk this year.

Larry Forbrich
misterforbrich@yahoo.com
210 262 2596

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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McKinney, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It's an older hotel that is working on its re-introduction to the riverwalk and if looks like it stepped out of the fifties, the decor is funky and eclectic. Its part of the Museum reach end which is about 7 miles by water taxi from the main riverwalk. The hotel was quiet but it was during the week. My only complaint is the bathroom height of the toilets are too low, they look like children's toilets at a elementary school. The bathroom is too small for more than 1 person and the shower fixtures really need to be cleaned of their lime deposits. The pool was nice and the food was fair. There is a on site bar and plenty of seating for eating, drinking and just relaxing. The water taxi and the trolley will pick you up in front of the hotel so that is a plus. Soon this area will be a major art district and the hotels will be full.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Alabama
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

When it comes to my repeated visits to the San Antonio area, this is usually the hotel I check for first. I love the location, not too close the the center of the downtown area, but on the riverwalk. I love the fact that I can board the Rio Taxi and ride down to the restaurants or I can walk if I prefer. I can, and I have walked to the Alamo. I love that I can purchase an all day bus pass at the front desk and board the bus (trolley) to other attractions (for instance the Institute of Texan Culture). The hotel is an older hotel, so if you are looking for perfection you probably aren't going to find it here (Elvis Pressley stayed here to give you an idea of it's age). I was checked in quickly. My room, this time, was pool view, a first for me, and quite noisy. But at prompty 11 all noise stopped. I wasn't particularly happy with the parking situation this time. Sometimes there is valet, other times not. I don't mind self park, in fact I prefer it, but I don't like the entrance to the parking lot being blocked when valet is on duty...this makes for a dangerous situation as you cant see it is blocked until it is too late. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love this hotel.

Room Tip: If you have to option request Riverview rooms...they are just quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

After getting past the nightmare at ckin.....sent to an occupied room etc.....The hotel is nice and clean and a bargain with the Groupon I bought. North end of Riverwalk , not the touristy part which is nice when I am in town on business.
WIFI is not free with the groupon which is really unsual,,,wifi is free at all the SA area hotels.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Decide to visit San Antonio for the river walk and found this place right on the river. It is nice place that has Tex-Mex feel to it. The location to the river walk where all the restaurants and shops are located is bit of a walk,15 Minutes at the most. Although it is situated away from the river walk it very quiet and peaceful where the Tropicano is located. The Staff are very friendly, willing to help you out and very efficient. The room we stayed in was facing the river and had a view that was okay, nothing to spectacular. It was clean and updated. Overall space in the room was in my opinion a little tight but it was manageable. There are a lot places on the hotel property that you can sit, have a drink and mingle which was nice. Yes I would stay here again if and when we do come back and visit San Antonio.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We traveled back in time to the 1950's! The lobby decor was bright and fun. The hotel staff was prompt, friendly, and very helpful. Check-in was a breeze. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The only disappointment was the room chairs -- only computer desk chairs were provided. I expected a comfortable club chair or equivalent. We recommend El Tropicano to other travelers.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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El Paso
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6 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were there with a convention in August 2013. Parking is limited and 1,000 + convention goers made it worse, only two elevators too, Saturday morning checkout was a zoo. With th the staff was very accomodaing and took care of everyone with a big smile. Rooms were very nice and breakfast excellent

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 110 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78205
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Location: United States > Texas > San Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #144 of 352 Hotels in San Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 306
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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