We stayed here because the price was excellent compared to the other Riverwalk hotels we looked at.
Overall, the lobby of the hotel is very nice. Kept up and modern. But once you start walking down the hallways to get to the rooms, the maintenance goes downhill. Stained carpeting, chipping paint, etc. The room was fine once we got inside. Nice bedding. They were skimpy on the towels, but we made do.
The pool area is very nice. Large pool with plenty of beach chairs.
We paid an extra $5/person when we book to get the breakfast buffet. This was a great deal. The buffet was extensive and very tasty. If you wait to pay until you are there, they'll charge you $9.95/person - so better to choose the breakfast option when reserving.
The location is about a 1 mile walk down the Riverwalk to where all the downtown attractions and restaurants are located. If you take the surface streets - it's only a 1/2 mile to downtown. But I didn't feel very safe walking the streets - especially at night. There was a large police presence and they don't do that unless they are trying to prevent things from happening.
There is a bus/trolley that stops by the hotel. You can take that downtown for about $1.20 each way.
The hotel charges for parking too. $18/night. So be prepared for that too.
- 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
- San Antonio Holiday Inn