I love chic, boutique hotels and am very picky about where I stay but I was genuinely blown away by this place. The whole hotel is an experience--from the floor-to-ceiling waterfall in the entry way to the dimly lighted sort of sexy lobby on the second floor. The lobby area which houses the restaurant, bar and has a balcony with a fire pit overlooking the river walk reminds me of a swanky bar--dim lighting, candles, a chic little lounge...it even smells good!
The room itself was very nice with a big, comfy king sized bed with high-end linens, a large flat screen tv, a lovely bathroom, and fancy little complimentary soaps and shampoos. Have you ever been to one of those hotels and thought---I wish my house looked like this? That's how I felt. Impeccably decorated.
I walked though the bar and restaurant but didn't eat there. They were equally swanky looking. They also had a pool area but being from DC I did not anticipate a pool being open in January. Looked very nice though.
Very nice location about 4 blocks from the Alamo and literally right on the river walk. About half an hour from the airport (cost about $30 including tip for a cab).
A few slight nit-picks. I loved the swanky, dim lighting throughtout the hotel, but in my room it was a bit annoying. Even with all the lights on I had a hard time doing my makeup in the bathroom (and the room itself wasn't any better). I got locked out of my room because my key stopped working the second time I used it. No free breakfast and the prices were pretty high. Lastly, the room was slightly noise until about 10:30. There was a marachi band playing at one of the restaurants on the river walk below my window. Even though I was on the 9th floor I could hear it although the air conditioning drowned it out a bit. Just be wary getting a room facing the river walk, courtyard, or a room closer to the ground level.
This hotel takes a government per diem rate and government tax exempt forms.