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“Awsome country feel in the heart of a big city!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Antonio KOA Campground

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602 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219 (East Side)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hot Springs, AR
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awsome country feel in the heart of a big city!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2009

Overlook the surroundings as you drive towards this KOA. The area is a little scary but don't be put off by what you are seeing. Truly one of the best KOA's that we have stayed at! If you want extra space, stay on rows near the creek. Also the Kabins toward the back of the park would offer more quite, then the ones near the front. We felt VERY safe inside of the park. Nice pool and great space for kids and dogs.
Super close to all down town attractions( w/in 10 min).

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, TX
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

we went there with a group of friends (more than 20 of us) and we were a lil disappointed. It didn't feel like a campground at all, no nature-feel or see (there's even an apartment complex across the street), looks like shady, bad side of town, overcrowded, cabins and RV's too close to each other, and there's a 10PM to 7AM quiet time! Not for those who wanna stay up all night and make some noise with friends. Wi-fi was verrrrryyyy slow to non-existent. The only thing I like was our new, clean lodge (Kamping Lodge). It was cute but has everything u'll need -- ref, microwave, stove, 2 small TV's, own bathroom, spacious deck wth table and benches.

I guess the place is ok if u wanna try living in a trailer park overcrowded with cabins/RV's/trailers, but if u really want the camping feel try looking somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

I thought this resort was great for kids. We stayed in a two room cabin. Although, it was small, we had plenty of room to sleep and all of our luggage. We loved the porch swing and the outside picnic table. Our cabin area was under the trees and so it stayed shaded and cool the entire time! The best part was no t.v. and the kids played outside the entire time. It felt very safe and was full of other families. No loud and offensive campers. The bathrooms stayed cleaned for the most part, although I think that they should clean them more than once a day. We loved the pool and the hot tub. The pool at both ends also had two baby pools that were very shallow. They were both very clean and the pool is heated. They had a great breakfast at the Chuckwagon the next morning and it was very inexpensive. The most expensive breakfast was $4.25 and it included coffee or tea. Can't beat that! Best of all, it was close to most of SA major attrations like the Riverwalk , zoo and Splash Town. It was only about a 25 minute drive from Sea World. I'll never stay in another hotel with the kids in San Antonio again. I will stay here from now on!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

The family, myself, wife, 11 year old daughter and 9 year old boy, spent Easter week , 03/22/08-03/28/08 at this KOA. The weather was great, high 70's and 80's and sunny most days. Which was better than at home in Wisconsin where it was cold with a snow storm that brought 14 inches of snow.

The campground is typcal KOA and is not the worst one I have been to, but not the best either. The sites are tight together and the campground was pretty full most of the week. The pool was great as it is heated to around 80 degrees. The hot tub is very small and only held about 4 people. The kids loved the pool and the playground. This was the first times the kids spent almost no time in the camper and never said they were bored or sat around and watched a movie. I wish they had put put golf or more green space, but it is still pretty nice and clean.

I had read a couple reviews where there were concerns over the clothes washiers and driers being outside. They are in a shelter which only had three sides and had no problems with this. Atleast it wasn't like some that are inside and so hot and humid that you cannot stand it. The washier and drier seemed clean and worked fine.

The best thing about this place was that the city bus stops just outside the grounds and only cost us $3.00 each way. Please keep in mind that the bus does go through a very bad part of town. We felt safe on the bus, but were only on the bus durring the day time.

Over all, it was a great time and I would recommend this campground to everyone.

  • Liked — Public transportation/ close to the Alamo
  • Disliked — Having to go through the bad neighborhood to get to the Alamo
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2008

We booked a weekend stay in a one room Kabin at the campground. We love to camp, but since we were flying, we couldn't bring all our camping gear. This was the first time we'd stayed at a KOA Kabin.

We arrived at the campground about 8pm Fri evening and the office had just closed. We waited for the night security to check us in and get us into our Kabin. TIPS: If you check in late, make sure the night person gives you a tag for your rearview mirror that has the code to get in the gate after hours. We didn't get one right away. Also, you are supposed to stop by the office the next morning to "officially" register, which we weren't told. But, neither was a big deal.

We went to the Kabin and made our bed. By the way, you have to bring your own linens and pillows. There is an air conditioner and heater in the Kabins. We didn't have our own pillows, but bought 2 really cheap ones at Target and just left them when we left. There is one double bed with a thin mattress and 2 bunk beds with slightly thicker mattresses. There was also a pull out bed underneath one of the beds. The are at least 2 outlets in the room.

Our first night, we didn't sleep very well. The bed was uncomfortable (about as comfortable as sleeping on the ground, which I know you have to expect when camping) and there was traffic noise from a bridge behind the Kabin. The next night, we got smart and took the mattresses from the bunk beds and put them under our double bed. We also had ear plugs. The second night was better.

The rest rooms were very close to our Kabin and had 2 free shower stalls. Don't forget to bring shoes for the shower. There is also a little laundry room next to the bathrooms. I think it was $1.00 to wash and $0.75 to dry.

The campground was pretty full all weekend and there were lots of families with kids. They have a swimming pool and a little park area with a basketball court and a rec room. I think this place is ideal for traveling families.

I probably wouldn't stay here again, but feel comfortable recommending it for families with young kids and anyone looking for an inexpensive rustic "camping" experience.

  • Liked — Inexpensive, Camping
  • Disliked — Traffic noise from being close to industrial park
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SuLily
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2008

First you have to understand the circumstances: three sisters on a road trip to the great Texan mecca: the Alamo. By the time we got to the towns around San Antonio we were tired of eachother and the old '85 Buick we were in was having problems. Using our femenine wiles we got a guy to help us and we went on our way. That was when the rain began, not a nice sprinkling or drizzle, but a downpour.
To make a long story short we wreak the car and have a taxi take us, still heavily raining, to what we think is a hotel. However my elder sister who planned the trip, tells us that we are -camping-. Imagine, 3 girls, two young adults, one teenager, who don't camp, putting together a tent in the freezing downpour of rain.
The next morning we took showers, found some not-quite-wet clothes and go to the main office. They kindly tell us where we can wash and dry our clothes and give us towels to dry our tent, and are very nice and courteous. Another cute thing is that they have 'movie nights' and things with free popcorn for the teens, it was nice. The campground was also by the bus, which was nice, because we no longer had a car.

  • Liked — the freindly people
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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california
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2007

This is our first campground in our new motor home. All the spots are easy to get into. Very quiet. We liked it so much we decided to stay for a week. Sharlene and Don set us up in a great new spot with a huge front yard for our dogs (see pic). The park is loaded with Pecan trees and a creek south of the park. There is a big store and i understand there will be a restaurant soon.
Easy to find from the freeways. Nice playground for the kids and a horse shoe double pit. The Alamo and River walk is close and there are tours and or a bus stop out front that takes you to town.
The park is very large with many rustic places to walk your dogs.
Don will have you follow him when you arrive right to your spot for the easiest entry.
We shall be back. We have been camping for over 30 years and this is one of the nicest parks we've stayed at.
Michael Griffin
Southern California

Stayed April 2007
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Additional Information about San Antonio KOA Campground

Address: 602 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219
Location: United States > Texas > San Antonio > East Side
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in San Antonio
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
San Antonio Koa Campground Hotel San Antonio

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