I spent a night here recently with family, we had two rooms (a king bed suite and a two queen bed suite), and we were really happy with almost everything at the Drury Plaza. The building itself is beautiful, and the lobby alone is worth a visit. The rates we got for our rooms were very competitive with the other hotels in the area, I would definitely stay here again on future visits to San Antonio.
Location - the Drury Plaza is right on the Riverwalk, and just around the corner are a number of decent restaurants, bars and scenic views. There is also a riverboat tour station just around the corner from the Drury Plaza. We were in town for a soccer game at the Alamodome, and we had trouble getting a cab after the game and ended up walking back to the hotel. We checked afterwards and it was a little over a mile away, but it was a safe, easy and mostly scenic walk, and there isn't too much in downtown San Antonio that is farther away than the Alamodome.
Rooms - The suites don't have huge rooms, but they do a good job fitting everything into the available space. Both rooms in the suite had flatscreen TVs, and the bathrooms were quite large as well.
Parking - Parking can be a major pain on the Riverwalk, and can be expensive. The Drury Plaza has in-and-out valet parking for $21 per night, which is safe and a very good price for downtown San Antonio.
"Extras" - I'd never stayed at a Drury property before, but apparently they are known for their complimentary hot food happy hours and hot morning breakfasts. We stayed on a Saturday night, and the nightly happy hour was packed. It wasn't amazing, but it was free, and included 3 alcoholic beverages. The breakfast was quite good as well.
The 22nd floor - The 22nd floor has a couple outdoor hot tubs and an outdoor pool, along with an outdoor terrace. We were traveling with a couple small children, and they loved the pool and the hot tub. Neither was particularly hot (which was noticeable on brisk fall weekend day), but we still spent over an hour in the pool and hot tubs. We went back up to the terrace after the complimentary happy hour, and the sunset views were quite spectacular.
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I should note that we didn't have any major issues, but there were a few things that could have moved my review to 5 circles instead of 4..
The service - Everyone was very polite, but the hotel seemed to be staffed at a lower level than what you get at more traditional "upscale" hotels. This isn't a complaint as much as a suggestion that adding a couple more headcount could make the experience even better with check-in/check-out, valet parking and the lines during the reception
The free receptions - As noted earlier, this is a nice perk and adds to the value of the price the Drury Plaza charges. But there were pretty long lines to get drinks and at times for the food as well.
Outside noise - This wasn't too bad for a Saturday night, but we were on a mid-level floor and a couple times we heard some crazies revving their engines or cranking their car stereos. I expect this would be the case at most of the hotels near Market and Commerce, but it was noticed.
All in all, this was an excellent stay at a beautiful facility, and I would recommend the Drury Plaza to families, tourists and business travelers alike.
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