We stayed at the St Anthony for two nights as our first stop on a short US trip. We'd read both good and not-so-good reviews here so I think we were prepared for a mixed experience.
On the positive side the building really is a grand old charmer. The architectural details in the formal lobby area really make this building a photogenic standout. Our room, a standard, also had some charming period details such as classic black and white bathroom tiling and four poster bed. The bed itself was very comfortable and I assume relatively new. Bath towels and toiletries were fine, but nothing exceptional, and the room overall was quite clean. We didn’t use the bar or dining options, but the bar looked welcoming enough. The business centre was pretty basic, consisting of a couple of computers and printers on desks – but that was all we needed to check in for our onward flights without a fuss. The staff were polite and professional and always able to answer our questions.
On the not so positive side, our standard room seemed pretty crowded. The carpet looked old and worn, and was almost threadbare on the heavy traffic areas. New carpeting would spruce the rooms up instantly. Unfortunately, sound seemed to carry through the walls, so if you happen to have a room near some rowdy folk (as we did the first night) you will be hearing conversations quite clearly late at night. While visually stunning, the lobby area does smell of heavily scented deodoriser or similar, which is curious at least.
One of the St Anthony’s strengths is location. The hotel fronts Travis Park, and there are handy bus options almost at the door. We saved money on airport transfers by taking the no. 5 bus route to the airport on Navarro St for $1.10. Very close by there is a Walgreen’s, as well as restaurants and a few choices for breakfast. Sites such as the San Antonio Riverwalk and the Alamo are also within easy walking distance.
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- Wyndham San Antonio
- St Anthony Hotel San Antonio
- San Antonio Wyndham