Upon check in, we were automatically upgraded to a high-level, beautifully decorated corner room, which afforded an interior balcony that overlooked the "emotionally cooling" water-featured lobby during the heat wave. The "really cool" glass elevators are operated by your room "key cards," which provides a security feature for keeping outsiders from gaining access to the upper floors, gym, rooftop swimming pool. This hotel is in a great central location, right ON the Riverwalk and just a block from the Alamo. From the rooftop of the hotel, where the shallow but refreshing lap pool is located, you can experience breathtaking views in practically all 4 directions. We were in town for a graduation during a spell of four of the hottest days --102, 104, 104, and 104 -- of the summer in mid August, but we were very cool and comfortable in all parts of this hotel. Because of having to be out and about very early on several mornings, were very pleased with the 6 a.m. opening of Einstein's Bagels in the hotel lobby area, where we had several delicious breakfasts. Were pleased to be able to print out our own boarding passes at the lobby Concierge Desk computer and printer. All iNote: There is structured parking across the street that is much less expensive than the valet parking.