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306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2953
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#22 of 372 hotels in San Antonio
Travelers' Choice
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See why so many travelers make Hotel Contessa their hotel of choice when visiting San Antonio. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Nearby landmarks such as St Joseph Catholic Church (0.2 mi) and Alamo Plaza (0.2 mi) make Hotel Contessa a great place to stay when visiting San Antonio.

Rooms at Hotel Contessa provide a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Hotel Contessa guests have access to room service, a concierge, and a rooftop terrace. You can also enjoy a pool and a lounge.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the steakhouses, including Saltgrass Steak House, Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood, and Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, all of which are a short distance from Hotel Contessa.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out The Alamo (0.3 mi), San Antonio Market Square (0.5 mi), or Tower of the Americas (0.5 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance.

At Hotel Contessa, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to San Antonio.

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Facial treatments
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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kmlcnm wrote a review Jul 2020
texas12 contributions3 helpful votes
We first stayed at the Contessa about 12 years ago, and since then we've tried other places at a similar price point. There is just something about the patios, the bar, the exposed brick, and the perfect service... we absolutely love this place and will always come back!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from General Manager, Owner at Hotel Contessa
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us! We are delighted to hear you decided to come back to stay after many years and had another wonderful stay. Our Texas chic decor lends a relaxed and comfortable environment allowing guests to sit back and enjoy the views of San Antonio. We can't wait to welcome you back! Sincerely, Troy Mathews General Manager
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Karen H wrote a review Feb 2020
Lebanon, Ohio5 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Never having been to San Antonio before, we we unsure of the best location to stay. We came across the Hotel Contessa on the internet and took a chance. While on the “quieter” side of the Riverwalk, it still offers easy access to everything the Riverwalk has to offer. Also an easy walk to other attractions such as the Alamo and the cathedral. Our suite was spacious and comfortable and the staff was most helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend and stay again!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from BHIGeneralManager, General Manager at Hotel Contessa
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your 5-star review with us! We are so glad you took a chance on us for your San Antonio adventure and were pleasantly surprised. Many of our guests mention how much they enjoy our properties location along the calmer side of the River Walk while still being close to great Downtown attractions. I am also glad to hear you enjoyed your spacious suite and our hospitable staff. Our Contessa team is wonderful and truly go above and beyond for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back! Sincerely, Troy Mathews General Manager
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Greg J wrote a review Jul 2020
Cleveland, United States89 contributions19 helpful votes
Wonderful place to stay in the heart of San Antonio. Something about sitting on a lounge poolside chair seeing the city, at their rooftop pool. Everything in San Antonio is walkable from the Alamo, located right on the Riverwalk. We stayed on the seventh floor, Rivewalk side, which may be a little too high if you want to see the river from your room. Well appointed rooms, though. The tree below blocks the river, with a view of a parking garage across the River - but again this was not a deal breaker for us - as trees below create the ambiance at the river level. When we booked they offered us to share our stay on social media, which they then gave us a $15 food and drink voucher for free! (Note: They will charge your room at first, but then give you the $15 credit upon checkout). We used our voucher for a free breakfast at their great restaurant located right on the River. During COVID-19 most restaurants will be closed by 8PM, but there are a couple like a Mexican restaurant and the Republic of Texas (that are open till 10pm or so). This is definitely the place to stay, though, if you want to be in the heart of San Antonio with clean amenities, great location, and picturesque on the River.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: Select rooms lower than the 6th floor if you want to see the River from your room.
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Response from General Manager, Owner at Hotel Contessa
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful review with us, Greg! It sounds like you had a comfortable and relaxing getaway to San Antonio with Hotel Contessa as your home base. Our convenient location in the heart of Downtown lends the perfect distance to great attractions in the area. I'm so glad to hear you also enjoyed our rooftop pool and dining at our restaurant. We hope to welcome you back again! Sincerely, Troy Mathews General Manager
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Ranelle H wrote a review Jul 2020
Lake Jackson, Texas22 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent the weekend at this property in mid July. The customer services was outstanding from before we got there until we walked out the door. I needed to change the number of rooms and called the hotel to make sure it was right. She immediately took care of my request. When we arrived the valet personnel was helpful and friendly. We had a request at the front desk and they quickly took care of our needs. Everyone was so helpful. It's a beautiful property with a great bar and restaurant.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from General Manager, Owner at Hotel Contessa
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us! We appreciate your kind words and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Our team is so happy to have guests in our hotel and strive to ensure everyone is comfortable and having a great time in San Antonio. We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Troy Mathews General Manager
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Jssanch s wrote a review Jul 2020
Houston, Texas2 contributions7 helpful votes
I decided to book a trip to San Antonio for the 4th of July weekend back in early January before everyone knew how this COVID-19 virus was going to play out. Everyone is experiencing this virus differently from not being effected at all, to lives being lost. It has been a roller coaster. From whole states shutting down, to counties and small businesses. How it has effected me personally is job loss, family illness and having to move from my residence. I have a family of 4, counting my wife and 2 toddlers, age 3 and 4. Honestly, the last thing on my mind was a trip I booked back in January through Expedia. With the state of Texas being hit hard these last couple of days and weeks, we have been strictly focused on taking care of our kids the best we can. So fast-forward to the 4th of July, it didn’t cross my mind about the trip I had booked back in January. I review my account and I get hit with a $264 charge for not cancelling. Now I understand that they have a "cancellation policy" in place for a reason. You cant have people book rooms and not show up left and right on a normal business bases. However, we're all going through a World Pandemic. We're not sure if the state is going to shut down tomorrow, the country will get worse or what tomorrow brings. We are not in the world of "business as usual". As people should adjust to the new normal, so should businesses and their "policies". I understand I should have cancelled the reservation prior to the 4th of July to avoid any fees, but I also believe due to the current situation we're ALL experiencing, Hotel Contessa should have provided a reminder, courtesy reminder call or some form of communication to explain their business approach during this COVID-19 crisis. Are they closing the hotel, are they limiting staff and rooms being reserved, etc. Had their Hotel been ordered to shut down, I'm sure they would have sent me an email saying "Sorry, Hotel is being closed during your stay, good luck!". Again, the new circumstances should call for new measures. Again, this virus has affected everyone differently. Some folks feel free to travel, others are under so much stress during this virus. At the least a courtesy call to guests with reservations in the near future should be given a call as a courtesy to find out their situation, cancel if need be or keep the reservation active. Due to the current situation, I feel I was unfairly charged $264 and I tried to resolve the matter with the Hotel and Expedia. I was given the runaround with the Hotel Contessa for 3-4 business days telling me the Hotel manager was not available to solve my issue or approve the refund. And Expedia said they will continue to follow up until a response is provided. They just sent me an email telling me Hotel Contessa refused to provide a refund and I'm out of luck. I explained to them my job loss, family illness to the corona virus, and moving and it didn’t make a difference at all. Its completely wrong on so many levels and I guess the quick $264 profit is more important then having a continuing customer in the future. This Hotel and others should expect a rise in cancellations, no shows and adjustments to different situations of their customers. I don’t expect them to understand what I'm going through or what my family is going through, I just expected them to do the right thing, as human's going through this world pandemic that’s killing people and they failed. Spend you money elsewhere, if something goes wrong with your stay, don’t expect them to be on your side.
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Date of stay: July 2020
$163 - $319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Contessa
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Contessa?
Nearby attractions include San Antonio River Walk (0.1 miles), The Alamo (0.3 miles), and The Magicians Agency Theatre (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Contessa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Contessa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Contessa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Contessa?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Contessa?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Panaderia, Biga on the Banks, and Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Contessa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Is Hotel Contessa located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of San Antonio.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Contessa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Contessa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Hotel Contessa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.