I live 40 miles from the beach (South Padre Island) and spending spring break there is...........not my cup of tea. its packed, expensive, more alcohol than there is in the Gulf and a haven for citations for any type of offense small or big.
This year with the gf and friends, we planned a group trip to San Antonio for the 14th thru the 16th, a weekend stay.
It should be known that I'm a Hilton Honors member and have been for a little over 10 years and have never really stayed with the Dury hotel chain before. Our decision to go to S.A was almost a last minute thought. We didn't fully commit to going to S.A until a few weeks before the departure date. Initially we wanted to stay at one of two Dury Inn hotels in the downtown area of the Riverwalk. One is the Dury Plaza and the other is the Dury Inn and Suites. Both are highly rated and located in historical buildings but the prices were around or above $300 a nite. So we hand to expand our scope outside of the downtown area, even though that's where most of our time was to be spent. So instead we decided upon this location located near Six Flags and the La Cantera shopping center. Also the University of Texas San Antonio is also located near by from this hotel, so if you're visiting your kid or attending a graduation, this hotel is in the perfect location.
Our rate was about $170 a nite which included the various city and occupation taxes that are included in the billed.
Since we were coming from South Texas, we came thru the South of the city from US Hwy 281. The hotel located on the corner of interstate 10 and Charles Anderson loop, getting there may require some detailed directions since the roads at the intersection are a maze. Identifying the hotel is easy as it stands a bit over 10 stories tall. A parking structure makes up the first half of the hotel which also houses the lobby, pool area, and breakfast/dining area.
I should also note that an Applebee's is attached to this property, literally attached. From what I understood there is a connecting hallway that leads you to it but didn't see it as we dined out every nite at the river walk and at the shops at La Cantera and else where around town. Also near by is a Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
The hotel itself is backed up into a wooded area that offers hiking and biking trails. Its popular as most days that I looked out there was people walking the trailers and I enjoy green space especially in large cities where its a jungle of cement and steel. As most reviewers mentioned as well before I booked my stay, most prefer views of the wooded area anyways. I would suggest this as well just for the view of the green space and the distant views of the hills that make up part of the famous Texas hill country. Our view from our room was 50/50, as in 50 scenic view of the woodland area and 50 of the highway. Never had an issue of outside noise from the highway.
Now onto the hotel itself, I've always considered the Dury chain aimed at families and targets familys on a budget and offering the best bang for the buck. I thought this could be a bad thing but I was wrong. For starters, the lobby is very nicely appointed and the staff upon check in were friendly. We arrived during their "Kick back' hour which includes refreshments and food (hot dog, spaghetti and nachos) Before we headed to our room we took advantage of the Kick Back hour which is very popular with guest as it was crowded. me and the gf had reserved a Deluxe King bedroom which was decent considering we planned it on Spring Break, including the safe parking, free internet, free breakfast, and the Kickback is a package deal when you factor those in. On top of that I also joined their rewards program which looks to be better structured than Hilton's program.
Our Deluxe King room, room 1011, was clean and nicely appointed in warm colors and granite everything. I've never seen so much granite before in a hotel at this price point. Granite hallway tile (pictured below), granite counter tops and what appeared as granite counter tops on the dresser and two lamp stands. Very classy and nicely done. the bathroom was spacious, nicely tiled and very clean. For 2 people, the room and restroom was adequate for our needs. A big plus was the mini fridge and microwave which was located in the dresser where the TV stands (picture included below) and this is something that isn't offered at many hotels. The a/c unit was very efficient at cooling our room down, although a cool front blew in during Saturday evening. The a/c did however, make a loud hum as it cycled on sometimes.
I'm all for conservation and earth friendly policies to an extent and this hotel is no exception. They have toilets that have 2 different flush buttons for solid or liquid waste, which can splash your parts as the toilet system flushes in a fashion that is different from traditional toilets. They also offer a policy of reusing your towels to save water otherwise you can place them on the floor and you get fresh ones.
Everything was problem free, with the minor exception of hallway noise which could be attributed to this being a family hotel so children will be children and the fact that our door had a 1 inch or larger gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. My gf is a light sleeper so any noise and light keeps her up at night. We had to put a bath towel at the bottom of the door so she could sleep. One thing that may concern some people, was that there is no lock on the restroom door. I sort of attributed it to the fact that this is a one bed room but a friend in our group who always stays with the Dury Inn chain commented that this is how it is in all their rooms that are solely King or Double bed rooms regardless. I wouldn't say its a deal breaker but it is something that I'm uncomfortable with. Otherwise the beds were comfortable and so were the plenty of pillows provided.
On Saturday we got up late and called the front desk to request our room to be serviced, granted if house keeping was still working. Upon return back to the room, everything was made and our bathroom was restocked with fresh clean towels, so no complaints there.
Another issue that is out of the hotels hands that some families who travel and stay at Dury is the fact that on both Friday and Saturday nites was the presents of drunken guests wondering around the lobby area. on the first nite, I figured they were coming from Applebee's and were returning back to their room and one male guest was hitting on another female guest. You can tell the female guest was rather uncomfortable as she knew the man and was married. On Saturday nite, someone from the front desk told someone in our group that there was a wedding when asked what was with all the activity in the lobby. So if you're traveling with children just be aware of that.
I'd really reconsider staying with Dury now in the future when I travel. Will be returning to SA for sure and will look towards booking either Dury one of the two Dury hotels located within the Downtown Riverwalk area. Otherwise the Dury Inn & Suites at La Cantera is a solid choice for those looking to shop, visit Fiesta Texas Six Flags or if you're visiting your kid at Univ Of Texas San Antonio since all three are within a mile or 2 from this property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Near La Cantera Parkway is located at I-10 and Loop 1604 near the University of Texas at San Antonio, SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. LEED(R) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, this energy-efficient hotel uses the south Texas sun to offset electricity costs through a 36kW photovoltaic solar energy system. ... more less
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