Home2 Suites San Antonio is a great alternative to the more expensive Riverwalk chains that charge a small fortune for kennel-sized rooms overlooking the creek. There are puts and trades to consider with Home2 Suites, but if you're looking for clean, spacious rooms with a great downtown location that's an easy walk to the Alamo, the Riverwalk and the convention center, this hotel rocks.
The cons: As mentioned by previous reviewers, there's a truly funky smell in the lobby that's worthy of a hazmat team investigation. The "breakfast buffet" is seriously lacking of anything healthy – starch and more starch. The coffee tastes like USAIR leftover grounds. The layout for the "buffet" is reminiscent of a college cafeteria – skip breakfast and avoid the lobby in general.
Also on the con side is the bizarre, industrial building air conditioning vent in each room. The "free earplugs available" note on the desk in the room should have been a clue (another reviewer also mentioned this odd engineering fiasco). In addition to the room's own AC/thermostat, which works fine, there's a weird AC system tied to the building that triggers a jet engine duct system every hour or so. The thunderous noise is unnerving until you get used to it, then it's just like being at a hotel near the runways at O'Hare. A true road warrior can block out this sort of distraction, but if you're a light sleeper or are alarmed by sudden industrial wind tunnel noises, you may want to find a different hotel.
The pros: the rooms are large and have a functional kitchen. This is huge for the business traveler or the family on holiday. The full-sized refrigerator, large microwave and stocked plates, bowls and utensils are a great benefit if you like to occasionally eat on your own, in your room.
There's good electricity in the room – enough outlets for the business traveler. The TV selection is very limited but the TV itself is built to accommodate almost any plug-in – if you have the cables, you can run HDMI or other sources from your laptop into the TV. The hotel WiFi is good – 2.2 MB from SpeedTest – slightly above average and acceptable for basic connectivity. San Antonio itself is under an AT&T cloud/hotspot umbrella – if you have AT&T on your devices, you can get up to 8MB.
The hotel is big on being a "green" property. The "light cleaning" notices worried me until I realized that this hotel's "light cleaning" is just as good as most chain's daily services. They don't change the sheets every day, but they do come in and make the bed, take out the garbage and leave fresh towels. They also vacuum and tidy up – pretty much the same as any major chain – the only difference is no fresh sheets each day. They also place recycle containers near the elevators – a nice touch for those of use who want to save the planet.
The hotel staff is young and polite. Very nice folks that make the place feel comfortable and pleasant. If you're looking for a less expensive alternative to the Riverwalk properties, this is a great choice. The many small perks make it a deal for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in San Antonio, the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio Downtown - Riverwalk, TX hotel features an environmentally friendly renovation with a contemporary loft design. Nestled in a vibrant, urban neighborhood, our downtown San Antonio hotel is within walking distance of the Alamo, the River Walk, Hemisfair Park and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld and San Antonio Zoo are a short drive away. Plan an extended stay at our San Antonio Riverwalk hotel when visiting the HEB Corporate Headquarters, AT&T, Deloitte and other San Antonio companies. Feel at home in a studio or one-bedroom suite with a living area, fully equipped kitchen and movable furniture. Connect to free WiFi and an iHome clock radio with iPod and MP3 docks, or watch a movie on the 42-inch HDTV. Hang out at the Oasis, enjoy a free Inspired Table™ breakfast, watch television, or surf the web on your laptop or a business center computer. Swim in our indoor saline pool or multitask at Spin2 Cycle, where you can run on a treadmill while you run a load of wash. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Home2 Suites By Hilton San Antonio-Downtown/Near The River Walk Hotel